Alessandra De Rossi Achieves Her Dream in ‘Firefly’

Alessandra de Rossi and Euwenn Mikaell Star in Heartwarming Film ‘Firefly’

Award-winning actress Alessandra de Rossi fulfilled a longtime dream of working with a child actor in a lead role, as she stars alongside Euwenn Mikaell in the movie “Firefly,” an official entry for the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival.

During a recent media conference in Quezon City, de Rossi expressed her excitement about the project, stating “Okay naman si Euwell. Matagal ko ng gustong gumawa ng pelikula na may batang bida na something touching, heartwarming. Sabi ko perfect ito. Buti na lang cute siya. Marami na ring akong ka-eksena na bata in the past. Young mother ako rito. Mother of a ten-year-old.”

Produced by GMA Pictures and GMA Public Affairs, “Firefly” tells the story of a young boy’s quest to find the mythical island of fireflies from his mother’s bedtime stories. The film follows the boy as he embarks on a journey to a magical island, using clues from his mother’s old notebook to wish her back to life.

The star-studded ensemble cast also includes Ysabel Ortega, Miguel Tanfelix, Cherry Pie Picache, Epy Quizon, Yayo Aguila, Kokoy de Santos, with special participation from Max Collins and Dingdong Dantes.

The screenplay, written by Angeli Atienza, reflects her inspiration as a mother and the desire to leave something inspiring for her children. “As a mother, lagi mong iniisip kung ano yung iiwan mo sa mga anak mo. Ano yung kakapitan nila kapag wala ka. Something to inspire your children kapag sila na lang. Iba yun,” she shared.

Senior Vice President for GMA Pictures Nessa Valdellon emphasized the grand scale of the film, commenting “It is a big film. It is meant to be seen on the big screen. Ang ganda nag pagkaka shoot ng cinematographer namin si Neil Daza. We wanted to wait for a possible festival. We’re expecting that to do well. All the official entries in the MMFF are beautiful so the audience will return for the festival.”

The film promises a unique viewing experience, as director Zig Dulay tackled the challenge of blending elements of realism and magic in “Firefly.” “Medyo mahirap siya sa tutoong buhay at mahirap siya pero lagi ko ngang sinasabi, kapag gusto mo, gagawin mo. Mahal mo yung ginagawa mo kahit na gaano kahirap yun. Ilalaban mo talaga. Mahirap gawin pero enjoy,” Dulay stated.

Shot by award-winning cinematographer Neil Daza, “Firefly” is set to be released in theaters beginning Dec. 25, offering a heartwarming and visually stunning cinematic experience.

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