BELLE DOULEUR (A Beautiful Pain)
by Joji V. Alonso
Belle Douleur tells the story of a woman’s journey of finding happiness as she breaks free from the confines that society puts on women.
Kit Thompson, Mylene Dizon, Marlon Rivera, Jenny Jamora, Hannah Ledesma
Joji Villanueva Alonso is a product of St. Theresa’s College and the University of the Philippines system. While she hails from a family of doctors, a chemical and nuclear engineer, a virologist and molecular biologist, she insisted on being different. Despite being awarded one of the Ten Outstanding Young Scientists of the Philippines and grabbing a scholarship in science and mathematics, she opted to pursue degrees in political science and law an eventually excelled at the bar examinations. In 1992 and 1993, she began hosting the television shows “Legal Forum and “The Police Hour,” respectively.
After 31 years of law practice – serving huge corporate accounts, she remains a sough-after lawyer in a highly competitive field.
In the meantime, she has successfully ventured to yet another field and went into movie production under her outfit Quantum Films. Fifteen years later, she has since produced 32 feature films – a good mix of blockbuster and award winning films, including the 2 time Fipresci awardee and NETPAC awardee “The Bet Collector” and the Philippine submission to the Oscars, “The Woman in the Septic Tank.” She has also successfully crossed over to mainstream production with films which grossed over 100 million (Philippine pesos) – the box office hits, “Here Comes the Bride” (2010) and “English Only, Please” (2014), “#WalangForever” (2015), “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes.” She is also part of the production of “Whether the Weather is Fine,” a product of La Fabrique Cannes, the Torino Film Lab and the L’atelier Cinefoundation Cannes.
She heads a post-production house Quantum Post, which has been the post house to both independent filmmakers and studios since 2013.
Meanwhile, at the late age of 55 and after surviving cancer for 10 years, she has decided to pursue her journey as a filmmaker, and has produced and directed her first short: “Last Order,” which eventually took the plum prize at the Pyongyang International Film Festival in North Korea, when it had its worldwide premiere.
“Belle Douleur,” or Beautiful Pain is her debut full length film.
Director Joji V. Alonso Screenplay Therese Cayaba
Cinematography Mycko David
Production Design Angel Diesta
Editing Marya Ignacio
Original Music Score Len Calvo
Sound Kat Salinas, Daryl Libongco, Mikko Quizon
RATING: R 13