Since her triumphant return to acting in 2011 starting with the late Mario O’ Hara’s acclaimed teleserye for TV5, “Sa Ngalan ng Ina”, Superstar Nora Aunor has continued to make her presence felt on television and in films not only in the country but also in the rest of the world.
In 2013, the 60-year-old veteran actress won two more international Best Actress awards for her stunning performance of a Badjao midwife in Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb”, winning the honor at the 7th Asian Film Awards and most recently at the 3rd Sakhalin International Film Festival in Russia.
With the two wins, Nora now has a total of four international recognitions for “Thy Womb” following her earlier wins at the 69th Venice International Film Festival and the 6th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
She also won rave reviews for her performance in Mes de Guzman’s CineFilipino entry “Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti”.
Building on her momentum from these two films, Ate Guy will soon be back on the big screen with two new projects that are expected to add more accolades to her already impressive awards tally.
One of these projects is “Dementia”, the directorial debut of former TV5 head of creative and entertainment Perci M. Intalan. The suspense thriller also co-stars TV5 primetime princess Jasmine Curtis-Smith who is no stranger to the horror genre after following up her Cinemalaya New Breed Best Supporting Actress plum for “Transit” with another acclaimed performance in Mike Alcazaren’s “Puti” last year.
Intalan, through his new production outfit The IdeaFirst Company, has released a “sizzle reel” for the film:
Ate Guy’s other upcoming project is “Padre de Familia”, a family drama directed by the prolific Adolfo Alix, Jr. from a screenplay written by Jerry Gracio with Ralston Jover and Nikki Bunquin. Playing her son in the film is prized actor Coco Martin, who is also co-producing the project.
Also in the cast are an equally impressive mix of young and veteran actors, including Rosanna Roces, Joel Torre, Baron Geisler, Joem Bascon, Julia Montes, Miles Ocampo and Ms. Anita Linda.
It was earlier reported that Nora and Coco might star together in a film directed by Brillante Mendoza who’ve had great success working with the two. Mendoza, who will be officially conferred with the Chevalier (Knight) in the French Order of Arts and Letters this Thursday at the French residence in Makati City, has yet to announce any new project with the actress.
Both “Dementia” and “Padre de Familia” are slated for release later this year.
Also looming on the horizon for Ate Guy this year is a cameo appearance on “A Barber’s Tales”, the latest film of “Dementia” writer Jun Robles Lana that won the Best Actress honors for lead star Eugene Domingo in the Tokyo International Film Festival last October.
On TV, her much-awaited reunion project with Tirso Cruz III, will finally air on TV5 this year. Directed by Joel Lamangan, the telesine “When I Fall in Love” is included in the Kapatid network’s line-up of new shows.
Likewise, Ate Guy will also headline TV5′s new musical drama teleserye, “Trenderas” set to premiere this coming March.
Even as she remains visible with more film and TV projects this year, Nora Aunor continues to enjoy the support of her ever loyal Noranians, who continue to push for what they believe is her long overdue recognition as National Artist for Film.
A similar campaign, however, is also being waged by supporters of her longtime rival, Batangas governor and Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos.