“Maganda rin ‘yong challenge. Never pa ako nakakita ng nanganganak. Hindi pa ako nanganak,” said Iza Calzado on portraying for the first time the role of a midwife in Sheryl Rose Andes’ “Pandanggo sa Hukay,” a finalist of Cinemalaya 2019.
“So ang intensyon talaga is for me to go the clinic, but noong nag-film sila, I was away. Nagworkshop lang kami sa UST and sa ibang lying-in clinics. Nanood lang ako ng mga pelikula, mga Youtube content on birthing, which I do not encourage you to watch. It’s traumatic,” confessed Iza.
“Pandanggo sa Hukay” is a crime-drama movie that depicts how a small-town midwife’s preparation for a job interview is disrupted by series of unfortunate turn of events.
The cast includes Ybes Bagadiong, Acey Aguilar, Diva Montelaba, Charlie Dizon, Star Orjaliza, Mercedes Cabral, Sarah Pagcaliwagan-Brakensiek.
Catch “Pandanggo Sa Hukay” at the 15th Cinemalaya from Aug. 2 to 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and in selected cinemas nationwide. The wide commercial theatrical run begins on Aug. 7 to 13. (Report by Daisy Liezel Cuison)