Lola, a film about two grandmothers surviving in Metropolitan Manila directed by Cannes best director winner Brillante Mendoza, swept awards in two film festivals in Spain and Switzerland last weekend.
The film won three major awards in the 11th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival including the best actress award which was shared by Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio. The other awards were for best cinematography (Odyssey Flores) and the grand prize Lady Harmiguada de Oro.
In 2008, Mendoza won the Signis Award for Foster Child in the same film festival. In 2006, the film Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros directed by Auraeus Solito also won three major awards—the grand prize, the audience award and the best actor trophy for Nathan Lopez.
Lola won awards in the 24th Fribourg International Film Festival held on the same day, March 20 (Saturday), in Switzerland.
The International Jury conferred special mention to the film which also received the Ecumenical Jury Award from the Catholic group Action de Careme and the Protestant group Pain pour le Prochain.
Lola was top prize winner in the Dubai and Miami international film festivals.
It is now competing in the Asian Film Awards in Hongkong and is vying in the best picture, best director and best editing categories.
Mendoza is at present a member of the board of directors of the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines Inc. headed by President Tony Reyes and Chairman Mark Meily.
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