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Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” is included in Around the World in 14 Films, an event that will screen “jewels of world cinema” in Berlin from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7. Also in the fest are Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” is reviewed by Time Out website: “There is something disquieting about the thought of this new Filipino drama, with its atavistic subject matter and high-contrast color palette.”
Nora Aunor won Best Actress for Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” at the 3rd Sakhalin International Film Festival held in Russia last week. It is Aunor’s fourth international honor for the role.
Aside from Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” and Jerrold Tarog’s “Sana Dati,” three more Filipino movies will be screened at the 33rd Hawaii International Film Festival, set on October 10-20.
Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” will be shown at the 33rd Hawaii International Film Festival, to be held from Oct. 10 to 20.
Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” won special mention-jury prize Alhambra de Oro at the 7th Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur held in Spain last week. Mendoza told the Inquirer that he felt elated upon hearing that his work had received a “standing ovation” at the fest where it was the opening film. “To win is a wonderful bonus. I am happy that the film was recognized.” The jury cited the film for “reflecting a remote reality.”
Two Filipino films will be screened at the 31st Munich International Film Festival to be held in Germany from June 28 to July 7.
Shireen Seno’s “Big Boy” will be screened, along with Seno’s short “Lovebird,” at the Hors Piste Tokyo tomorrow.
By Andy Bais
“I find TV hosts’ overly dramatic way of talking annoying. Mel Tiangco always seems to be hosting ‘Magpakailanman,’ even when she’s anchoring ‘24 Oras.’ An overload of vocal bombast is also the style of Mike Enriquez and Noli de Castro, who sounds like he’s in a boxing ring. Even Jessica Soho is beginning to sound like a preacher in a pulpit. They treat television like radio, and undermine viewers’ intelligence and taste—it’s insulting.
Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” will be screened at the 11th Asian Film Festival, to be held in Reggio Emilia, Italy, from April 6 to 11. Mendoza told the Inquirer it wasn’t the first time for a movie he made to be featured in this fest.
Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” will have a return engagement in Australia soon. After being screened in Brisbane, where it won Best Director for Mendoza and Best Actress for Nora Aunor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards last November, “Thy Womb” will have screenings in Melbourne at the Australian Center for the Moving Image from May 10 to 13. The ACMI website described the Filipino film as “a lyrical tale of love and beauty.”
By Andy Bais
Marilou Buena, TFC subscriber: “My family and I enjoy watching ‘Princess and I.’ I commend ABS-CBN’s writers for creating such a wonderful tale. But, while the start of its story had a strong impact, it now seems to focus on one person.