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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

THE 2008 METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL: "BALER" BEST PICTURE; CHRISTOPHER DE LEON & ANNE CURTIS, TOP AWARDEES (RE-POSTED)

‘Baler’ wins big in 2008 MMFF awards

MANILA, Philippines— A period film that depicts the last stand of Spanish forces amid the fall of colonization by the end of the 19th century bagged the most number of creative, acting and technical awards in the Metro Manila Film Festival awards night on Saturday.
Viva Films’ "Baler," which aims to retell a contentious event of the Philippine revolution that happened in the church of San Luis de Tolosa in Baler, Aurora from July 1998 to June 1899, won ten awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Anne Curtis, Best Director for Mark Meily, Best Screenplay for Roy Iglesias, Best Supporting Actor for Phillip Salvador, Best Cinematography for Lee Meily, Best Production Design for Aped Santos, Best Editing for Danny Anonuevo, the Gender-Sensitive Award and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award.
Curtis won her first-ever acting award for her portrayal of Baler lass Feliza Reyes in love with a Spanish-Filipino trooper Celso Resurreccion (Jericho Rosales) in the historic siege.
"The fact that I was up against veteran actresses, who have won numerous awards in the past, made this trophy even more meaningful," Curtis said. She competed with veteran actresses Ai-Ai delas Alas ("Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat"), Maricel Laxa, Dawn Zulueta (both for "Magkaibigan"), among others, for the Best Actress title. "This is also for Echo (Rosales' nickname), who also worked really hard for this film. He's one of the best actors I know," Anne told the Philippine Daily Inquirer shortly after the awards ceremony held at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.
Meily earned his second MMFF Best Director award after winning the same plum for “Crying Ladies” in 2003. His wife Lee also took home her first MMFF award. Christopher de Leon, meanwhile, received his eighth festival Best Actor award, the most by any artist in its 34-year history, for a role inspired by the late Rudy Fernandez in the Maverick Films drama “Magkaibigan” opposite last year’s awardee Jinggoy Estrada.
Comedian-TV host Manilyn Reynes pulled a surprise when she was named Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as a lesbian talent coordinator in Canary Films’ sex comedy “One Night Only,” which also won Best Original Story for its director Jose Javier Reyes. "She's a last minute replacement," said Reyes, who accepted the award in Manilyn's behalf. "I did not regret asking her to be a part of this film."
Newcomer Robert Villar, better known in the fantasy series “Dyesebel” as the mermaid’s trusted child friend “Buboy,” won Best Child Performer in Regal Films’ horror franchise “Shake, Rattle and Roll X.” Regal’s other festival entry, “Desperadas 2,” on the other hand, also won one award—Best Make-Up for Noli Villalobos.
The entry with the second most number of awards was the festival’s first-ever animated film, “Dayo Sa Mundo ng Elementalia,” which won four awards—Best Visual Effects (Robert Quilao), Best Musical Score (Jessie Lasaten), Best Theme Song (“Lipad” written by Jessie Lasaten and Artemio Abad Jr. and performed by Lea Salonga), and Best Sound (Albert Idioma and Wally Dellosa).
This year’s box office top grossers, Star Cinema’s “Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat” and the OctoArts Films-M-Zet Productions-APT Entertainment collaboration “Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After” won second and third festival Best Picture awards respectively.
The 34th Metro Manila Film Festival runs from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7.


By Marinel Cruz/ Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Baler" (2008)- Stars Anne Curtis, Jericho Rosales and Phillip Salvador, Andrew Schimmer, Baron Geisler, Ryan Eigenmann, Carlo Aquino, Nikki Bacolod, Mark Bautista/ Directed by Mark Meily


"Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat" (2008)- Stars Ai-Ai delas Alas, Shaina Magdayao, Carlo Aquino, Alwyn Uytingco and Eugene Domingo/ Directed by Wenn Deramas


"Iskul Bukol: 20 YearsAfter" (2008)- Stars Tito, Vic and Joey, Gian Sotto, Oyo Boy Sotto, Keempee de Leon, Jose Manalo, Carlene Aguilar, Bianca King, Jimmy Santos, Benjie Paras/ Directed by Tony Reyes



Shake, Rattle & Roll X (2008)/ Three Episodes/ Directed by Topel Lee and Mike Tuviera
Episode 1: “Emergency”- Cast- Roxanne Guinoo, J.C. de Vera, Mylene Dizon, Wendell Ramos, John Lapus, Janus del Prado
Episode 2: “Class Picture”- Cast- Kim Chiu, Gerard Anderson, Jean Garcia, I.C. Mendoza, Erich Gonzales
Episode 3: “Nieves: The Engkanto Slayer” – Cast- Marian Rivera, Diana Zubiri, Jennica Garcia, Mart Escudero, Luis Alandy, Desiree Del Valle, Iwa Moto


Left- "Desperadas 2" (2008)- Stars Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado, Marian Rivera and Ogie Alcasid/ with Wendell ramos, Jay R, TJ Trinidad, Will DeVaughn, Christian Vasquez/ Directed by Joel Lamangan


Right- "Magkaibigan" (2008)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Jinggoy Estrada, Maricel Laxa and Ms. Dawn Zulueta/ Directed by Jose Javier Reyes


Left- "One Night Only" (2008)- Stars Diana Zubiri, Jennylyn Mercado, Katrina Halili, Valerie Concepcion and Alessandra de Rossi/ with Ricky Davao, Paolo Contis, Jon Avila, Joross Gamboa and Manilyn Reynes/ Directed by JJose Javier Reyes


"Dayo:Sa Daigdig ng Elementalia" (2008)- Featuring the voices of Nash Aguas, Katrina Legaspi, Michael V., Pokwang, Nova Villa, Noel Trinidad, Johnny Delgado, Peque Gallaga, Laurice Guillen/ Directed by Robert Quilao

Metro Manila Film Festival Awards 2008
Best Picture: Baler
2nd Best Picture:
Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat
3rd Best Picture:
Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After
Best Director:
Mark Meily (Baler)
Best Actor:
Christopher de Leon (Magkaibigan)
Best Actress:
Anne Curtis (Baler)
Best Supporting Actor:
Phillip Salvador (Baler)
Best Supporting Actress:
Manilyn Reynes (One Night Only)
Best Screenplay: Roy Iglesias
(Baler)
Best Original Story:
Jose Javier Reyes (One Night Only)
Best Cinematography:
Lee Meily (Baler)
Best Editor:
Danny Anonuevo (Baler)
Best Musical Score:
Jessie Lasaten (Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Movie Theme Song:
"Lipad," by Jessie Lasaten and Artemio Abad Jr.; performed by Lea Salonga (Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Production Design:
Aped Santos (Baler)
Best Visual Effects:
Robert Quilao (Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Sound Recording:
Albert Idioma and Wally Dellosa (Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Makeup:
Noli Villalobos (Desperadas 2)
Best Child Performer:
Robert Villar (Shake, Rattle & Roll X)
Gender Sensitive Award (for promoting equality of men and women through film):
Baler
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award:
Baler

Here are the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2008 Box Office Gross as of January 2, 2009.
1. Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat – 102.5M
2. Iskul Bukol… 20 Years After – 72.6M
3. Shake Rattle and Roll X – 45.7M
4. Desperadas 2 – 27.3M
5. Baler – 24.5M
6. One Night Only – 5.7M
7. Dayo – 4.1M
8. Magkaibigan – 1.6M

Source: National Cinema Association of the Philippines

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Simon,

Napanood ko yung BALER, the first day. What can I say ? okay siya, maganda, but the movie score was rather distracting. Over-scored just like the rest of Pinoy movies. I have yet to see a movie na local na very restrained ang soundtrack....


Auggie

Video 48 said...

Napanood ko rin kanina, Auggie. Overall, okay ang movie. Congratulations to Direk Meily, Ms Anne Curtis and Phillip Salvador and to all people behind "Baler."

TheCoolCanadian said...

I will buy BALER when it comes out to DVD then. Thanks for the tip, guys.

Powerful-looking ad, isn't it?

Who is the graphic artist?

Actually, historical events in RP are just waiting to be tapped for the movies. Many of them are actually riveting, story-wise.

Anonymous said...

JM,

Maraming pang historical epics dito na pwedeng gawing sine. For example, yung Galleon Trade between Manila & Acapulco, and the Astillerias of Donsol, Pilar, and Magallanes ,Sorsogon. Pwede ring i-frame sa love story gaya ng BALER, starring din with the hot young stars of today, para makahatak ng mass audience, pero backed-up with veterans, like Leo Martinez, Jimmy Fabregas,etal....


Auggie

PS Happy New Year diyan sa iyo sa VANCOUVER !

Rodolfo Samonte said...

Simon, JM, Auggie,
Yes, I wanna see Baler too. Totoo, so many historical events can be made into interesting movies. I saw The Great Raid with James Franco, thought it was interesting especially the way they showed the old Manila, tranvias and all. I actually saw those tracks, which are still buried under the streets of Manila. Lumalabas pa ba si Leo Martinez? Dati ko siyang kaopisina. We were all together with Peque Gallaga, Butch Perez, Noel Trinidad at Ace-Compton (now Ace-Satchi). Lahat sila na-involve sa Philippine Cinema.
Happy New Year sa inyong lahat.
Rod

Video 48 said...

Rod, Leo Martinez is in 'Baler.' He played an important role in the movie. He also have a regular TV program at GMA-7. Happy New Year!

James DR said...

I saw BALER last January 2 and I can say maganda ang pelikula. Magaling sina Jerico Rosales, Ann Curtis and Philip Salvador.

Napansin ko lang duon sa bandang huling mga eksena na nung barilin ni Jao Mapa si Jerico ay nakatali yung mga kamay niya sa likuran niya, pero nung makita siya ni Ann Curtis sa loob ng simbahan ay nasa harapan na nakatali yung kamay niya na duguan.

Video 48 said...

Talas ng mata mo, James. Di ko napansin yun. Madalas nanyayari ang mga ganitong eksena, di lang natin napupuna.

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