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Paul Soriano Is Hopeful For "Transit's" Chances In The Oscars

Director/producer Paul Soriano is hoping that his film, "Transit," will be one of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film category of the 86th Academy Awards.

Right now, Paul said the film is already on the top 22. That's good enough since there are 70 films being reviewed by the committee. The goal though is to reach the top five, so the film will be included in the list of official nominees.

"Transit" was shot in Israel and tells the struggles of Filipinos as the government enforces an immigration law that will deport them to the Philippines. Most of the daughters and sons of Filipino workers there were born and raised in Israel, and are only familiar with the culture of Jerusalem and not of the Philippines.

It was directed by Hannah Espia and produced by Paul. The film stars Jasmine Curtis Smith, Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral and Marc Justine Alvarez. This was shown at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2013, where it won Best Film for the New Breed category.

"Hope for the best," Paul, the boyfriend of actress-endorser Toni Gonzaga, said. He added that they are all excited for the screenings, which will happen on December 12, 13 and 14.

A lot of the judges of the foreign film category will be attending the said screenings, Paul said. "You know, a win for Transit is a win for the Philippines. So, we’re hoping for the best."

Dean Devlin, the distributor of Hollywood films "Godzilla" and "Independence Day," is the sales agent of "Transit" in the United States. Paul said Dean has helped a lot in his movie's chances at the Oscars.

The entrance of a Hollywood distributor raised "Transit's" chances to be nominated in the 86th Academy Awards. And if ever "Transit" loses the chance to be nominated in the Oscars, Paul is sure the Philippines will have a chance again in the next 10 years.

Philippine cinema, he said, is just on the rise and there are so many great films that can be considered for an Oscar award.

Meanwhile, Paul expressed his happiness for Toni's new project--"Home Sweetie Home"--with John Lloyd Cruz. The two were last seen in 2010's "My Amnesia Girl." Many thought they will be making another movie that even the two of them were surprised when the weekend sitcom was offered to them.

Toni, the director said, "is always at her best when it comes to comedy."

His girlfriend's role in the sitcom will be more mature compared to her previous movies since she will be playing the wife of John Lloyd's character in "Home Sweetie Home." Paul said it's good that both of them are maturing both as a director and as an actress.

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