By: HENRY JAMES GO ROCA
Philippine Standard News
The Filipino’s exceptional prowess for filmmaking again manifested itself in the recently held 6th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) at the QPAC Playhouse, Brisbane, Australia. The awards considered as Asia-Pacific’s highest accolade in film honored two icons in Filipino cinema.
Superstar Nora Aunor and Director Brillante Mendoza were top winners in the film awards for the movie “Thy Womb”.
Per APSA’s website, Aunor won the Best Performance by an Actress accolade besting other nominees from India, South Korea, Pakistan and Russia.
Aunor’s character in the film was a barren Badjao midwife. An Achievement in Directing award was won by Brillante.
The other nominees were Vidya Balan from India (The Dirty Picture), Cho Min-Soo from South Korea (Pieta), Humaima Malick (Bol) from Pakistan, and Darya Ekamasova from Russia (Zila bila odna baba).
Both Aunor and Brillante didn’t make it to the awards night last Friday in Brisbane, Australia because they attended the premiere of “Thy Womb” in Davao.
Another Filipino Director Marlon Rivera won the APSA Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Development Award. It was learned that Rivera’s award came with a $5,000 film development price.
On the other hand, Best Screenplay nominee Chris Martinez for the film “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank,” lost to Turkish director Reis Çelik for “Lal Gece.”