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Abigael Loma and Araceli Lemos on Religion and Mysticism in Holy Emy | AFI Fest 2021 [Exclusive Interview]

Actress Abigael Loma on set of Holy Emy; Courtesy of StudioBauhaus and Utopie Film

The worlds of religion and mysticism may interpret the same situation differently. In Holy Emy, a young girl must confront both worlds as they discover her mysterious abilities.

The film stars Abigael Loma, Hasmine Kilip, Michaelis Syriopoulos, Angeli Bayani, Ku Aquino, and Irene Igglesi. Araceli Lemos directed the movie from a script written by Lemos and Giulia Caruso.

Here is the official synopsis for Holy Emy:

When their mother returns to the Philippines, two young sisters, Emy and Teresa, are left alone in Athens where they begin to forge separate paths in search of their own identities. Teresa, secretly pregnant with a Greek sailor’s child, is embraced by the insular Filipino Charismatic Catholic church where Emy feels like an outsider. Emy is drawn toward the home of Mrs. Christina, an elderly Greek woman who runs an alternative healing practice where the sisters’ mother used to work. As Teresa’s pregnancy advances, Emy explores the mysterious forces and abilities within her and must learn how to live a life of her own.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with actress Abigael Loma and director Araceli Lemos in their feature film debut. We talked about the characters, the Filipino community in Greece, challenges, and their film debut.

Holy Emy marks the acting debut for Abigael Loma. For Araceli Lemos, it is her directing debut for a narrative feature film. She directed a few short films previously including Miguel Alvarez Wears a Wig and Debbie and Janice as the Maids.

Holy Emy makes its North American premiere at the AFI Fest 2021 tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Chinese 3/TCL Theatres in Hollywood, Calif. The film is a recipient of honorable mention for the first feature award at the 2021 Locarno International Film Festival.

Watch the exclusive interview with Abigael Loma and Araceli Lemos below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Studiobauhaus and Utopie Films

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