Multi-awarded, animated romcom “Saving Sally” lands on Cinema One

Escape into the colorful world of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017 special jury prize and audience award winner “Saving Sally,” starring Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos, and TJ Trinidad, as it marks its cable TV premiere on Cinema One this Sunday (September 3).

“Saving Sally” shows the combined live and animated world of comic book artist Marty (Enzo) who is unrequitedly in love with his geeky bestfriend, Sally (Rhian). Marty sees Manila littered with monsters, including Sally’s alpha male boyfriend Nick (TJ), as he watches over and tries to save her from her personal struggles.

Aside from the fantasy-animation film’s recent wins in the US, it also bagged three Fantasporto-Oporto International Film Festival recognitions in Portugal, including audience choice, special jury prize and Orient Express Section special jury award.  It likewise won the best family film in this year’s Bentonville Film Festival and the 7th Orbit Prize-Special Mention in the recent Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film.

Locally, “Saving Sally” earned the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival best musical score and children choice award, as well as the best production design in the 40th Gawad Urian.

Director Avid Liongoren shared that he was picturing a Quezon City state of mind during the film’s production which resulted to the unique aesthetics as one of the film’s many complex delights – among them the remarkable views of an animated Metro Manila.

Oggs Cruz of Rappler praised the “Saving Sally” production work. “In an industry that thrives in quantity over craftsmanship, where filmmakers are required to deliver their work within the unrealistic timeline of a few months, Avid Liongoren’s Saving Sally is both a wonder and a rarity,” wrote Cruz about the film that started production in 2005 but only finished in 2016.

Heather Chen of BBC News even eyed the film as the next “Scott Pilgrim.” She said, “given its animation-meets-real life component which plays out heavily, and its slacker hero, Saving Sally has drawn comparisons with popular 2010 geek sleeper hit Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

Get into a Quezon City state of mind in the premiere of “Saving Sally” on Cinema One’s Blockbuster Sunday (September 3) at 8pm. Cinema One is available on SKYcable Channel 56, Destiny Cable Analog 37, and Digital 57. Like Cinema One on Facebook at to view full schedule.





Tunghayan ang isang makulay na mundo sa pelikulang “Saving Sally,” ang special jury prize at audience award winner sa nakaraang Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival na pinagbibidahan nina Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos, at TJ Trinidad sa unang pagpapalabas nito sa Cinema One ngayong Linggo (Setyembre 3).

Tampok sa “Saving Sally” ang magkahalong live at animated world ng comic book artist na si Marty (Enzo) na palihim na umiibig sa kanyang bestfriend na si Sally (Rhian). Sa paningin ni Marty, puno ang Maynila ng mga halimaw, at kasama dito ang dominanteng boyfriend ni Sally na si Nick (TJ). Dahil dito, patuloy niyang babantayan at susubukang iligtas ang dalaga sa mga problema nito.

Bukod sa mga awards na nakuha ng pelikula mula sa Amerika, nanalo din ito ng tatlong Fantasporto-Oporto International Film Festival 2017 awards sa Portugal, kasama dito ang audience choice, special jury prize at Orient Express Section special jury award.  Iginawad din sa pelikula ang best family film award ng 2017 Bentonville Film Festival at ang 7th Orbit Prize-Special Mention sa naganap kamakailan na Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film.

Natanggap naman ng “Saving Sally” ang best musical score at children’s choice award sa nakaraang Metro Manila Film Festival at ang best production design sa 40th Gawad Urian.

Ayon sa direktor nito na si Avid Liongoren, ang Lungsod ng Quezon at mga kalapit lugar nito ang nasa isip niya habang ginagawa ang pelikula, kaya’t makikita dito ang iba’t ibang animated views ng Metro Manila.

Pinuri ni Oggs Cruz ng Rappler ang produksyon ng “Saving Sally” sa kanyang review na sinasabing ibang klase ang kalidad ng pelikula sa pagkakagawa, pati na rin ang paggamit ng mga ilustrasyon na mas nagpapalinaw sa damdamin ng mga karakter.

Ikinumpara naman ni Heather Chen ng BBC News ang pelikula sa sikat na 2010 international film na “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” na parehong live at animated ang genre.

Tunghayan ang makulay na kwento ng “Saving Sally” sa Blockbuster Sunday ng Cinema One ngayong Linggo (Setyembre 3), 8pm. Mapapanood ang Cinema One sa SKYcable at Destiny Cable Digital Ch. 56, at Destiny Analog Ch. 37. Sundan ang Cinema One sa Facebook para sa kumpletong schedule nito.

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