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Madrid, April, 12th, 2017 (CBCP). Almost a year after its Philippine premiere, the film “Ignacio de Loyola” will open this May in the native land of the movie’s protagonist, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.
Jesuit Communications (JesCom) head and “Ignacio de Loyola” executive producer Fr. Nono Alfonso, SJ explains the film’s wide appeal this way: “Everyone is in search of the true meaning of life. Ignacio shows us the way to go beyond our limitations. We all want to become part of something big. If like St. Ignatius, we place our tiny lives in God’s hands, God will make our lives abundant.”
Produced by JesCom, the media arm of the Philippine province of the Society of Jesus, and co-presented by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific and One Meralco Foundation, “Ignacio de Loyola” is about the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a young Spanish soldier who finds his true calling after getting injured in battle.
Recently, Andreas Muñoz bagged the Best Actor award at the 2017 Madrimana Film Festival in Madrid, wherein “Ignacio de Loyola” was viewed by Spanish-Filipina celebrity Isabel Preysler, Nobel Prize winner for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa, and Madrid Archbishop Carlos Cardinal Osoro.
To widen the film’s reach, JesCom has formed partnerships with several worldwide distributors. “The objective is to have the movie subtitled or dubbed in the country’s native language,” explains Alfonso. So far JesCom has secured distributors for the Spanish-speaking and French-speaking territories. The media arm’s objective is to cover as many territories as possible.
“Ignacio de Loyola” was shown in local cinemas in July 2016 and has since made the rounds of various international filmfests and global screenings.
After the Philippine premiere, “Ignacio de Loyola” has completed over 711 local and international screenings in seven other countries. These include the US, Papua New Guinea, UK, Spain, Guam, and Australia. It has also participated in a number of international film festival, winning awards, including the Gran Premio Del Publico (Audience Choice) Award at the 2016 Festival Internacional de Cine Con Valores and a Best Picture nomination at the 2016 Manhattan International Film Festival.
Shot entirely in Spain, the English-language movie features a cast of Spanish actors, headed by Andreas Muñoz in the starring role, and a Filipino creative team. The original score was composed by Filipino musician Ryan Cayabyab and performed by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.