‘Throw­back Today’s’ mes­sage to mil­len­ni­als

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Marinel R. Cruz @marinelRcruz

Don’t be scared to try out new things,” said Carlo Aquino when the In­quirer asked the ac­tor what he would have ad­vised his younger self if he had the chance.

In the sci-fi flick “Throw­back Today,” Carlo plays Primo, who is able to com­mu­ni­cate with his younger self in an on­line chat room. “Primo is con­vinced that he is fail­ing so much today be­cause of what he has done in the past,” he ex­plained. “What he doesn’t un­der­stand is that he needs to be man enough in or­der for ev­ery­thing to be right today.”

The 32-year-old ac­tor added: “There came a point in the past when I felt too afraid to get out of my com­fort zone and doubted my ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“If I meet my younger self [some­how] today, I’d tell him to fight this feel­ing. I would not con­vince him to change any­thing other than that—I’m strong be­cause of all the pain I’ve been through in the past.”

“Throw­back Today,” writ- ten and di­rected by Joseph Teoxon, is an of­fi­cial en­try in the 2017 Cin­ema One Orig­i­nals Film Fes­ti­val, which is on­go­ing un­til Nov. 21 in Metro Manila the­aters.

Carlo, who has been do­ing movies since the early ’90s, said he was used to work­ing with vet­eran direc­tors, and so he found Teoxon’s ap­proach to film­mak­ing as “some­thing very fresh.”

He added: “I en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence; although I ad­mit that we were both fum­bling in the be­gin­ning.”

Carlo said he hoped that he was able to por­tray Primo ef­fec­tively, “be­cause my last scifi film was ‘Kokey’ (2007). I hope I’ve achieved show­ing how Primo has ma­tured as a per­son in the dif­fer­ent al­ter­nate re­al­i­ties that we

pre­sented in the film.”

How would mil­len­ni­als be able to re­late to the movie?

To this, Teoxon replied: “While watch­ing, they will re­call the times they felt frus­trated with their lives after grad­u­at­ing from col­lege; and since mil­len­ni­als are said to have a sense of en­ti­tle­ment, [there’s] the frus­tra­tion of not get­ting what they want.”

The di­rec­tor added: “The film sim­ply wants to say, ‘Be pa­tient, let go of your ego and pride, and learn from what life is try­ing to teach you.’”

“Throw­back Today” also fea­tures An­nicka Dolo­nius, Em­press Shuck and Alan Paule.

Carlo Aquino

Joseph Teoxon

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