It’s no secret that I love local indie movies. That’s why I support Cinemalaya year after year. And for 2014, the eagerly-awaited film festival is turning a decade old – “A Decade of Connecting Dimensions” as the tagline states. And just to widen the reach beyond the Cultural Center of the Philippines, four (4) more cinema venues – Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces – have committed to the simultaneous showing of the entries.
Nora Aunor leads the cast of Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya” (Justice).
The participating movies are worth looking forward to, especially that a number of our mainstream (read: commercial
) actors and actresses have agreed to appear in some of them. For example, there is top comedienne/box-office draw Ai-ai de la Alas who will take her dramatic turn in Nick Olanka’s “Ronda
” (Patrol). Superstar Nora Aunor will share the screen with TV performers Sunshine Dizon and Rocco Nacino in Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya
” (Justice). Matinee idol Elmo Magalona will star with former Bb. Pilipinas Universe Joyce Ann Burton-Titular and Slater Young in “#Y
” (Hashtag Y) from Gino Santos. Aiko Melendez will topbill Louie Ignacio’s “Asintado
” (Between the Eyes). Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman will be part of the ensemble cast of “Separados” by GB Sampedro. And Dennis Trillo with Derek Ramsay and Richard Gomez will take centerstage in “The Janitor
” from director Mike Tuviera.
There’s definitely more to come. I will keep you updated on more of the details (including screening times) as the festival dates draw near. In the meantime, you can also visit Cinemalaya’s Facebook page to know more about the other movies in the official roster. 😉
If you’re in the Philippines for the Holidays, and want to catch a movie during the 10-day Metro Manila Film Festival running from December 25 – January 3, please find time to watch and support “Thy Womb” which stars the incomparable Nora Aunor together with Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral. Directed by the brilliant (pun intended) award-winning and internationallly acclaimed director Brillante Ma Mendoza, the movie is a superb testament to the power of undying love captured on the screen by the enduring acting talent of its lead (Super)star, La Aunor.
Courtesy of pinoymovies
Don’t miss it! I’m sure you won’t regret spending two hours of your time appreciating the movie. 😉
The international movie poster of “Thy Womb”
courtesy of KaumanSamaOnline
When was the last time you watched Nora Aunor in an indie movie being fielded to film festivals abroad? I honestly can’t think of any except “Himala” (Miracle) which now belongs to the list of Best Filipino Movies of All Time.
This time around, she has joined hands with Cannes Film Festival Best Director winner Brillante Mendoza for the film “Sinapupunan” (“Thy Womb” is the international title) which has already been selected for competition at the prestigious 69th Venice International Film Festival. On top of that, it will be part of another high-profile event that is Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it will be shown as part of Contemporary World Cinema. Wikipedia states that this is “…about a Badjao midwife coping with the irony of her own infertility amid the deprivations of her gypsy community in Tawi-Tawi. A saga of island life stuck between the devil of passion and the deep blue sea of tradition.”
Below is an image lifted from a Spanish blog which includes the movie as one of the 10 entries to look forward to in the Venice Filmfest.
Aside from Aunor, “Thy Womb” stars Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral. Please like its Facebook Fanpage. Let’s all support this movie which is bound to become one of the Philippines’ more important indie movies.
“Donor”, an independent film by Mark Meily won Best Picture (international competition) at the recently-concluded 37th Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bruxelles (Brussels International Independent Film Festival). It also scored a double victory with lead actress Meryll Soriano bagging the Best Actress award. The twin wins continue the excellent track record of the Philippines in the said independent film festival. Actress Nora Aunor and actor Yul Servo previously won the Best Actress and Best Actor awards, respectively, way back in 2004 for the movie “Naglalayag“, with comedian Dolphy and his two sons – Eric and Epi – getting a Best Ensemble Actor award for “Markova” and a lot more.
As a refresher, watch the full trailer of “Donor” below:
video courtesy of YouTube/markmeily
Congratulations to Mark & Meryll for bringing honor to the country! 😉