For Andrea Torres, her upcoming Argentine-Filipino movie, “Pasional,” is a mission of many firsts.
Produced by Malevo Films, in cooperation with GMA Network, the romantic drama movie has the 32-year-old actress enjoying a tango dancer named Mahalia, who falls in love with the biologist Norberto (seasoned actor Marcelo Melingo), after crossing paths on a aircraft trip.
For starters, Andrea needed to be taught the tango and milonga, one other type of dance that originated in South America and incorporates elementary components of the Argentine tango.
“I experienced lots of things. I trained to do the tango here in the Philippines, before flying to Argentina last year. I was surprised once I got there, because the tango we usually see is different from the milonga, which I had to learn there. It’s an intimate dance because you have to follow the lead of your partner and sense each other’s movements,” she instructed the Inquirer in a current Zoom convention.
Andrea additionally needed to ship a few of her traces in Spanish. “My leading man, Marcelo, was one of my mentors,” she stated. “They have a different tone when they speak the language. I feel like I’m singing. I would love to continue learning Spanish because it’s such a widely used language, and may be helpful for future projects.”
It was Andrea’s first time working with an Argentine crew, and he or she couldn’t assist however observe some variations about how they do issues in comparison with the Filipino manufacturing groups she has labored with previously.
“In the projects I have done, they were heavier on drama, with bigger scenes and movements. Here, it’s all very minimal. The kind of expressions or reactions they wanted were more restrained. They wanted snappier movements,” Andrea associated, including that the capturing was an instructive expertise for her.
“I discovered a lot of new things about myself that I can apply in the future,” she stated of engaged on “Pasional,” which was directed by filmmaker Francisco D’Intino. “I hope to use the things I have learned through the years and combine them with what I have learned. There’s beauty in showing emotions without necessarily using actions.”
Asked what her first impression of her main man was, Andrea admitted that she was initially intimidated when she first met him in Argentina final 12 months. “I was scared and intimidated, because I knew he was a respected actor there. And I had no idea what he would be like in person. But during our first meal together, he gave me a gift and initiated conversations,” she associated.
“Since then, we built a connection, making our scenes easier. And we worked better as we went along. We talked about our lives … he taught me some Spanish,” she stated.
Marcelo, however, discovered Andrea “beautiful and warm.” “She’s a beautiful, attractive woman and a great professional. I got to know her better while working and we had a warm relationship,” he stated in Spanish.
Andrea was additionally described by the Argentine crew as a “very good actress, who’s technical, adaptable and works well with directions. “I thought she’s very talented. We’re happy and blessed to have her on the set,” the assistant director stated.
Shot in Argentina and PH
The first half of the movie was shot final 12 months in Cordoba, Argentina, and its many cultural websites and landmarks, together with the live performance corridor Teatro del Libertador General San Martín. The second half, in the meantime, was shot in varied scenic locations within the Philippines.
“They were able to go to Coron, Caramoan and Ifugao, and I’m happy they enjoyed our country. They got an idea what Filipinos are like, how we work here,” Andrea stated. “My time in Argentina last year was memorable. They made sure my stay was enjoyable and comfortable. I loved the food. I felt like being in Intramuros, but on a much larger scale. I had beautiful memories.”
The movie shall be proven within the Philippines and Argentina—tentatively in November. “For years, my mom would tell me that I would land an international project like this. But I didn’t really think much of it. This is a big blessing. I found the script so interesting. I found it amazing how people from the different sides of the world were able to connect,” Andrea stated. INQ
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