Thel-ma: a name of Greek origin which means “will” or “volition”.
“Thelma” is the first full-length feature film production of Time Horizon Pictures and is directed by film and TV-commercial director Paul Soriano. It is the story of a simple young girl from the province-Thelma (played by Maja Salvador) whose family is beset with challenges when she discovers her uncanny gift of speed. Her talent then opens doors for her – to elevate her family’s situation and change the course of her own life. But to do that she will have to run- against all obstacles, against personal hindrances, against shadows from her past, and against her own self-doubts.
Maja Salvador is supported by a talented cast: Techie Agbayani, John Arcilla, Eliza Pineda, and Jason Abalos. The movie features stunning cinematography by the award-winning Director of Photography, Odyssey Flores. Shot with the latest in camera technology– the ARRI Alexa– “Thelma” is set against rolling hills, landscapes, and the beautiful scenery of the Ilocos region. A special appearance is also made by the legendary Filipina athlete Elma Muros (15 Gold Medals in SEA Games) who coached Maja Salvador for several months to help her transform into the runner Thelma.
“Many people run away from their problems, she ran to fix them.” Thelma is inspired by the stories of true Filipino athletes who were discovered in the province, and fought their way to represent the Philippines in the world stage.
Premiere: September 7, 2011