A Special Committee of the Film Academy of the Philippines, headed by National Artist for Film Eddie Romero, has selected Noy as the country’s entry to the Best Foreign Language Film of next year’s Oscar Awards.
Noy won over four other films which were included in a short list of films rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Film Development Council of the Philippines and among those shown during the Oscar-prescribed period October 2009 to September 2010. It was shown last June 2 and was produced by Cinemedia Films Productions, Inc. and released by Star Cinema.
Last year, the RP entry was Ded na si Lolo, one of six films produced by APT Entertainment for its Sine Direk series. It was written and directed by Soxie Topacio.
The short list of CEB Rated A films also included Legalas Entertainment’s Sagrada Familia of Director Joel Lamangan (shown on Dec. 2, 2009); ATD Entertainment Productions’ Dukot of Director Joel Lamangan (shown on Jan. 20, 2010); Star Cinema’s Sa ‘Yo Lamang of Director Laurice Guillen (shown on Sept. 1, 2010); and Cinemalaya’s Two Funerals of Director Gil Portes (shown on Sept. 8, 2010).
Five of the six members of the committee screened the five films from Monday to Wednesday (September 20-22) and rendered the decision on the final day of viewing. The sixth member abstained from voting as he was in the cast of three films screened.
Noy is directed by Dondon Santos and Rodel Nacianceno and stars Coco Martin, Erich Gonzales, Joem Bascon, Baron Geisler, Vice Ganda, Cherry Pie Picache, Pen Medina, Cheska Billones and Jhong Hilario.
The screenplay is credited to Shugo Praico who shares story credits with Rondel Lindayag, Rodel Nacianceno and Francis Xavier Pasion.
The production staff includes: Tim Jimenez (cinematography); Glen Herbert Adriano (production design); Robert Jose (art direction); Renewin B. Alano (editing); Ross Diaz (sound); and Carmina Cuya (music).
An entry on the plot of Noy in the Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia states:
“Forced to find a job as his family’s breadwinner, Noy poses as a journalist commissioned to come up with a documentary by following the campaign trail of his namesake and top presidential bet, Sen. Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino, for the 2010 Philippine national elections.
The film, infused with actual documentary footages inter-cutting with dramatic scenes, deals with themes of poverty, survival and hope for the Filipino family.”
Up to the Sept. 8 playdate, a total of 58 local films were exhibited commercially. Thirty-two of these films were digital films.
Since 1995, a FAP committee had been selecting the country’s annual entry to the foreign language film category. These films were as follows:
1995—Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin (Reyna Films) directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna
1996—Segurista directed by Tikoy Aguiluz
1997—Milagros (Merdeka Films) directed by Gil Portes
1998—Sa Pusod ng Dagat (GMA Films) directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
1999—Saranggola (GMA Films/Teamwork Productions) directed by Gil Portes
2000—Anak (Star Cinema) directed by Rory B. Quintos
2001—Gatas…Sa Dibdib ng Kaaway (Crown Seven Ventures) directed by Gil Portes
2002—Mga Munting Tinig (Teamwork Films) directed by Gil Portes
2003—Dekada ’70 (Star Cinema) directed by Chito Rono
2004—Crying Ladies (Unitel Productions) directed by Mark Meily
2006—Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (U.F.O. Films) directed by Aureaus Solito
2007—Donsol (Bicycle Productions) directed by Adolf Alix
2008—Ploning (Panoramanila) directed by Dante Nico Garcia
2009—Ded na si Lolo (APT Entertainment) directed by Soxie Topacio.
Before 1995, seven Filipino films were also submitted to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Oscar. These were Genghis Khan (directed by Manuel Conde and Lou Salvador Sr.) 1953; Anak Dalita (drected by Lamberto Avellana) 1956; The Moises Padilla Story (directed by Gerardo de Leon) 1961; Dahil sa Isang Bulaklak (directed by Luis Nepomuceno) 1967; Ganito Kami Noon…Paano Kayo Ngayon (directed by Eddie Romero) 1976; Karnal (directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya) 1984; and Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim (directed by Lino Brocka) 1985.
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