Pilapil's film to open Korean film festival

Posted at 11/08/2012 1:36 PM | Updated as of 11/08/2012 4:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Following her traumatic kidnapping ordeal last year, everything seems to be finally falling into place for veteran actress Pilar Pilapil.

Actress Pilar Pilapil elated that her film "Leona Calderon" will open the South Korean Gwangju International Film Festival.

On Thursday, Pilapil spoke to ABS-CBN News just hours before she left for South Korea where her movie “Leona Calderon” will have its premiere.

Pilapil said she is honored that “Leona Calderon” will be the first ever Filipino movie to open the Gwangju International Film Festival.

“I really enjoyed doing this film. The story is very good. One of the reasons why I think it has been chosen in the Gwangju International Film Festival is because it has some human rights value... There are some lessons also to the story because, you know, the OFWs they always want to send and send money to their loved ones and probably even forget to save for themselves,” she said.

Pilapil said she loves her role in “Leona Calderon” because it is different from the characters she usually portrays.

“Alam mo ang gustong-gusto ko sa role na ito, it’s very realistic. It’s not about being a kontrabida or being sophisticated. Nothing like that. I’m used to those types of role and this particular role is very different, opposite to the roles that I have been portraying here in the Philippines,” she said.

Aside from South Korea, the movie will also be screened in London and in the Philippines, Pilapil said.

“Leona Calderon” centers on a composite fictional character based on a real-life overseas Filipino worker in London who has been working as a transient domestic helper for 36 years.

When she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, she is faced with the dilemma of either returning to the Philippines and be with her loved ones, or stay in London.