'ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK' PHL'S BET TO THE OSCARS?
MANILA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 (BULLETIN) By JULIEN MERCED C. MATABUENA -(PHOTO - JM De Guzman, Kai Cortez, Eugene Domingo and Kean Cipriano in 'Ang Babae sa Septic Tank' (Photo courtesy of Star Cinema's Multiply account))
Award-winning independent film “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” has reportedly been selected by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) to represent the country in the 84th Academy Awards selection of nominees under its Best Foreign Film category.
PEP reported on Sept. 16 that they were able to "confirm" this information through an unnamed source in the FAP. More, the source is said to have asserted that most of the members of the special committee tasked to select the Philippine representative seemingly favored the Marlon Rivera-helmed film over the seven other nominees.
A post on the FAP’s official website listed the other films considered for the Oscars as “Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig” (directed by Marilou Diaz Abaya), “Thelma” (Paul Soriano), “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington” (Jade Castro), “Rosario” (Albert Martinez), “Senior Year” (Jerrold Tarog), “Presa” (Adolf Alix, Jr.) and “Dalaw” (Dondon Santos).
The FAP’s special committee is headed by National Artist for Film Director Eddie Romero. Its members are actress-director Gina Alajar; FAP’s new deputy director-general and actor-director Robert Arevalo; Director's Guild of the Philippines, Inc.’s Jose N. Carreon; director and Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association President William Mayo; Production Designers Guild of the Philippines President Manny Morfe; United Film Editors Guild of the Philippines President Jess Navarro; and director Elwood Perez.
“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” star Eugene Domingo thought the news was “crazy.”
“Marlon Rivera called me up and told me about the Oscar news and I laughed so hard because I thought it's crazy!” Domingo was quoted as saying in an online interview by PEP.
"We were also ecstatic until we all realized it is a big honor that definitely needs a bigger campaign! We will pray for it,” said she, expressing hope that “’the 'woman in the septic tank' gets to wear a gown and walk on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre! Who knows?”
“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” is a satire of the local independent filmmaking industry. It follows the story of three young filmmakers (played by Kean Cipriano, JM De Guzman and Kai Cortez) as they create what they hope would be an award-winning opus starring Eugene Domingo. It was this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival’s biggest winner under the New Breed Category and took home the Best Actress (Domingo), Best Screenplay (Chris Martinez), Best Director (Rivera), Best Film and the Audience Choice awards.
The official nominees of the 84th Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 24, 2012, while the awards night will be held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 26.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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