Alessandra de Rossi, Paolo Contis in "Through Night and Day"

Travel is the best way to know companion’s character

 

In the upcoming film from Viva Films, Jen (Alessandra de Rossi) and Ben (Paolo Contis) have been friends since they were kids and decide they take their friendship seriously.

Before they make any sweeping decision, like getting married, Ben agreed to accompany Jen to Iceland, her dream travel destination.

Alessndra de Rossi is Jen in Through Night and Day

Alessndra de Rossi is Jen in Through Night and Day

What happens in Iceland does not remain in Iceland, for it did, there won’t be Through Night and Day, the movie about Ben and Jen’s Iceland holiday.

Paolo Contis is Ben in Through Night and Day

Paolo Contis is Ben in Through Night and Day

At the presscon, the two stars that play the lead roles in the film recounted their experiences, along with the film’s director (Veronica B. Velasco), while shooting in severe weather conditions in the country.

While all three agreed they had fun during the shoot, there were times in which the director would have second thoughts whether to shoot or not as the weather condition was almost always unpredictable. “There were days when we would experience all four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall – all in one day,” she said.

“So, it was compulsory that we should be ready at all time,” Alessandra interjected. “There was a time when I nearly passed out due to hypothermia (low body temperature) and I got everyone in panic mode,” she giggled.

“Yeah, that would have gotten me in trouble,” added Veronica, “if Alex’s body temperature didn’t normalize.”

Exactly the kind of situations Ben and Jen go through during their holiday in Iceland. “It tells of the ups and downs of friends when they are in another country, but of course how they’d take care of each other,” related Paolo.

Jen and Ben romping in Iceland

Jen and Ben romping in Iceland

“There’s bickering over simple things, but they are able to get over them the soonest, and they discover how they care for each other,” Alessandra added.

Through Day and Nigh is the Filipino film shot in Iceland.  The team took the RingRoad and went around the country by car in seven days. Veronica also directed Tuhog and My Other Self.

Paolo Contis, former child actor, hasn’t made a movie for some time. This is his first after a long absence from the big screen. Known for playing funny roles on TV, this is his first film as a romantic lead.

Friends off and on screen, Paolo Contis and Alessandra de Rossi enjoying each other’s company in Iceland

Friends off and on screen, Paolo Contis and Alessandra de Rossi enjoying each other’s company in Iceland

Alessandra has always dreamed on traveling to Iceland. She wrote the story for the film and set it in the freezing conditions of the country. She said she feels Iceland is her second home (Italy is her native country), thanks to Björk’s music with which she can relate very much, like her biggest hit “It’s Oh So Quiet”. Paolo is also an Italian Filipino (his father was Italian). They have been friends (just like in the film) and had worked together in several shows both on and off TV. This is their first film together.The romantic drama also stars Joey Marquez and Cheska Iñigo. 

It features "I Will Be Here," a cover of the Steven Curtis Chapman song performed by its lead stars. 

It is scheduled to premiere on November 14.