Chai Fonacier to star on the film ‘Nocebo’ with Eva Green and Mark Strong


Filipina actor Chai Fonacier is now in Ireland together with Eva Green and Mark Strong for the production of Lorcan Finnegan’s new psychological thriller film ‘Nocebo.’

The film tells the story of a fashion designer played Eva Green who is suffering from a mysterious illness that puzzles her doctors and frustrates her husband played by Mark Strong until help arrives in the form of a Filipino caregiver portrayed by Chai Fonacier.

According to Varietys article that announced the boarding of the actors to the project, “… the film explores consumerism, human exploitation, and the fast fashion industry, as well as the brain’s power in deciding whether to harm or cure the physical body. ‘Nocebo’ is the antonym of ‘placebo’ and refers to the Nocebo Effect, in which negative thinking on the part of a patient results in a more negative outcome.

The film is an awardee of the First Cycle of the International Co-Production Fund of the Film Philippines Incentives amounting to 6.5 million pesos, it is the first co-production between Ireland and the Philippines. The film is produced by Emily Leo of Wild Swim Films and Brunella Cocchiglia Lovely Productions, and Filipino co-producers Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew of Epic Media.

Epic Media is the production studio behind some of the acclaimed and award-winning Filipino films. The studio’s recent projects are Antoinette Jadaone’s Fan Girl, Rae Red’s Babae at Baril, Dwein Baltazar’s Oda sa Wala and Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus, Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno, and Lav Diaz’s Ang Panahon ng Halimaw.

Chai Fonacier is best known for the films Respeto, Asuang, Pauwi Na, and Patay na si Hesus where she won Best Supporting Actress at the Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines, she also won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Miss Bulalacao at the 2015 Cinema One Originals.

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