Alfred Vargas continues to challenge himself as an actor and producer with his new project Pieta, which starts filming this month.
In the movie directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr., he plays the role of Isaac, who was just released from prison but believes he is wrongfully accused of the death of his father years ago when he was young. Now, he is looking for an answer to know the truth.
Vargas will be acting with two of the most revered thespians in Philippine cinema in this cautionary tale of a mother and son trying to find answers from their tainted past as they seek redemption. No less than the Superstar and National Artist for Film and Broadcast Nora Aunor and muti-awarded actress Gina Alajar, who play pivotal roles in the film.
Aunor plays Rebecca, Vargas’ blind mother who grapples between her memories of the past while Alajar is Beth, Aunor’s friend who hold selflessly devotes herself to taking care of Rebecca.
“It’s a dream come true for me. I’m able to tick this off my bucket list now. I can only imagine na sa red carpet, to walk with Nora Aunor, National Artist pa. For me, I’m just excited to work with Nora Aunor,” Vargas told the movie press in a recent media conference.
“I will do my best here. Gagamitin ko lahat ng kaalaman ko, talento ko, ilalabas ko talaga kasi the Superstar deserves nothing less. Nakakataba ng puso na malaman na hindi pala lahat ng projects, tinatanggap niya. Suwerte akong nakita niya na itong project with me is something worth doing, being who she is,” the 41-year-old actor and former politician said.
Produced by Alternative Vision Cinema and Noble Wolf Films, the story follows Isaac who tries to navigate the outside world after spending years in jail for killing his father. He goes home to his mother, Rebecca.
He wanted to know the truth about his father’s death for he believes that he was wrongly accused.
But Rebecca, the key to finding out the truth is now suffering from Alzheimer’s and is now barely able to see. She can’t recognize her own son and can’t even remember what happened in the past, mumbling rumbling thoughts and memories. Rebecca is being taken cared of by a loyal friend, Beth who selflessly devoted herself to her.
As Isaac spends his days with his mother and warms up to her, he heeds the advice of Beth to abandon his search for the truth about what happened on the day his father died.
The important thing is that he’s now with Rebecca, who needs him. He may now start a new life, on a clean slate.
But Isaac will be entangled in a mess due to his previous relationships, as well as the things he accidentally committed while in jail, while trying to save a friend’s life.
Isaac will be haunted by his enemies, as events unfold regarding Rebecca’s role in his father’s death, and Beth’s efforts to hide the truth.
What follows is an unconventional tale that will test our notions of what love can and cannot do.