Who needs the Metro Manila Film Festival, anyway?
Certainly not Brillante Mendoza, who can forget that the MMFF screening committee snubbed his latest film “Thy Womb”. Certainly not Nora Aunor, who stars as a Badjao midwife in the movie.
“Thy Womb” has just been invited to compete in the Venice International Film Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious filmfests.
This was announced on Thursday by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, a co-producer of “Thy Womb”.
The film will be declared as one of the entries in the Venice festival’s Main Competition Section in an official press conference in Rome on Thursday. The festival will run from August 29 to September 8.
Touted as Aunor’s comeback film, “Thy Womb” tells the story of a Badjao midwife who not only copes with the irony of her own infertility but also the challenges facing her impoverished community of sea gypsies in Tawi-Tawi.
Aunor will be twice honored in Venice. “Himala”, her classic 1982 film directed by Ishmael Bernal, will also be screened in a special section dedicated to restored masterpieces, which will include “Heaven’s Gate” and “Sunset Boulevard”.