NEW YORK — It was the soldout world premiere of the Filipino film ‘BuyBust’ at the New York Asian Film Festival.
Buy Bust is a bloody action thriller with a strong female lead, starring kapamilya talent Anne Curtis — who plays one of the PDEA agents who staged a drug bust gone wrong in the slums of Manila.
“To immerse all of us in a situation that we all don’t have any idea of, and with the PDEA and the military as consultants, as in objective consultants, I found out the good things about the drug war and the not so good things about the drug war altogether,” says director Erik Matti.
Curtis was emotional after the screening.
It was her first time to see the movie in its entirety – especially the 3-minute long take where she and her cast members say they gave their all – physically and emotionally .
“That’s why I’m so emotional, when you finally see all the hard work, come to life and piece together with the music and everything – it’s just so overwhelming,” said Curtis. “It was tough, I think what really really helped us, everyone was determined to perfect that one shot… no matter what it took, no matter how long it took.
Even audience members were emotional.
“It’s not often that we see a Filipina woman play the lead, I feel very empowered and it’s a good step for the Filipino film industry,” said Louise Dianne Ambe Bejer.
“She was crazy, the coolest female ever in the world, honestly,” said Jordan Steward. “She was holding her own, independent and strong lead. It was lit!”
While BuyBust is not based on real life – the movie offers a searing perspective on the ongoing drug war and broader issues of political corruption.