‘Gusto namin patunayan na actress kami, na kaya namin gumawa ng mga bagay na hindi inaakala ng mga tao na magagawa namin.’
In the history of Philippine cinema, several films broke ground for shining light on lesbian love stories. These include “T-Bird At Ako (1982),” “Ang Huling Cha Cha Ni Anita (2013),” and “Baka Bukas (2016).”
Viva Films adds to the list with the release of erotic thriller “Adan” starring Cindy Miranda and Rhen Escaño. Now in theaters, those who’ve seen it likely talk about the intimate, sensual scenes as soon as the lights go on.
“Nu’ng nilabas namin ’yung trailer, of course, mayroon na parang ‘Ano ba ’yan, eww, yuck’ kasi nga parehong babae ’yung characters,” Cindy said. “But nakakatuwa din isipin na maraming sumusuporta. It’s time para ma-showcase naman ang mga kwento ng mga lesbians and I think people are ready for that.”
“Adan” is about Ellen (Rhen) and Marian (Cindy). Their friendship is the only thing that brings happiness to Ellen who yearns to be free from the clutches of her father, Amang Lucas (Bembol Roco), and their impoverished life in the countryside.
When Ellen finally attains freedom, she lives a life of excitement with Marian. Their closeness develops into a sexually-charged romance. Bonded like never before, the best friends-turned-lovers soon face a threat that will test their relationship.
In several scenes, Cindy and Rhen did torrid kissing with each other. Asked how they prepared for it, they revealed to have watched several foreign lesbian films like “Blue Is The Warmest Color.”
“We also did workshops. But the good thing with us kasi we didn’t choreograph the scenes. Most of it ay one take lang,” Rhen shared.
They accepted the project despite the possibility of them being tagged as “bold star.”
“Sa totoo lang po, kahit ako parang hindi ko nakilala sarili ko na ‘Uy ginawa ko ba talaga ’yan?’ Pero kasi trabaho po ito eh. Gusto namin patunayan na actress kami, na kaya namin gumawa ng mga bagay na hindi inaakala ng mga tao na magagawa namin,” she said.
“Naniniwala po ako na once tinanggap mo na ang isang trabaho, dapat hindi ka na mag-inarte. Dapat gawin mo na ’yung best mo para ma-execute ng tama ’yung eksena.”
Cindy is single while Rhen is in a relationship with a non-showbiz guy. Will they let their loved ones watch their film?
“Ako sa tingin po kapag nakita ng parents ko ’to, susuportahan nila ako. And pwede po nilang sabihin na ang tapang ko kasi ginawa ko. Sa tingin ko naman po mapa-proud sila,” Rhen said.
Cindy and Rhen said “Adan” serves as eye-opener for them to better understand the lives of lesbians.
“Mas naintindihan ko sila kasi ang pagmamahal naman hindi lang para sa lalaki at babae. Pwedeng lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae. In short, para sa lahat. Lahat may karapatan magmahal,” Cindy said.
“Adan” is produced by Viva Films in cooperation with Aliud Entertainment and Imagine Per Second.