Brillante Mendoza wins critics award in Venice
MANILA, Philippines - Filipino director Brillante Mendoza won the 'La Navicella Venezia Cinema' at the Venice film festival for his movie "Sinapupunan" ("Thy Womb") on Saturday, September 8.
The award is a collateral prize given by the Rivisita del Cinematografo, composed of Italian cinema critics, Mendoza's aide HF Yambao told Rappler in a text message.
Yambao said "Thy Womb" was chosen "as the best film in terms of portraying aesthetic and human values."
"Thy Womb" was one of the 18 films competing for the prestigious Golden Lion award in Venice.
The movie, shot in Tawi-Tawi and starring Nora Aunor and Lovi Poe, tells the story of a wife who cannot conceive and sets out with her husband to find a second wife who can give him a child.
Aunor is also set to recieve on Saturday the Bisato d'Oro award from the Jury of Independent Film Critics for her "stirring performance" in "Thy Womb."
This prize is not an official Venezia69 honor. - Rappler.com