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With the critically praised movie, a Winnipeg actress makes her big screen debut.

With this acclaimed film, Winnipeg actress makes her big screen debut.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sheila Lotuaco, a Filipina actress, was cast in the film “Islands” as Marisol, a professional nanny.
  • The film had its world premiere on April 15 at Winnipeg’s Cinematheque, with Lotuaco guaranteeing that other screenings would follow it.

A Winnipeg actor has fulfilled a long-held desire by starring in a part she is well-versed in.

Sheila Lotuaco, who was born in the Philippines, got the role of Marisol, a professional caretaker, in the film “Islands.” Following a shy middle-aged Filipino immigrant who is scared of being alone when his parents die, the story follows him.

“I’ve always wanted to be a movie star since I was a kid.” In the Philippines, I was simply performing in a school play. “It’s quite thrilling,” Lotuaco added.

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Her character is based on her real-life occupation as a health care worker. Lotuaco previously earned a Doctor of Dentistry and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from university and worked as a certified dentist and registered nurse in the Philippines. She claimed that her background enabled her to portray geriatric care correctly.

After replying to a casting call on social media for middle-aged or elderly actors, she got the position.

She was hesitant to answer at first, assuming it was a ruse but was persuaded by a friend, who happened to be the director’s cousin, that it was genuine.

With this acclaimed film, Winnipeg actress makes her big screen debut.
With this acclaimed film, Winnipeg actress makes her big screen debut. Image from Winnipeg Free Press

“They replied and awarded the job to me after a series of tryouts with them and a real chemistry with Rogelio (Balagtas), the lead actor,” Lotuaco said.

The film has gotten positive reviews and award nominations. It’s competing for three Canadian Screen Awards, including best feature film, and won a special jury prize at South by Southwest (SXSW) last year.

“It’s a movie.” “I’m quite proud of that,” Lotuaco added. “I’m just really proud of it because it’s like a Filipino-Canadian representation of arts and Filipino-Canadian skills.”

The film premiered on April 15 at Cinematheque in Winnipeg, with Lotuaco promising that more screenings would follow.

Source: CTV News

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