Director hopes 'Thy Womb' win will draw curios moviegoers

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Friday, December 28, 2012

CANNES Best Director Brillante Mendoza said he hopes that the awards received by his Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry, "Thy Womb," will generate curiosity among the Filipino audience.

Top billed by Superstar Nora Aunor with Mercedes Cabral, Lovi Poe and Bembol Roco, the movie received six trophies at the 2012 MMFF Awards Night last Thursday.

Aunor bagged the Best Actress trophy, Mendoza emerged as the winner in the Best Director category, while the film took home Best Production Design, Best Original Story, Best Cinematography, Most Gender Sensitive Award and the Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award.


"I like to think positively. I hope na sana maging daan ito para panoorin din ng ibang kababayan natin. Kahit curiosity man lang kung bakit at paano nabigyan ng karangalan," Mendoza told Sun.Star right after the awards night.

The decorated director also spoke on reports that his movie was pulled out from several cinemas because of its low box-office turnout.

"Hindi ko kasi alam na may ganun na ruling na pag hindi mo na-meet yung particular audience, mawawala. The nice thing is kung magkano yung gross dun sa first day namin, ganun parin yung gross namin dun sa succeeding showing even though mas konti yung sinehan."

He said that from more than 40 movie houses, at least 20 theaters decided to halt the showing of the movie. Mendoza said that the report saddens him but he stressed he doesn't expect to top the box-office.

Mendoza is just thankful to MMFF committee for letting "Thy Womb" join the competition and making the movie accessible to the viewing public

"Hindi namin sinasabi na gusto namin na maging number one, two or three. We are here as an alternative cinema. Ang gusto namin na maging parte kami ng festival. Sa amin, enough na yun," he said.

"I hope in future maging daan din ito sa mga future filmmakers and independent productions na makasama sa festival," he added.

Mendoza also congratulated Aunor for winning the Best Actress award. He said Nora deserve such recognition.

"Thy Womb" is the first big screen project of Aunor and Mendoza together. Mendoza said that after filming the movie he now understands why and how Nora maintained her status as an icon of Philippine movies and her moniker "Superstar" through the years.

He said he wishes to work again with the veteran actress and promises bigger things for "Thy Womb" in the following months. The movie is expected for United States and European release soon. (Sunnex)


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