Watch The First Teaser For Ato Bautista's MEMORIES OF RAIN

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Recently named as one of the brightest young Filipino talents by our own Pierre Hombrebueno and with a new project announced as part of the NAFF Project Market at PiFan in Korea, Ato Bautista is a director on the rise in the Philippines. But while he is best known for his darker, more genre oriented fare Bautista's newest picture showcases a different side to the director with the CineFilipino selected Memories Of Rain (Mga Alaala ng Tag-ulan) moving into romance territory.

MGA ALAALA NG TAG-ULAN (Memories of Rain) is a poignant, coming-of-age story about a young man's first encounter with love, romance and heartbreak. It is told in bits and pieces of poetic and melancholic memories, pouring in one rainy night.

SANTI is a college freshman. His well-to-do family is coping with financial crises. They recently moved in into a small apartment, in a small suburban town. As Santi deals with teen-aged woes, adjustments with his new environment at home and in school, and as he finds escape from his parents' marital conflicts, Santi encounters love-at-first-sight...

MARIE CLAIRE is more than ten years older than Santi. She works as an assistant in a Cafe bookshop. Lost, broken and fragile after a tragic break-up, Marie Claire left the province in search of a new beginning to find her place in this world...

One rainy afternoon, Santi and Marie Claire cross path. She seeks shelter from the heavy rain. He covers and protects her under his big red umbrella. Marie Claire is the most beautiful thing Santi has ever laid eyes on. Santi is the kindest and purest person Marie Claire has ever met.

Strangers finding solace in one another, the young man and older woman begin an amazing friendship. But as Santi gets closer to Marie Claire, the more she becomes a mystery to him. And the more he gets mystified, the more he falls in love with her.

In his pursuit of Marie Claire, Santi goes through a journey of finding the meaning of love, understanding its complexities, fighting for it, facing its challenges and accepting the pains and sufferings that it entails, transforming him, earning for him his passage to adulthood.


Whether thriller or romance you can always count on Bautista to pull strong performances from his actors while shooting some gorgeous looking images and those factors are in full effect in the first trailer for his latest. Check it below.
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