GMA Films' "The Road" seemed to be continuing its winning streak with its latest recognition - a commercial release in North America and Canada this May.
This makes the thriller/suspense film a notch in Philippine movies, for it will be the first ever all-Filipino film to be shown in theaters in the Americas.
With its Philippine showing November last year, international film critics have given praises to "The Road", with citation as “creepy to the extreme” by KillerFilm.com and "beautifully shot supernatural tale with incredible effects and great scares" by Bloody Disgusting. The movie has truly shown exemplary performance with its visualizations and a quite different approach against the typical Pinoy horror flicks we used to watch.
Hollywood-based international film distribution outfit Freestyle Releasing will commercially release "The Road" in the mainstream American and Canadian markets beginning May 11, 2012.
The Yam Laranas-directed film will also hold its premiere night at the Mann Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on May 9 and will be shown in over 50 theaters across North America and Canada.
Laranas expressed his happiness on the outcome of his film.
"I am very excited for GMA in this history-making and pioneering development for The Road. This opens a ton of possibilities on the international arena not just for GMA Films or GMA Network but also for GMA Pinoy TV. This only proves the quality entertainment of international standards is highly-important to the network," he said.
The Road is a story about a twelve-year-old cold case, which was recently reopened when three teenagers went missing while traversing an infamous and abandoned road.
As investigators try to find leads to the whereabouts of the missing teens, they also unearth the road’s gruesome past that spans two decades – a history of abduction, crimes and murders.
Although the road is isolated, anyone who tries to pass through it can be sure that he is not alone. Lingering in the dark and desolate pathway is a vengeful ghost who makes sure no one leaves the road – alive!
The movie stars Rhian Ramos, Carmina Villarroel, Marvin Agustin, TJ Trinidad, tween stars Alden Richards, Barbie Forteza, Louise delos Reyes, Derrick Monasterio, Lexi Fernandez, Ynna Asistio and Renz Valerio. Also starring in the film are John Regala, Lloyd Samartino, Gerald Madrid, Allan Paule and Ms Jacklyn Jose.
"The Road" is also in official competition at the 30th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, one of the biggest genre festivals in Europe. The festival will run from April 5-17, 2012. Aside from the German film fest, the film is also in competition at the 8th Fantaspoa—International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre, Brazil. The first fantastic festival from Brazil and recognized as the biggest genre festival in Latin America. It receives around 700 submissions each year.
Also check out Reyn's Room's movie review for "The Road" here.