MANILA, Philippines – It was the upset of the night!
A 13-year old newcomer beat Superstar Nora Aunor for the Best Actress prize at the CineFilipino Film Festival awards night held at the Genting Club of Resorts World Manila, Sunday night, Sept 22.
Teri Malvar won for her performance as a young lesbian in Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita.”
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The film is another distinct voice to what this year has become the LGBT milieu – a frank, open atmosphere in the local arts and cinema, 30 years after Danny Zialcita‘s landmark, lesbian-themed film, “T-Bird at Ako,” starring Aunor and Vilma Santos.
Angel Aquino, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as the object of Teri Malvar’s puppy-love affection, has another film this year along the same themes – “Astray,” in which she co-stars with the widely praised indie actress Althea Vega.
Angel had also played a transgender in Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Porno,” which competed in the 2013 Cinemalaya Film Festival.
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Teri bested her biggest rival, none other than the multiawarded La Aunor, whose performance as a faith healer who finds a bag full of money was widely anticipated to be the big win in that event celebrating independent cinema.
The Best Actor trophy went to Karl Medina for his performance in “The Guerrilla Is a Poet,” Sari and Kiri Dalena’s film inspired by Communist Party of the Philippines leader Jose Maria Sison.
Karl is the son of renowned actor Pen Medina and brother of indie actors Ping, Victor, and Alex Medina.
As with Malvar, this is Medina’s first movie and his first acting award.
Theater actor Bong Cabrera was named Best Supporting Actor for “Guerrilla.”
Best Ensemble went to “Cha-Cha.” The technical awards were divided among the entries “Guerrilla” and Mike Alcazaren’s “Puti.”
Best Director went to Mes de Guzman for “Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti,” and the Best Film was a tie between “Kuwento” and “Cha-Cha.”
The jurors were Jose Javier Reyes, Chris Martinez, Cherry Pie Picache, TV5 president Noel Lorenzana, and international critics Roger Garcia, Stephen Cremin, and Max Tessier.
The CineFilipino Film Festival will run until Sept 24 at the Newport Cinemas of Resorts World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, and Gateway Cineplex.
MediaQuest, TV5, PLDT-Smart Foundation, and Unitel are the festival’s organizers.
Here are the other winners:
Best Screenplay: Mes de Guzman, “Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti”
Best Sound: Mark Laccay, “Puti”
Best Musical Score: Raffy Magsaysay, “The Guerrilla Is a Poet”
Best Film Editing: Keith Sicat, “The Guerrilla Is a Poet”
Best Production Design: Rious Caliso, “Puti”
Best Cinematography: Roberto Yniguez, “Puti”
Best Short Film: “Ligaw”
2nd Short Film: “Logaritmo”
3rd Short Film: “Sangandaan”
Here’s the trailer of ‘Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita’:
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