Everyone can relate to any tidbits about love because we all have our own love stories to tell. Manic, crazy, hidden, slow, intense, sudden, persistent, deliberate, and fate knows what else! That cupid moment can drag you to heaven, hell, or limbo… your choice. The kind to make you believe in forever (pops the peerless hashtag: #MayForever) or fervently oppose it (comes the infamous #WalangForever trending).
The upcoming movie Flotsam narrates 8 stories depicting love within the point of views of inter-related and interestingly-portrayed characters set in one fine location—Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel in San Juan, La Union tag as the surfing capital of the North.
With charm, wit, and clever twists, not to mention a terrific pair of leads, Flotsam is this year’s maindie love anthology—8 (interweaving) love stories, offering something relatable for everyone.
A film named after a quaint artist beach hotel in San Juan, La Union, the story unfolds when a work-obsessed overachiever Kai (Solenn Heussaff) arrives in an Elysian Surf Town to run away from a volatile relationship. Kai hides at Flotsam where she meets Tisoy (Rocco Nacino), a very mysterious local bartender who became her summer fling and perfect antidote to restiveness. It contains about a dozen more characters who are in love – that’s however an approximate figure because some of them fall out of love while others double up or change partners. Each interleaving with the other in a grid of foreshadowing and disquiet.
With Flotsam, filmmaker and writer Jay Abello establishes himself as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors around. His new film contains sweeping visual style, while the dialogues deliver a jolt to your consciousness. While most of its mainstream counterparts would go for just gloss and shine, Direk Jay Abello gunned for simple and heartwarming attack.
The poetic keynote to the film comes from one of the child actors’ examination about that ‘goddamn love’ the adults are talking about, to which Tisoy explained, “Ang love, walang libro diyan… Kailangan subukan.”
Watch out for Allen portrayed by Hubby Jun King Austria (former Child Actor and Brand Endorser; now an active Assistant Television Director)! After getting an invitation by the Director and reading the script, Jun King fell in love with his role and went to La Union to shoot! Allen nurtured a relationship between the walls of Flotsam with Audrey, played by newcomer, Julia Quisumbing. They converse and share their feelings without even seeing each other. Unknowingly, Allen being the best example of the dying breed of gentlemen, helps the-woman-behind-the-wall heal in the most compassionate ways. Will they ever meet face to face?
Flotsam also stars an ensemble of endearing cast including Carla Humphries, Marc Abaya, Mara Lopez, Franco Daza, Zack Varkaris, Barbara Miguel, Adrian Cabido, Gerard Garcia, Anja Peter with local actors Jeff Ortega and Lemon.
The film’s soundtrack gathers around live music, originally written for the film by Eraserheads guitarist, Surfernando Marcus Adoro, and Flotsam Folk Yeah! Family Band, Mia Sebastian & Kiddo Cosio. The songs were not only sung live, but also recorded real-time in true jamming sessions to reflect the real musicality of the place.
Before watching, it’s good to have an idea about the movie title: ‘Flotsam and jetsam’ are nautical terms meaning discarded odds and ends. Flotsam are pieces of ship debris floating in the sea, while jetsam are the stuff that were thrown overboard into the ocean. Flotsam and jetsam, in essence, are simply random bits and pieces in the open sea. Just like the old-world little space fleshed out from the imagination of its founders Mia Sebastian, Carla Suiza, and Joncy Sumulong. Here is a melting pot of people who are either running away or waiting for someone. And for whatever else. They are in reality, flotsam and jetsam or bits and pieces of random life stories floating in the sea of humanity.
Enjoy the trailer!
Find out which love story is yours on November 4, 2015 in cinemas nationwide!