Quantcast

Venice red carpet debut for Nora Aunor, Lovi Poe, Mercedes Cabral

Brillante Mendoza brings women of ‘Thy Womb’ to the prestigious film fest

By |

ROCO, Poe and Aunor lead the cast of “Thy Womb,” premiering Thursday (Manila time) at the international fest. photo: thy womb official FB page

Singer-actress Nora Aunor is looking forward to attending the world premiere of her latest movie, “Thy Womb (Sinapupunan),” at the 69th Venice International Film Festival on Thursday.

Brillante Mendoza, who directed the film, told the Inquirer last week: “Nora earlier told me how excited she was. This is her first time to attend the red-carpet premiere of a film that’s in competition in one of the world’s top three international film festivals. Apparently, she wasn’t present at the Berlin premiere of [Ishmael Bernal’s] ‘Himala’ in 1983.”

The international festivals in Venice, Berlin and Cannes are considered the top three.

(Aunor recalls that she made it to the premiere of Lino Brocka’s “Bona,” which was exhibited in the Directors’ Fortnight section of Cannes in 1981. Scriptwriter Ricky Lee also says Aunor attended the Moscow fest where “Himala” was screened in 1983, and the Cairo fest in 1996, where she won best actress for Joel Lamangan’s “The Flor Contemplacion Story.”)

Aunor told the Inquirer that she would wear a gown by Filipino designer Nono Palmos, a longtime collaborator, on the Venice red carpet. Cast members Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral will join Mendoza and Aunor in Venice.

Cabral revealed that she had a complete wardrobe prepared—red-carpet gown by Mitch Desunia; cocktail dresses by Megan Pillos; everyday wear by Anne Garcia; awards night gown by Cebu-based designer Harvey Cenit.

Poe picked clothes from the collections of Ezra for the press con and Cary Santiago for the awards night.

They know her

“I’m thrilled that I’m going to Venice,” Poe told the Inquirer. “It will be my first time there.”

Mendoza related ongoing buzz about Aunor’s Venice trip: “The Italians know her. They know her work. Apart from ‘Thy Womb,’ Nora has another film included in this year’s lineup—the digitally restored ‘Himala.’”

Aunor is competing for best actress with another Mendoza star, Isabelle Huppert, whose entry is Marco Bellocchio’s “Bella Addormentata.” Huppert is the star of Mendoza’s Berlin entry this year—“Captive,” currently showing in local theaters.

Also vying for best actress are Hollywood stars Amy Adams and Rachel McAdams.

Mendoza attended the Philippine premiere of ‘Captive’ at SM Pampanga on Sept. 2 and the gala premiere at Greenbelt Makati on Sept. 3, so the Philippine contingent couldn’t fly to Italy until Wednesday.

The group also includes scriptwriter Henry Burgos, producer Larry Castillo and Aunor’s manager Boy Palma. They will arrive at the festival just in time for the film’s premiere.

(A third Filipino film, the restored version of Manuel Conde’s 1950 film “Genghis Khan,” will be unveiled in Venice on Thursday as well.)

“I expect it will be a tiring four days,” Mendoza said. “We’ll be back in Manila on Sept. 9.”

Among the stars, Cabral is the only one who has red-carpet experiences with Mendoza. They went to Cannes for “Serbis” in 2008 and “Kinatay” in 2009. But this is her first time in Venice.

“I plan to watch as many films as possible,” she told Inquirer. “I want to go around the city. I am proud to be going because Direk Brillante has made a beautiful film.”

(bayanisandiegojr@gmail.com)


Follow Us






Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

  • andresa igbac

    God bless your trip. May you all achieve success in Venice, for our country. We all need the good news. But if ever luck won’t be on your side, it’s still ok. Being a participant in that prestigious is honor enough. And besides, there are still other great festivals to participate in.

  • innit1

    PDI, any news about our nine paralympians in London??????????

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B5HXITWGDUTJF2JPFTXRIOY7NQ Danyale

      @innit1: why not howl your question to the Sports Page/Section????….you are howling to a wrong tree……this section is the Entertainment Page of PDI…..getz?

      • innit1

        I searched the paralympics website and I do watch channnel 4 live paralympic games but no Filipno paralympians featured there because no one got a medal yet. They only show starlist finals and finalists. Do you get it? Luckily I found the latest update from a Filipino Blogger based in China.
        My point is Philippines do not care about these extraordinary Filipinos by taking part in one of the biggest event on earth despite their physical challenges. No news about them at all in Philippine newspapers and websites. Stupid people like you are just interested in gossips and show biz news. I really feel sorry for you. I
        And I did watch you tube but it only showed Philippine flag raising posted by Philippine embassy in London. Got it?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B5HXITWGDUTJF2JPFTXRIOY7NQ Danyale

        gheez…STUPIDITY is in YOU innit1, you do not even knew the difference between gossip and the ongoing Venice Film Festival…mag-isip ka nga muna bago ka magsalita? you’re so narrow minded that shows your stupidity. I repeat, this is the entertainment page/section of PDI, howl your querries to their sports section. It is like you’re asking the sales attendant in a men’s apparel section for a lingerie??? Susme naman, simple logic lang.

      • andresa igbac

         i understand what you mean (except the part where you utter a curse word, innit) but like danyale said, better if you alert the sports section.

    • trebolinao

      f u r really interested….search the official website..u can see the results there….its up 2 u 2 find out…..secret…bheeeeeh…if u r really sports-minded,there r many ways through internet to know the details like watching game matches…thats y youtube and google are existing….another option,SEND PRIVATE MESSAGE to PDI..then u can check ur emails every now and then….tsssk..tskkkkk!

      • innit1

        I searched the paralympics website  and I do watch channnel 4 live paralympic games but no Filipno paralympians featured there  because no one got a medal yet. They only show starlist finals and finalists. Do you get it? Luckily I found the latest update from a Filipino Blogger based in China.

        My point is Philippines do not care about these extraordinary Filipinos by taking part in one of the biggest event on earth despite their physical challenges. No news about them at all in Philippine newspapers and websites. Stupid people like you are just interested in gossips and show biz news. I really feel sorry for you. I 

        And I did watch you tube but it only showed Philippine flag raising posted by Philippine embassy in London. Got it?

      • innit1

        Do not bother to reply coz I am jjust going to delete your reply. OK?tsk tsk tsk.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KNYAS4HJQKNHD7MPWMMPBAIQUI Francesca

    awesome…. impressive!

  • adscity_info

    Nora Aunor has a big chance to win the Best Actress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donpantaleonalbano Dawn Mayor Albano

    Nora Aunor has proven a lot so its time for her to give a recogniton to our country…bravo la Aunor…You deserve to win…Goodluck….

    • andresa igbac

       what? nora has already given recognition for the country  many times.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYLPZZMFSYZP2BFBW3OO4JI4QU Jerome

    buti pa yung mga artistang ito, may kakayahan.  sina carelle mangaliag at rr herrera, panay epal lang at wala namang laman ang mga pinagsasabi sa publiko. panay yabang lang sila.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94