November 23, 2012 10:01pm
Philippine cinema’s iconic actress Nora Aunor and internationally-acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza bagged coveted awards at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Friday night in Brisbane, Australia.
The APSA presented Aunor with the Best Actress award, while Mendoza was cited as the Best Director for the film “Sinapupunan” (Thy Womb).
In a statement on its website, APSA said Aunor bested four nominees in the Best Performance by an Actress category. They were South Korea’s Cho Min-Soo for “Pieta”, Russia’s Darya Ekamasova for “Zila bila odna baba” (“Once Upon a Time There Lived a Simple Woman”), Pakistan’s Humaima Malick for “Bol” and India’s Vidya Balan for “The Dirty Picture.”
Brillante won over India’s Anurag Kashyap (“Gangs of Wasseypur”), China’s Cheng Er (“Lethal Hostage”), Iran’s Khosro Masoumi (“Bear”), and Turkey’s Reis Çelik (“Night of Silence”).
“Sinapupunan” is a story of unconditional love of a Bajau midwife coping with the irony of her own infertility amid the deprivations of her gypsy community in Tawi-Tawi.
Last September, the film won three awards at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, namely Bisato D’Oro, La Navicella or Venezia Cinema prize and the P. Nazareno Taddei Award Special Mention.
About 264 films –from India, Indonesia, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Israel, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, and for the first time, Iraq – joined the APSA competition.
Over 700 guests and filmmakers from across the region attended the awards night, the APSA said.
On its website, APSA states that it was established to “recognize and promote the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the vast Asia Pacific region.”
“Sinapupunan” will be one of the eight official entries in next month’s Metro Manila Film Festival lead-organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority.