Last night we got to preview a movie called Bella. The showing was sponsored by our governor Rick Perry, so we anticipated an agenda. How often do you get invited to see a movie before its official release though? So we went.
I didn’t know anything about the movie when we went. Honestly, I didn’t even remember the title. And then, just wow. Its one of the best movies I’ve seen in the past year. I don’t want to give the story away, because you really should see it yourself. I won’t be giving too much away when I tell you that its the story of a single woman’s unexpected pregnancy, and one friend going out of his way to encourage her to not abort the baby. Its quite powerful, I was encouraged by the film.
After the showing, the executive produce said a few words, and then the lead actor, Eduardo Verástegui, came up to speak. He was an inspiration himself. I had never heard of him, but apparently he’s had success in both music and acting. After several years of acting on Mexican telenovelas he found a few roles in American film. He quickly recognized that he was being type-cast as either a Mexican criminal or a Don Juan style player, neither of which is very flattering to the Latino image.
Verástegui decided that he would change direction and only participate in films that he would be proud of. In his words, “I don’t want to have to cover my parents eyes when showing them my work.” Whoa, there’s a fresh perspective in film making! He went on to recognize that film is a very powerful medium, and that he wants to use his art to influence people in a positive way.
This change wasn’t without consequence. Verástegui spent three years out of work while looking for a film role that met his new criteria (that’s a sad commentary on our entertainment industry, eh?). He finally came to the conclusion that the only way his film career was going to continue was for him to produce his own movies. A few coincidences led to a collaborative effort with director Alejandro Monteverde, and with a few investors they formed Metanoia Films.
Bella is their first fruit, and its fantastic. It has already gotten the attention of the film industry through awards at several prominent film festivals. It opens in Texas on August 15 (Austin, Dallas, Houston & San Antonio). Depending on how successful it is in Texas it’ll open nationwide in September.
Honestly its funny to me that governor Rick Perry sponsored the viewing (not ha ha funny, perplexing funny). Not that he shouldn’t be endorsing the film. Frankly I can’t think of a better film for anyone to endorse. Its just vexing to me that a politician would promote a movie.
Either way its a great film. Go see this movie, you won’t be sorry.