“Mga Mumunting Lihim,” a Cinemalaya Filmfest entry, written and directed by Joey Javier Reyes, also focuses on four friends, whose relationship starts when they were in high school. They remain close even after college and become career women.
They trust each other tremendously, so much that they all thought they had no secrets. This feeling was shattered when one of them dies and the remaining three got to read her diary and consequently how each one truly feel about each other. This proves true the belief that one can never claim to really know someone.
Direk Joey wrote the story of “Mga Mumunting Lihim” (“Those Little Secrets”) almost two years ago as a tribute to two of his dearest friends in showbiz, production designer turned director Don Escudero and TV and movie director Khyrss Adalia, who both died of the Big C.
“Actually,” said Direk Joey, “I was waiting for a producer who would want to produce and finance it. It was nang ma-approve ito sa kasali sa Cinemalaya Filmfest that Orly (Ilacad) producer of OctoArts Films) offered to produce it.”
“For the roles of the four friends in the movie, I decided to first approach Juday (Judy Ann Santos).
“Her first question was: ‘Ano ang role ko?’
“When I told her she’ll play a kontrabida, she immediately told me, ‘Game, simula na tayo.’”
“Actually, the thought that I would be playing a kontrabida immediately excited me,” Judy Ann recalled.
“Do you know that I only shot for my part for about five days? And yet, you can feel my presence to the very end of movie. Nakaka-excite talaga,” she added.
Direk Joey said he cannot say enough of all his stars’ performances in “Mga Mumunting Lihim.” Like Judy Ann, the rest, Janice de Belen, Iaza Calzado and Agot Isidro, have proven their worth as actresses. They are all remarkable in their respective roles.
“Mga Mumunting Lihim” won best editing, best screenplay for Direk Joey and best performances for the four actresses.
Judy, Iza, Janice and Agot, were cited by said Cinemalaya for their performance “as an ensemble was unparalleled in this specified film festival.”