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Brillante Mendoza's Thy Womb competes in Venice filmfest after being rejected by MMFF

William R. Reyes
Friday, July 27, 2012

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Competition ng 69th Venice International Film Festival, agad ding naalala ang pagka-reject ng indie film na ito bilang official entry sa Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2012.

Tatakbo mula August 29 hanggang September 8, 2012, ang 69th Venezia (VIFF), tatlong buwan bago ang MMFF 2012.


Ang Thy Womb ay pinagbibidahan ng Superstar na si Nora Aunor.

MMFF REJECTS DANTE. Malaon nang napapasali at napaparangalan ang mga pelikula ni Nora sa taunang MMFF, kaya ipinagtaka ng marami sa industriya ang pagkaka-reject ng Thy Womb.

At malaon nang pinapangaralan si Dante Mendoza at ang kanyang mga pelikula ng mga international filmfests.

Ngunit wala raw pagdaramdam si Direk Brillante sa hindi pagkakapili ng pelikula niya bilang entry sa MMFF.

Aniya, "Actually, marami ang nagtanong sa akin, nung mag-submit ako, 'Bakit ka pa nag-submit? Kailangan mo pa ba 'yan?'”

Ang tinutukoy ni Direk Brillante ay ang proposal na ipasok ang Thy Womb sa MMFF.

Patuloy niya, "'Hindi naman sa gano'n,' sabi ko. Kasi ang feeling ko, Filipino audience pa rin 'yan, e.

"Ayoko namang... sinasabi na nga nila sa akin na, 'Hindi mo kinu-consider ang Filipino audience...', na I make films only for the foreigners.”

NOT THE FIRST REJECTION. Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang direktor kahapon, July 26, sa kanyang residence-office sa Chantilly Villas, Mandaluyong City.

With Nora as his film's main star, kasama ang mga seasoned actors like Bembol Roco, Mercedes Cabral, and Lovi Poe, sabi ni Brillante: "Ang feeling ko, kahit papa'no, among all actors na nakatrabaho ko, si Ate Guy ang may pinakamaraming followers.

"At saka ang theme ng Thy Womb is about unconditional love.

"So, naisip ko, 'Parang bagay siya dito [sa MMFF].

"But, of course, siyempre tinitingnan din nila ang commercial viability ng films, like parang walang masyadong malaking mga cast [ang Thy Womb].

"Sabi ko lang naman, 'Kung hindi ako matanggap, e, di okay lang... it's not really a big issue.'

"At least, nag-try ako. Yun ang pinaka-importante.


"Nag-reach out naman talaga ako ng Filipino audience, pero parang hindi siguro nag-qualify yung film sa [guidelines] nila."

In 2006, Brillante Mendoza also fielded his second film, Kaleldo, and was similarly rejected by the MMFF selection committee.

"At least, ako, ginagawa ko yung part ko bilang Filipino director, na hindi lang ang kinu-consider ko ay yung foreign audiences.

"I'm also considering the local audiences.

“Sinasabi nga nila, 'Bakit di ka gumawa ng pelikulang pang-Filipino?’

"Ngayon, meron na akong pelikulang pang-Filipino, wala naman akong naging access.

"So, tapos na ako sa issue na 'yan," sabi ni Direk Brillante.

IN COMPETITION. Kabilang ang Thy Womb ni Direk Brillante sa labimpitong in-competition films ng 69th Venice International Film Festival.

Magsisimula ang Venice filmfest sa August 29.

Ito ang nag-iisang pelikula ng Pilipinas na nakapasok sa main competition ng prestihiyosong international filmfest.

Ang opening film ng 69th Venezia ay ang The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Indian filmmaker Mira Nair.

Ang iba pang kabilang sa lineup ay ang mga sumusunod:

Something In The Air by Olivier Assayas (France); Outrage: Beyond by Takeshi Kitano (Japan); Fill The Void by Rama Burshtein (Israel); To The Wonder by Terrence Malick (USA);


FULL STORY: http://www.pep.ph/news/35062/brillante-mendoza39s-thy-womb-competes-in-venice-filmfest-after-being-rejected-by-mmff
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  • Brillante attests to Nora's 'Superstar' title

    ABS-CBNnews.com
    Posted at 07/28/2012 2:54 PM | Updated as of 07/28/2012 2:54 PM
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    Nora Aunor plays midwife in 'Thy Womb'
    MANILA, Philippines – Having worked with veteran actress Nora Aunor for the film "Thy Womb," Cannes-winning director Brillante Mendoza now knows why she was dubbed Philippine cinema's "Superstar."

    Mendoza on Friday was all praises for the veteran actress, who stars as Badjao midwife in his latest film, alternately titled "Sinapupunan."

    For "Thy Womb," which has been officially invited to compete in this year's Venice International Film Festival, Mendoza and Aunor worked together for the first time.

    "Isa sa mga realization ko kung bakit [si Nora Aunor] naging 'Superstar' ay 'yung kanyang pagiging totoong artist," Mendoza said during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of "TV Patrol" on Friday.

    "Nasa puso niya 'yun, dala-dala niya 'yun, kaya sabi ko, ay iba itong taong 'to. Kapag meron kang pinakitang commitment sa trabaho mo, dodoblehin niya 'yun, ti-triplehin niya 'yun," Mendoza said of Aunor.

    And their commitment to their craft has paid off.

    International nods

    Apart from a slot in the upcoming Venice filmfest, Mendoza revealed that "Thy Womb" has also been selected in another "important" film festival.

    "Venice is just the start. In the coming days, we will announce another important festival kung saan pumasok ang 'Thy Womb,' so sunud-sunod na 'yan," Mendoza said.

    Before garnering international nods, "Thy Womb" in June failed to earn a slot in this year's competing films for the Metro Manila International Film Festival.

    Of the supposed snub, Mendoza said: "Kasi may kani-kaniyang criteria naman 'yan. Siguro may criteria 'yung MMFF na iba, but we respect kung ano 'yung criteria nila."

    "Sabi nga nila, kung may magsara mang pinto, may magbubukas na mga bintana, so this is a blessing, so nagpapasalamat ako na sunud-sunod na ang mga blessing na dumarating."

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  • VENICE FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS LINE UP!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Director Brillante Mendoza, Ms Nora Aunor, to the whole cast and crew of the film "Thy Womb"!

    SOURCE: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118057080?refCatId=19

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  • After MMFF snub, 'Thy Womb' invited to Venice

    ABS-CBNnews.com
    Posted at 07/26/2012 5:16 PM | Updated as of 07/26/2012 6:39 PM


    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- The independent film "Thy Womb" from director Brillante Mendoza has been invited to compete at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival after failing to get a slot in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

    The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) on Thursday announced that the Nora Aunor-starrer, alternately titled "Sa 'Yong Sinapupunan," has been invited to join the Main Competition Section at this year's Venice International Film Festival.

    The FDCP is a co-producer of the independent film.

    Slated for a release later this year, "Thy Womb" is centered around Aunor's character, a midwife coping with her own infertility.

    The film also stars Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral.

    MMFF 'snub'

    The competing films for the 38th MMFF was announced last month and "Thy Womb," which had vied for a slot in the annual film fest, was not among them.

    In an earlier interview with ABS-CBNnews.com, Mendoza said he bears no ill feelings toward the organizers of the MMFF.

    "First of all, I respect the decision of the screening committee. Secondly, of course it's their basic right, kung ano man ang decision nila," he said.

    At the time, Mendoza also belied rumors that "Thy Womb" would instead vie for an international nod, saying that it should first be seen by any filmfest organizer.

    "The only time na pwede mong masabing natanggap ka if it's officially launched by the festival itself. So 'yung mga filmmakers o kung sino man ang nagsasabi diyan na 'pang-Cannes ito, pang-Venice, ito pang-Berlin itong ginagawa ko,' they can never say that, not until the screening committee of the film festival says so na ‘OK we are accepting your film.’ At hindi nila masasabi 'yon hanggang 'di pa natatapos ang film," he explained.

    The criteria in the selection of the MMFF's final eight entries include commercial viability, artistic merit, and cultural and historical value.

    "Thy Womb" is among 17 films in the international competition, including "To the Wonder" by American director Terrence Malick, starring Ben Affleck; Japan's "Outrage Beyond"; and Brian de Palma's "Passion."

    Another Nora Aunor film, "Himala," by the late Ishmael Bernal will also be shown in the Venice International Film Festival.

    "Himala" is the first film to be restored in high definition quality by the ABS-CBN Restoration Project, in partnership with Central Digital Lab, Inc.


    SOURCE: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/07/26/12/after-mmff-snub-thy-womb-invited-venice
  • Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Thy Womb’, starring Nora Aunor, to compete in Venice
    InterAksyon.com · Thursday, July 26, 2012 · 3:49 pm


    Nora Aunor plays a Badjao midwife in 'Thy Womb'



    Who needs the Metro Manila Film Festival, anyway?

    Certainly not Brillante Mendoza, who can forget that the MMFF screening committee snubbed his latest film “Thy Womb”. Certainly not Nora Aunor, who stars as a Badjao midwife in the movie.

    “Thy Womb” has just been invited to compete in the Venice International Film Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious filmfests.

    This was announced on Thursday by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, a co-producer of “Thy Womb”.

    The film will be declared as one of the entries in the Venice festival’s Main Competition Section in an official press conference in Rome on Thursday. The festival will run from August 29 to September 8.

    Touted as Aunor’s comeback film, “Thy Womb” tells the story of a Badjao midwife who not only copes with the irony of her own infertility but also the challenges facing her impoverished community of sea gypsies in Tawi-Tawi.

    Aunor will be twice honored in Venice. “Himala”, her classic 1982 film directed by Ishmael Bernal, will also be screened in a special section dedicated to restored masterpieces, which will include “Heaven’s Gate” and “Sunset Boulevard”.
  • Himala at the Venice Film Festival in Restored Masterpieces section. The restored copy (HD) is from ABS CBN.

    Venice choose Ishmael Bernal's Himala of the Philippines starring Nora Aunor.....

    Ms. Nora Aunor will grace the red carpet premiere of Himala restored version in Venice Filmfest!

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  • cinelamourcinelamour PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    she should. she has two films. one in main competition and in a retrospective.
  • The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest international film festival in the world. Founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi in 1932 as the "Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica", the festival has since taken place every year in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. This year's 69th Venice Film Festival will run from 29th August to 8th September, directed by Alberto Barbera. The festival screenings will take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and in other venues nearby. Many other cities have followed Venice’s lead with their own film festivals. Sundance, Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, Los Angeles, and Tribeca are all widely recognized events, but none have the historical import or the status of the Venice Film Festival. While some of the newer festivals like South by Southwest and Toronto draw more people, there is a deep and abiding respect for the oldest of all such film competitions. Past Venice Film Festival winners include some of the biggest names in acting and directing.
  • cinelamour wrote: »
    she should. she has two films. one in main competition and in a retrospective.


    bongga ni Nora! not one, but two movies in a prestigious filmfest. that's what we call HISTORY! Si Nora Aunor lang yan!
  • MS. NORA AUNOR, an acting legend -- Film Business Asia

    SOURCE: http://www.filmbiz.asia/news/venice-competition-for-asian-trio

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  • "himala" continues to create quite a stir in world cinema 30 years after it debuted at the metro manila filmfest.

    it is arguably bernal's most universally acclaimed film. and perhaps the most internationally-acclaimed Filipino film of all time. in particular, i don't think any local film has ever been exhibited in both berlin and venice filmfests before.


    2012 venice film festival restored classics section

    2008 cnn asia pacific screen awards 'best film of all time'

    2001 gawad urian one of the 10 best films from 1970-1999

    1991 gawad urian one of the 10 best films of the 1980s

    1983 berlin film festival competition entry

    1983 chicago film festival bronze hugo award

    1983 asian film festival special achievement for best depiction of socially-involved religion

    1982 catholic mass media awards best picture

    1982 metro manila film festival best picture
  • "thy womb," which stars the greatest asian actress---nora aunor---is brillante's fifth film to compete in a top-tier filmfest.

    2012 - venice "thy womb" (nora aunor)

    2012 - berlin "captive" (isabelle hupert)

    2009 - venice "lola" (anita linda, rustica carpio)

    2009 - cannes "kinatay" (coco martin)

    2008 - cannes "serbis" (coco martin, gina pareno, jaclyn jose)
  • since the 1932 inception of "mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica della biennnale di venezia," only four (4) Filipino films have been accepted in the competition section. those that vied/are vying for the "leone d'oro" are as follows:

    2012 thy womb (brillante ma. mendoza)

    2009 lola (brillante ma. mendoza)

    1985 sister stella l. (mike de leon)

    1952 genghis khan (manuel conde)
  • nora, the Philippines' best performer of all time, boasts of two motion pictures that have competed in two of the world's most prestigious festivals!:)

    2012 "thy womb" - venice

    1983 "himala" - berlin

    in 1981, her self-produced film, "bona," nearly made it to the competition section of cannes. however, the brocka-helmed film arrived very late and in horrible prints (some of the negatives were merely 'connected' by a masking tape)! it had to be relegated to the equally-important section of directors fortnight.

    of course, another la aunor film competed in a major competitive film festival that is accredited by FIAPF (international federation of film producers association), an organization founded in 1933 that supervises some of the most important festivals around the globe. joel lamangan's "the flor contemplacion story" captured the golden pyramid award for best picture in 1995. with nora winning the princess pattaten best actress honors.
  • stomatastomata PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Brillante headed back to Venice fest
    By: Bayani San Diego Jr.
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    July 29, 2012 | 7:29 pm


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    “Thy Womb,” Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza’s new film, about seafaring Badjaos, is headed to Venice—though not literally sailing on a vinta.
    It will compete in the main section of the 69th Venice International Film Festival, to be held from Aug. 28 to Sept. 8.
    Mendoza is vying for the top prize against Olivier Assayas of France, and Terence Malick and Brian de Palma of the United States.
    (“Genghis Khan,” a film by Manuel Conde and Lou Salvador, will be presented in a special retrospective section featuring past Venice entries.)
    Mendoza told the Inquirer that he’s happy about returning to Venice.
    Mindanao peg
    “But it’s not just about going back to Italy,” he said. “I’m more excited about sharing the story of Badjaos with the whole world. I will get the chance to present a different face of Mindanao.”
    Early this year, Mendoza competed in Berlin with another film set in Mindanao— “Captive,” about the 2001 kidnapping of foreigners and Filipinos by the Abu Sayyaf.
    “In ‘Captive,’ I tackled violence in Mindanao. In ‘Thy Womb,’ I focused on a peace-loving people who live in Tawi-Tawi, a group of islands in the far south,” he said.
    Multifaceted
    The Badjaos’ story proves just how multi-faceted our country is, he pointed out.
    “I am not denying that there is conflict and poverty in our country, but there are untold stories in our midst,” he pointed out. “Mindanao has many sides.”
    “Captive” features French film icon Isabelle Huppert as a kidnap victim; “Thy Womb” top bills Filipino superstar Nora Aunor as a Badjao midwife.
    “I never knew there was such a story in our country,” he said. “The Badjaos are a gentle, passive people, not aggressive or quarrelsome, and very much capable of unconditional love.”
    More sober
    Mendoza observed that while his more controversial and “graphic” movies land in Cannes and Berlin, his more sober and serene films are chosen by Venice. In 2009, Mendoza’s “Lola,” starring acting legend Anita Linda, was shown as a surprise entry in Venice.
    “Notice that ‘Lola’ revolves around the unconditional love of two grandmothers for their grandsons—one a murder victim, the other a criminal.”
    At the time of this interview, Mendoza was putting the finishing touches on “Thy Womb.”
    “I earlier sent a rough cut. We are now doing the final edit and scoring to meet the deadline,” he related.
    Before she left for the United States, Aunor told the Inquirer that she was looking forward to the film’s premiere in Venice.
    MMFF snub
    She said in Filipino: “I hope that more of our movies will be shown abroad so that we can continue what we started in the past, with our films ‘Bona,’ ‘Himala’ and ‘The Flor Contemplacion
    Story.’ Hopefully, this will inspire other local producers to invest in more high-quality, socially relevant films.”
    “Thy Womb’s” Venice invite somehow lessens the sting of its noninclusion in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
    “Okay lang ’yon, said Mendoza. “I am sure the MMFF committee has its reasons for not picking my movie.”
    (E-mail the author: [email protected])
  • stomatastomata PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Miracle times two
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    July 29, 2012 | 7:10 pm

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    Two “restored” Filipino film classics by National Artists Manuel Conde and Ishmael Bernal will be screened in this year’s Venice fest, programmer Paolo Bertolin told the Inquirer.
    Apart from “Genghis Khan” by Conde and Lou Salvador, the “restored, High-Definition” version of Bernal’s “Himala” will have its world premiere in Venice.
    The restoration of “Himala” was a collaboration between the ABS-CBN Archives and Central Digital Lab. With Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” in Main Competition, Nora Aunor will topbill two films in Venice this year.Bayani San Diego Jr.
  • hi stomata and sayurisan nice to see yah again and thanks sa post...
  • 2012 na... after 30 years, buhay na buhay pa rin ang HIMALA! tamang tama sa selebrasyong 30th anniversary ng Himala ang pagkakapili ng prestigious Venice na imbitahan ito sa kanilang filmfest. bongga ka Guy!
  • hi stomata and sayurisan nice to see yah again and thanks sa post...

    these are glorious times for the superstar of superstars, bqv! artistically speaking, nora's still eons away from her lesser competitors and contemporaries.
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