Month: June 2017

Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz join Academy Class of 2017

Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz join Academy Class of 2017

Internationally acclaimed Filipino filmmakers Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz are among the 774 new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Hailing from 57 countries, the new members bring the organization’s Class of 2017 to a total of approximately 8,500 members.

This is part of the move of the AMPAS to promote diversity among its members. Currently, 13 percent of the members are people of color (POC), an increase from 11 percent in 2016 and 8 percent in 2015.

“We are not looking to increase membership,” outgoing AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement obtained by Deadline. “The goal is instead to increase a diverse membership that represents us around the world.”

There are more than 20 Asians among the new AMPAS members, including Gal Gadot, B.D. Wong, Donnie Yen, Ming-Na Wen, Fan Bingbing, Johnnie To, Tony Leung, Peter Ho-sun Chan, Ann Hui, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Maggie Cheung, Aamir Khan, Irrfan Khan, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone and Tran Anh Hung. Mendoza and Diaz are the only new members from the Philippines.

Since 1953, the Philippines has been submitting an entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but has yet to receive a nomination. Both Mendoza and Diaz have one film submitted as an entry.

In 2014, Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” (Norte, the End of History) was submitted as the Philippine entry to the 87th Academy Awards. The film starred Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Angelina Kanapo, Soliman Cruz, Mae Paner and Hazel Orencio.

In 2016, the Philippines submitted Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” to the 89th Academy Awards. The film starred Jaclyn Jose along with Julio Diaz, Felix Roco, Andi Eigenman, Jomari Angeles, Baron Geisler, Neil Ryan Sese, Mercedes Cabral, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Mon Confiado, Maria Isabel Lopez and Vince Rillon.

Both “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and “Ma’ Rosa” were featured at the Cannes Film Festival. Diaz’s film was screened at the Un Certain Regard section in 2013 while Mendoza’s film made Jose the first Southeast Asian recipient of the Best Actress award from the prestigious annual film festival in Cannes, France in 2016.

Check the full list of the Academy Class of 2017 members here.

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Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Ma’ Rosa’ receives multiple Gawad Urian 2017 nominations

Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Ma’ Rosa’ receives multiple Gawad Urian 2017 nominations

The 2017 Gawad Urian nominees have been announced. Among the films with multiple nominations is “Ma’ Rosa” by Brillante Mendoza.

“Ma’ Rosa” was filmed in Mandaluyong City in 2015. It made its debut at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and was the Philippines’ entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.

One of the major 2017 Gawad Urian nominations received by “Ma’ Rosa” is Best Film. Its fellow nominees in the category are “Ang Babaeng Humayo” by Lav Diaz, “Baboy Halas” by Bagane Fiola, “Paglipay” by Zig Dulay, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” by Eduardo Roy Jr. and “Women of the Weeping River” by Sheron Dayoc.

Mendoza is nominated for Best Director along with Diaz, Fiola, Dulay, Roy and Dayoc. They have three other competitors in the category namely “Saving Sally” director Avid Liongoren, “Ned’s Project” director Lem Lorca and “Pauwi Na” director Paolo Villaluna.

“Ma’ Rosa” actress Jaclyn Jose is nominated for Best Actress along with “Hinulid” actress Nora Aunor, “Ned’s Project” actress Angeli Bayani, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” actress Hasmine Killip, “Ang Babaeng Humayo” actress Charo Santos-Concio, “Pauwi Na” actress Cherry Pie Picache, “Oro” actress Irma Adlawan, “Women of the Weeping River” actress Laila Ulao, “Mrs.” actress Elizabeth Oropesa and “Area” actress Ai-Ai delas Alas. In 2016, Jose won the award for the same category at Cannes Film Festival.

Jose’s “Ma’ Rosa” co-actor Julio Diaz is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. He has six competitors namely Santos-Concio’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo” co-actors John Lloyd Cruz and Noni Buencamino, Aunor’s “Hinulid” co-actor Jess Mendoza, Ulao’s “Weeping of the Weeping River” co-actor Taha Daranda and “Die Beautiful” actor Christian Bables.

Vying for Best Actor are Bables’ “Die Beautiful” co-actor Paolo Ballesteros, Killip’s “Pamilya Ordinaryo” co-actor Ronwaldo Martin and Picache’s “Pauwi Na” co-actor Bembol Roco. Their fellow nominees are “Paglipay” actor Garry Cabalic, “Dagsin” actor Tommy Abuel, “Singing in Graveyards” actor Pepe Smith and “2 Cool 2 B 4gotten” actor Khalil Ramos.

For Best Supporting Actress, Cabalic’s “Paglipay” co-actors Anna Luna and Joan Dela Cruz will compete against Abuel’s “Dagsin” co-actor Janine Gutierrez, Bayani’s “Ned’s Project” co-actor Lui Quiambao Manansala, Oropesa’s  “Mrs.” co-actor Lotlot De Leon and Ulao and Daranda’s “Weeping of the Weeping River” co-actor Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-dans. “Seklusyon” actress Rhed Bustamante and “Tuos” actress Barbie Forteza and are also nominated for the category.

For Best Screenplay, “Ma’ Rosa” writer Troy Espiritu will go against the directors of “Ang Babaeng Umayo,” “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” “Paglipay,” “Women of the Weeping River,” “Pauwi Na” and “Ned’s Project,” who wrote the screenplays of their respective films. Also nominated for the category are “Patay na si Hesus” writer Fatrick Tabada and “Ned’s Project” writer John Paul Bedia while Villaluna shares his nomination with his “Pauwi Na” co-writer Ellen Ramos.

The Natatanging Gawad Urian 2017 will be given to Vilma Santos during the awards ceremony on July 20 at ABS-CBN Studio 10 in Quezon City. Here are the other nominees:

 

Best Cinematography

  • Odyssey Flores for “Ma’ Rosa”
  • Lav Diaz for “Ang Babaeng Humayo”
  • Albert Banzon for “Paglipay”
  • Albert Banzon for “Pamilya Ordinaryo”
  • Rommel Sales for “Women of the Weeping River”
  • Raphael Meting and Mark Limbaga for “Baboy Halas”
  • Mycko David for “Tuos”

 

Best Production Design

  • Dante Mendoza for “Ma’ Rosa”
  • Harley Alcasid for “Women of the Weeping River”
  • Harley Alcasid for “Pamilya Ordinaryo”
  • Ryan Cuatrona and Celine Belino for “Hinulid”
  • John Paul Sapitula for “Ned’s Project”
  • Aped Santos for “Paglipay”
  • Angel Diesta for “Ned’s Project”
  • Joel Geolamen for “Baboy Halas”
  • Erik Manalo and Rommel Laquian for “Saving Sally”

 

Best Editing

  • Diego Marx Dobles for “Ma’ Rosa”
  • Lav Diaz for “Ang Babaeng Humayo”
  • Carlo Francisco Manatad for “Women of the Weeping River”
  • Carlo Francisco Manatad for “Pamilya Ordinaryo”
  • Zig Madamba Dulay for “Paglipay”
  • Ellen Ramo and Paolo Villaluna for “Pauwi Na”
  • Benjamin Gonzales Tolentino for “Die Beautiful”

 

Best Sound

  • Albert Michael Idioma for “Ma’ Rosa”
  • Albert Michael Idioma and Immanuel Verona for “Women of the Weeping Rviver”
  • Albert Michael Idioma and Emmanuel Verona for “Pamilya Ordinaryo”
  • Corinne De San Jose, Mark Locsin and Che Villanueva for “Ang Babaeng Humayo”
  • Mark Laccay for “Hinulid”
  • Andrew Milallos for “Paglipay”
  • Willie Apa, Jr. and Charlie Daclan for “Baboy Halas”

 

Best Music

  • Pike Ramirez, Paolo Villaluna and Veena Ramirez for “Pauwi Na”
  • Gian Gianan for “Paglipay”
  • Kit Mendoza for “Women of the Weeping River”
  • Jema Pamintuan for “Tuos”
  • Pablo Pico for “Saving Sally”

 

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BRILLANTE MENDOZA PRESENTS: ANAK

BRILLANTE MENDOZA PRESENTS: ANAK

Shot during the Obando Fertility Rites

Director: Brillante Ma Mendoza
Scriptwriter: Arianna Martinez
Creative Consultant: Armando “Bing” Lao

Malaking biyaya na maituturing ang mabigyan sila ng anak na ipinagdarasal. Ngunit paano kung maglaro ang tadhana, at ang ngiting abot-langit ay mapalitan ng luhang walang kasing pait?

Abangan ang natatanging pagganap nina Romnick Sarmenta, Harlene Bautista, at Perla Bautista sa Brillante Mendoza Presents: Anak ngayong June 25 pagkatapos ng Lakbai sa TV5!

SYNOPSIS: An old barren couple goes to the Obando Fertility Rites to petition for a child. A few years later, the wife conceives miraculously despite her age, but undergoes a difficult pregnancy which is life threatening to both her and her unborn child. She suffers from hypertension and delivers prematurely, causing a huge risk to her newborn child. After a month of enduring the hardships of caring for a premature baby at the hospital, the couple are finally able to bring home their baby and become a family.

 

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Contemporary Philippine Cinema

Contemporary Philippine Cinema

MoMA presents a survey of Philippine film from around 2000 to the present, a period known as the Third Golden Age of Philippine cinema (following the first golden age, in the 1950s, and the second, from the 1970s to the early 1980s).

The Philippines’ current wave of sustained creativity is unusual in its diversity of genre and style, audacious formal experimentation, and multiplicity of personal, social, and political perspectives. Defying simple description, this dizzying array of distinct cinematic statements makes it an exceptionally unique, vibrant movement.

From Lav Diaz’s minimalist tales rendered at epic lengths or Brillante Mendoza’s gritty realist portrayals of the margins of society, to Raya Martin’s experimentation with storytelling and form, Ditsi Carolino’s stark documentaries following the disenfranchised, and Erik Matti’s riveting thrillers, contemporary Filipino filmmakers push cinematic boundaries and consider subjects as varied as colonial legacy, a decade of martial law, drugs, crime, corruption, fertility, and migrant workers. The exhibition includes 18 films by 13 directors.

Read A New Golden Age: Contemporary Philippine Cinema

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