Anne Curtis Leads the Cast of MMFF Entry ‘Aurora’

Over a thousand passengers perish when a passenger ship named “Aurora” collides into a rocky shore.

Over a thousand passengers perish when a passenger ship named Aurora collides into a rocky shore.  Many of the dead bodies turn up along the shore of the tiny island near the shipwreck, but many are still missing, and their distressed families are in need of a place to stay in as the search continues.  This is the situation Anne Curtis’ character finds herself in “Aurora”, the official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2018 from VIVA Films and ALIUD Entertainment.

Anne Curtis plays Leana, owner of a rundown inn in the island and guardian to Rita, her 8-year-old sister, played by Phoebe Villamor.   She is asked to help look for the cadavers in exchange for a large amount of money.  Leana is hesitant, but her fear is overcome by her sympathy for the families and her sister’s encouragement. 

Helping her in the search are her ex-boyfriend Ricky, played by Marco Gumabao, and a boatman named Eddie, played by Alan Paule. 

Though they are willing to brave the strong waves and murky waters, will they have the heart to face whatever awaits them deep in the ocean? 

Can Leana protect her sister when the dead find their way home?


This mystery thriller is directed by Yam Laranas, the highly acclaimed director of Sigaw (2004) which was turned into a Hollywood film entitled The Echo (2008), The Road, and Abomination.  He also wrote the screenplay of “Aurora” with Gin de Mesa (All Souls’ Night) and serves as one of the producers. 

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This is Anne’s third movie this year, after the huge box office success of Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story) last May, followed by her staggering performance in the action thriller BuyBust in August.

The actress is once again praised for her dedication and determination to give all she’s got in portraying her role.  Director Laranas reveals in an interview that Anne *“had to be underwater for 30 seconds to 1 minute to shoot her scenes” but she refused to use the double that’s provided for her.

Marco Gumabao says that working with Anne is a dream come true, describing her as “sobrang bait, sobrang humble, easy to talk to and approachable.” 

“Aurora” is showing in cinemas on December 25, 2018.

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Despite its excellent first half, ‘Aurora’ stumbles in its final act and sinks
‘Aurora’ is slow and very creepy but it’s grounded in a captivating Anne Curtis and world that is filled with dark and frightening things just at the periphery.

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