Thursday, August 31, 2017

Roxanne Barcelo and Will Devaughn take us to a different journey on love in “I Found My Heart in Santa Fe”


For the very first time, real-life couple Roxanne Barcelo and Will Devaughn join forces in terms of heart, talent and resources (as co-producers) to make what could be most interesting and heart-warming romantic-comedy of the year.

Titled “I Found My Heart in Santa Fe,” the movie was shot in location in the picturesque island of Santa Fe in Cebu, which is said to be the newest favorite tourist destination of people wanting to bask in the sun and enjoy the cool waters.


Roxanne and Will had been in a relationship for four years now but they have yet to work in a project.  But both have been dreaming of doing a movie together or an interesting TV project where they can show their chemistry as a love team, aside from their acting talent.

That’s why when this project was presented to both of them, Roxanne and Will grabbed the chance.  The indie film, directed by Bona Fajardo, marks the first time for them to collaborate on a film project.  And, it’s a love story, thus making Roxanne and Will all the more excited.

In “I Found My Heart in Santa Fe,” Roxanne plays the role of Jennifer, a smart, hardworking and pretty islander with a unique personality.  She has this spunk in her that is not typical of an island girl, making her more interesting to men.  But because of a recent heartache in her personal life toughened her and made her wiser when it comes to love.  What keeps her busy is managing their family-owned business, a resort called Beach Placid.


Will, on the other hand, plays the handsome German-Filipino named Viktor, who loves adventure and has his own company named “Green Technology” which is focused in developing business ventures in different countries.

Viktor is a prized catch.  He is rich, athletic, a music lover but remains a simple man who just loves to explore the world.  He is also in the process of putting together the missing pieces of his life.

The exciting journey to love of Jennifer and Viktor started when the latter decided to fly to Santa Fe to look for his biological mother which he has yet to meet and to discover his Filipino roots as well.

Victor and Jennifer will bump into each other in a rather odd situation but due to Viktor’s insistence and persistence, he will stop at nothing to win the heart of Jennifer.  He was captivated by Jennifer’s charm.   The movie follows the blossoming of the romance between two individuals whose traits are poles apart.  But as they say, opposite poles attract. Will this hold true for Viktor and Jennifer?



Roxanne has this to share about her character and how similar it is in real life.

"Masayahin sya in front of her friends so kung may dinaramdam siya, patago niya iton nilalabas. Ganyan din siya sa pag-ibig, hindi niya ipapakita sa lahat na she's broken hearted at i-ttry niyang maka-ahon on her own. Personally, ganun din ako. Masayahin ako, babaeng bakla pero kapag may dinadamdam ako, sikretong malupit.

Wag kayong mag-expect na love story ito. It's more of getting to know each other stage. Gusto namin ihighlight yung best part ng getting into a relationship."

LOCATION

Santa Fe is a municipality that is part of Bantayan Island in Cebu which has a beautiful non-crowded beach that boasts of white sand that sparkles in the sunlight.

The idea to shot the movie in Santa Fe came from Director Bona Fajardo himself who discovered the beach last year.

“As directors or writers, we have certain stories that we keep inside our hearts and mind.  It is just a matter of finding the right inspiration to fuel that story.  When I saw Santa Fe, I wanted to explore it and the story I had in mind came hand in hand with my desire to discover the magic in the place.”

The setting was just perfect.  That was the sign Direk Bona was waiting for to write the beautiful and endearing love story of Jennifer and Viktor.

The beauty of the island was one of the main factors that move that love story of Jennifer and Viktor, making Santa Fe as an important element that makes the movie more interesting.  The island, pristine and with raw beauty, serves as the perfect romantic backdrop.




THE DIRECTOR

Direk Bona Fajardo belongs to a group that started independent-digital filmmaking in 2000.   He directed the first indie film of Judy Ann Santos titled “Miss Pinoy,” an advocacy film on Overseas Filipino Workers.  After that he got assigned to handle the film development technology.  As early as 2000, Direk Bona already sensed that independent-digital filmmaking is already the direction to which local and international filmmaking is headed.

He also directed the movie "Iliw" about Vigan, Ilocos Sur topbilled by Kaye Abad. 

“I, together with other pioneering indie directors, had been joining film festivals that time.  We are part of the production and creative team.  I remember that a Robin Padilla indie film we did then titled “Astigmatism” won an award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF).  That was a first for the Philippines.  It won a Silver Award in the digital division of HKIFF,” Direk Bona recalled.

After winning awards, Direk Bona and his group decided to venture into film technology development and was later assigned to film tourism.


CINE LOKAL


“I Found My Heart in Santa Fe” is the first brand new film to be screened at Cine Lokal in select SM Cinemas beginning September 15.


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