'Bliss' to be screened at U.P. Cine Adarna

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Jerrold Tarog’s latest film, “Bliss,” starring Iza Calzado, is a critical revelation of the cycle of abuse in the entertainment industry, portrayed through seductive mysteries, subtle horrors, and an overall notable cast performance.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 31) — Although government censors believe director Jerrold Tarog's Bliss isn't fit for showing in ordinary cinemas, the country's premier State university will be screening the full, unedited film on April 3.

The film's Facebook page announced Thursday it would be showing the movie for free at the Cine Adarna theater at the University of the Philippines (U.P.) Diliman.

 

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) gave Bliss an X-rating for explicit nudity, sexual acts and violence. The Cine Adarna is not covered by the MTRCB.

The film's producers said in a statement Wednesday it would appeal the decision.

"We understand and respect the decision of the MTRCB reviewing committee regarding the film Bliss. We are currently going through the process of submitting an appeal for a second review and hope for a more favorable result," they said.

 

In a press conference for a show on Wednesday, actress Iza Calzado — who won the Best Actress award at the Osaka Film Festival for playing the film's protagonist — questioned the fairness of the MTRCB rating.

"I saw (Fifty Shades of Grey) here," she said. "Why was it shown? It tackles only love and S&M (sadomasochism). Our film, I would like to think, tackles more than that, and it tackles abuse in society. Not just being an artista [actress], it's supposed to wake you up (to) what people go through, the cycle of abuse that people go through in their lives."

Despite this, Calzado said she would be willing to compromise with the MTRCB.

"I totally understand where they are coming from," she said. "However, I would like to understand more, and perhaps we can meet in the middle. We would like our film to be shown and it deserves to be shown. It's not a feel good film, but you'll leave the theater thinking about things."