Thy Womb, a film directed by Brillante Mendoza, took over the slot vacated by Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang for the 2012 Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines).
Thy Womb (Sinapupunan) was shown as official Philippine entry in the recent 69th Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
At Toronto, another Philippine film, Bwakaw by Jun Lana, also participated. Bwakaw was chosen by a Film Academy of the Philippines special committee headed by National Artist Director Eddie Romero as the country’s official entry to the next Oscar awards’ best foreign language film category.
The producers of the eight film entries participated in the drawing of lots for the cinema blocking during the festival last Tuesday, October 30, supervised by Mr. Jesse Ejercito of the MMFFP executive committee.
The final film entries for this December’s filmfest are as follows:
Conyo Problems (comedy) of GMA Network Films, Inc.—starring Aljur Abrenica, Solenn Heusaff, Isabelle Diaz, Bianca King, Maxene Magalona, Mikael Daez and Benjamin Alves and directed by Andoy Ranay
El Presidente (historical) of Scenema Concept International Inc.—starring Gov. Jeorge ‘E.R.’ Ejercito and Christine Reyes and directed by Mark Meily
One More Try (romance-drama) of ABS-CBN Productions Inc and Viva Films—starring Dingdong Dantes, Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo and directed by Ruel Bayani
Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 (horror) of Regal Entertainment Inc.—starring Vhong Navarro, Dennis Trillo, Paulo Avelino, Herbert Bautista, Carla Abellana, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heusaff, Janice de Belen, Dennis Padilla and Iza Calzado and directed by Chito Rono
Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote and Me (comedy, fantasy, action) of OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions, Imus Productions, APT Entertainment and GMA films—starring Vic Sotto, Judy Ann Santos and Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. and directed by Tony Reyes
Sisteraka (comedy) of ABS-CBN Productions Inc. and Viva Films—starring Vice Ganda and Kris Aquino and directed by Wenn Deramas
The Strangers (horror suspense) of Quantum Films—starring Enrique Montes, Enchong Dee and Julianne Montes and directed by Lawrence Fajardo
Thy Womb (drama) of Center Stage Productions and the Film Development Council of the Philippines—starring Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral and directed by Brillante Mendoza.
The film that backed out was Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang, a family adventure comedy submitted by Unitel Productions, Inc./TV5. The film feature two episodes: Pedrong Walang Takot, starring Richard Gomez, Iza Calzado, Rufa Mae Quinto and Paolo Contis and directed by Mark Meily; and Mariang Alimango, starring Sam Concepcion, Empress Shuck and Zsa Zsa Padilla and directed by Chris Martinez
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