For Direk Olive Lamasan, it gives her greater joy to see people enjoying the movie she has done than for her to receive an award.
When working on a project, "Starting Over Again" director Olive Lamasan does not think of awards. She just focuses on the task on hand - to tell the stories of the characters in the movie. She, who met the press in a conference recently, shared however that she is thrilled when her actors get commendations from award-giving bodies.
“Palaging nauuna na 'Sana manalo si ganito' bago ko masabing 'sana manalo ako kasi kitang-kita ko kasi lahat ng ibinibigay nila," Inang says. “'Pag awards night, palagi kong ipinagdadasal ko talaga na manalo ang actors ko. It gives me great joy kasi pakiramdam ko nanalo na ako.”
For Inang, however, the public's appreciation of her work is more important.
"Kasi 'pag maraming nagka-gusto sa pelikula, yun na 'yung award for me. Bonus na yung may trophy,” Inang says. “When a person comes to me, when I'm approached for example, and told that, 'Ang ganda ng movie mo, Olive. 'Yung line na ganito, It affected me. 'Yung eksenang ganito, grabe.' Talagang na-realize ko dun na effective ako."
Direk Olive also shares that receiving praises that her film touched the hearts of the viewers affirms her role as a filmmaker. She adds, "if I'm able to affect you with the characters that we created, the story that we shared. To me, that is already an award."
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"Starting over Again" follows the love story of Ginny (Toni) and Marco (Piolo). They met on campus where Ginny was an Architecture student, while Marco is a professor. Ginny pursued Marco, her crush. In time, Marco also fell for Ginny and they began a one-of-a-kind love story. Unfortunately, their relationship ended when she left for no apparent reason. When she returned, Ginny found herself wanting to rekindle her past with Marco. Can her love be enough for him to forget the pains of the past? Can they ever start over again?
“Starting over Again,” directed by the multi-awarded director Olive M. Lamasan and produced by Star Cinema, will hit the cinemas nationwide starting February 12.