Floatsam: The Movie for all Intrepid Travelers :)

Last week, I was invited to the Press and Media launch of the newest movie to hit our cinemas at the 12 Monkeys Restaurant in Century City Mall located in Makati.

This was what greeted me upon entering the place. Nifty set up right? Made me feel the beach vibe immediately! :)
This was what greeted me upon entering the place. Nifty set up right? Made me feel the beach vibe immediately! 🙂

So what really is this Floatsam movie all about you might beg to question? Here’s a short backgrounder on the upcoming savvy movie to hit the cinemas and tug at your heart strings this coming November! 🙂

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Flotsam has about half a dozen couples who are truly, madly, and deeply in love. But instead of the usual romantic cliché which we normally read only in those sappy and cheesy novels by Nicholas Sparks and the likes, Flotsam brings us to an excursion of coincidence, uncertainty and emotional roller coaster.

The Cast gamely answering questions from the press
The Cast gamely answering questions from the press
Another Photo of the Cast who graced the Press Launch
Another Photo of the Cast who graced the Press Launch

The place itself is a testament to the sense of escape and wonder. But instead of relaxing, why is everyone ‘running away’?

* Because love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.

This was perhaps one of those HUGOT lines that would make us cringe in our seats and keep us wanting for more raw emotions to be unveiled in the next set of scenes as they slowly unfold along the story line 🙂

Who might be starring in this new and upcoming movie you may wonder? Well, wonder no more because they are none other than our stellar cast composed of:

Solenn Heussaff, in this movie plays Kai, a work-obsessed overachiever who arrives in Flotsam, to retreat from a safe bordering sterile relationship. She is engaged to the ‘perfect guy’ JV, played by Gerard Garcia. Three weeks before her wedding, she met award-winning actor Rocco Nacino, who acts the part of Tisoy, a local bartender at Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel. They have a summer fling, and you guess whether she ties the knot with her fiancé or not. Will Kai learn to slow down and learn to give up control? (That is the question?)

Hunky Actor Rocco topbills this new movie
Hunky Actor Rocco topbills this new movie

* Because immature love says ‘I love you because I need you’, while mature love says ‘I need you because I love you’.(Another HUGOT line. Just like in one movie I watched wherein the protagonist asked if “Kailangan mo ba ako kasi mahal mo ako o Mahal mo ako kasi Kailangan mo ako?” Definitely one of my most unforgettable movie lines.  

They also have other foreign stars in the film like Zack Varkaris is Zulu, a well-known veteran actor from UK who has since stayed at Flotsam as his hiding place until his papers are finally fixed. But when his papers have finally arrived and he can now return, he doesn’t want to go home anymore. Because he already fell in love with the Flotsam owner Mia, portrayed by Carla Humphries. But Mia is also waiting for the true love that eludes her. She has been trying to compose happier tunes in her music but still ends up making sad songs after a bad breakup. Will Zulu go back home, or will he stake his claim and tell Mia how he really feels for her?

  • Because true love is like a ghost, which everyone talks about but few have really seen. Very in line with November right? 🙂

They also have up and coming young child stars in this film like Adrian Cabido,

who plays Angelo, a young lad who spends his days lurking on his crush Jamie, the 23 years old pro surfer portrayed by Mara Lopez. Age doesn’t matter to Angelo, but even if he is crazy in-love with her, he won’t admit it. ( I can sense a May to December love affair here right? )

Sexy Ladies also star in this movie :)
Sexy Ladies also star in this movie 🙂

Of course, there will always be the forever bff or the “Best friend mo lang ako?” The wallflower, your go to girl who will never amount to anything else to you more than just a FRIEND. 😦

Angelo’s 13 year old best friend, Marie, is portrayed by 2013 Harlem International Film Festival Best Actress, Barbara Miguel. She is the responsible provincial girl with old-fashioned values, who secretly likes her best friend, Angelo. But, will Angelo ever see Marie as a love interest, or will Marie forever be in the friend zone?

* At the end of the day, love finds you. All you need is love.

Flotsam also stars acclaimed vocalist, Marc Abaya, as Kiddo, a barista who uprooted his family from the big city to the laidback island. His love story represents the love that all the other characters aspire for—the one that is sure and yet, liberating and one that overflows.

Flotsam is not just a movie taken out from the minds of those who love the waves. Flotsam is about the other person out there – that person who needs us, thinks about us, in love with us. There’s always someone out there. Only we don’t know they’re there. We just have to pay attention to every bits and pieces.

What is Flotsam?

‘Flotsam and jetsam’ are nautical terms meaning discarded odds and ends. Flotsam are pieces of ship debris floating in the sea, while jetsam are the stuff that were thrown overboard into the ocean. Flotsam and jetsam, in essence, are simply random bits and pieces in the open sea. Just like the old-world little space fleshed out from the imagination of its founders Mia Sebastian, Carla Suiza, and Joncy Sumulong. Here is a melting pot of people who are either running away or waiting for someone. And for whatever else. They are in reality, flotsam and jetsam or bits and pieces of random life stories floating in the sea of humanity.

The Movie Poster
The Movie Poster

Flotsam, a film by Jay Abello is showing November 4 in cinemas nationwide.

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