Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Talking about Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (Three Years Without God, Mario O'Hara, 1976)

Nora Aunor in Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos

I came, I saw, I answered questions.

I was at the 2010 New York Filipino Film Festival  where festival organizers Vincent Nebrida and Jojo De Vera were kind enough to allow me to introduce Mario O'Hara's masterpiece Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (Three Years Without God, 1976), and then talk about it afterward, in a Q & A session. 

Looking at it closely, I could have done a few things better--practice my hand gestures (seems to me that I count things off as if I were the Elephant Man), maybe practice my pronunciation on a few words and names. Could have been more careful to avoid repeating myself, maybe even throw in a few more fresh ideas. Ah, well, I think they enjoyed it--at least, I hope they did. 

For those able to make it, check out the rest of the week--some good films there, almost all but some of the older (Tawag ng Tanghalang being one of them) films subtitled. I recommend all the films, and have written about a few: Bona, Concerto, Kaleldo and Manoro


Blake Lucas said...

I'll bet you were just great, Noel.

Do you know if "Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos" is coming for any kind of theatrical showing in L.A.

If so, will they send you with it for another Q & A.

You've always raved about this film as one of the greatest I know, and will be sure to see it, but before settling for a DVD viewing, I'd like to know it's not getting a theatrical play. Like to give it the best viewing I could.

Noel Vera said...

Thanks, Blake.

I'd hate to recommend a DVD, and even more a DVD without subtitles, but no screening expected in the foreseeable future. I'm not even happy with this DVD--wish it had a commentary (and I said I'd do it gratis), and at least had subtitles, but the producers didn't want to spend the money.