“Independencia”, a period black-and-white film directed by Raya Martin and which competed in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes 2009 copped two awards in the recently-concluded Bangkok International Film Festival. It was declared Grand Prize winner in the Southeast Asian Category, aside from getting the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Jury Prize.
The film, which stars Sid Lucero, Tetchie Agbayani, Alessandra de Rossi and Mika Aguilos, is actually an experimental piece that follows a mother and son who flee to the mountains to escape the harsh realities of war. Through the years, their lives remained peaceful until the arrival of a mysterious woman (de Rossi) whom the son (Lucero) ended falling up in love with and the two of them started a family to the ignominy of the mother (Agbayani).
The Grand Prize Southeast Asia award was netted by the movie “for its strong cinematic expression. The film is visually adventurous with humor, expressing historical aspects while also very friendly to the audience.” Furthermore, it won the NETPAC Jury Prize “for its cinematic creation exploring the history of the Philippines and the history of Philippine cinema within the limited space and a few characters.”
On the other hand, another Pinoy movie – “Imburnal” (Sewer) by Sherad Anthony Sanchez – was given a Special Mention citation in the same filmfest “for putting together a very risky concept with complicated sociopolitical background, and for the director’s courage and bravery.”
Congratulations to Directors Raya Martin and Sherad Anthony Sanchez!