Actor Felix Roco stars in the award-winning film, ENGKWENTRO—in theaters December 11, 12 & 13 at SM cinemas in Mall of Asia, North Edsa, Megamall, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Bacoor.
Inspired by true events, Engkwentro follows the last 24 hours of two teenage brothers on opposite sides of a gang war.
Directed by 22-year-old Pepe Diokno, the film took home two awards at the Venice Film Festival, including the Horizons Prize for new trends in cinema, and the US$100,000 Lion of the Future "Luigi de Laurentiis" Award for best debut film.
Inspired by true events, Engkwentro tells the story of Richard and Raymond, two teenage brothers on opposite sides of a gang war.
Richard is the leader of his gang, "Bagong Buwan" while Raymond is just being inducted into 'Batang Dilim', a rival gang led by a charming solvent boy, Tomas. Complications arise at a deadly midnight 'engkwentro', when Tomas gives Raymond the task of killing his older brother.
Felix Rocco, son of cinema legend Bembol Roco, takes the lead role of Richard, a gangster running away from the murderous City Death Squad.
Because Engkwentro was shot a la one continuous take, Felix styled his performance like a stageplay—memorizing all his lines and deeply internalizing his character. With no room for mistakes, Felix delved into the role—doing his own stunts and narrowly avoiding injuries on set.
To prepare for his performance, Felix drew from his past experiences. A former fraternity member, Felix overcame his “wild” younger days and transformed himself into a professional, serious actor.