By: ELY VALENDEZ
THIRTY YEARS after it first premiered, Pinoys has the second chance to watch the critically-acclaimed film, “Himala” directed the late Ishmael Bernal, starring the Superstar Nora Aunor as the restored version of the film will have a limited run in select cinemas nationwide starting December 5.
Written by multi-award winner screenwriter Ricky Lee with Sergio Lobo as the Director of Photography,“Himala” is based on a true incident on a teenage girl in Cabra Island in the province of Occidental Mindoro between 1966 and 1967.Himala is the first of the 3000+ films to be restored by the ABS-CBN Film Archive and Central Digital Lab, Inc. The restored version premiered at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.
“Himala was filmed entirely in the province of Ilocos Norte in just three weeks with a budget of only ₱3 million. The film premiered at the 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival, and in 1983, became the first Filipino film to be included in the “Competition Section” of the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. Since then, Himala has been exhibited in a number of film festivals around the world,” according to Abs-cbn.
On November 11, 2008, Himala won the Viewer’s Choice Award for the Best Film of all Time from the Asia-Pacific Region in the 2008 CNN Asia Pacific Screen Awards beating out nine other outstanding movies (voted by thousands of film fans around the world). The ten finalists were chosen by critics, industry insiders and actors—including Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai.