Philippine Entry to 2007 Oscars

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Philippine Entry to 2007 Oscars

Postby Ericktubil » Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:06 pm

Hey guys. Last Sept 8 , was the announcement of Philippine entry to the Oscars. The winning film is "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros " . Personally, I would have prefereed the movie "The Bet Collector " .

Here is the news courtesy of Philippine Inquirer


By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Last updated 00:42am (Mla time) 09/08/2006

Published on Page F1 of the September 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) has chosen an indie movie, ufo Pictures Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros ( The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros ) as the Philippine entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 79th Oscar Awards set in February next year in Los Angeles.

The news was confirmed by FAP secretary-general Leo Martinez and National Artist for Film Eddie Romero.

Romeros 1976 film Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon ( How we were then, How are you now? ) was the countrys first entry to the Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which hands out the Oscars, used to work with Romero in the annual selection. He has since turned over the responsibility to the FAP.

Double time

Romero and Martinez said a screening committee was formed to ensure an RP entry. Last year, the FAP came under fire for failing to field one.

Boots Anson-Roa, a member of the FAP Board of Governors, told Inquirer Entertainment that the committee had worked double time to beat the Oscar deadline set on Oct. 2.

The committee, chaired by Romero, consisted of FAP members Pablo S. Gomez, Jose N. Carreon, Johnny Delgado, William Mayo and George Estregan Jr.

Romero confirmed that Maximo had come up against another indie digital film, MLR Films Kubrador.( Bet Collector )

Perhaps what spelled the difference for Maximo was that its a moving, human story, and has won a lot of awards abroad, said Romero.

According to ufo Pictures producer Raymond Lee, Maximo has won 12 international awards and joined 35 international film festivals. Locally, it has won 12 trophies, including top plums in the critics (Urian) and movie press (Star) awards.

Its biggest international awards are from film fests held in Montreal, Singapore and Canary Islands. It received the Best Gay/Lesbian Feature trophy at the Berlin International Film Festival, beating Oscar contenders Capote and Breakfast on Pluto. It also topped the Berlinale Kinderfilmfest.

Sundance sojourn

Moreover, Maximo earned the distinction of being the first homegrown feature to compete in the World Cinema section of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was the opening film in the 35th New Directors/New Films program presented by the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center in New York.

(Kubrador has won awards in the Moscow and Osian Cinefan (India) film fests. It has been invited to 17 film feststhe latest of which is Toronto, where another Filipino film, Centerstages Twilight Dancers, is also participating.)

All the entries will be screened in LA. Last year, a record 58 countries competed for only five slots in the Best Foreign Language Film category that was eventually won by Tsotsi from South Africa.

The Philippines has never made it to the top five.

Tony Gloria, president of Unitel Pictures, the US distributor of Maximo, vowed that his company would pull out all stops to improve the films chances in the Oscar race.


Re: Philippine Entry to 2007 Oscars

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:25 am

Thanks for the news, Ericktubil.

Could you please say a few words about The Bet Collector?

Re: Philippine Entry to 2007 Oscars

Postby A » Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:24 pm

Thanks Ericktubil.
It's good to get some info on how the Phillipines choose their entry for the Academy Awards. Seems similar to some other countries, though.
One thing which would interest me. Do you know if Lav Diaz' "Evolution of a Filipino Family" (2005) was ever considered for an entry, or how it was generally received in the Phillipines?

Re: Philippine Entry to 2007 Oscars

Postby hengcs » Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:28 pm

thnks for the info …

Re: Philippine Entry to 2007 Oscars

Postby Ericktubil » Tue Sep 19, 2006 4:28 am

Kubrador ( Bet Collector )

This movie tells the story of Amy (played by Gina Pareno, who happens to be one of the greatest actresses in the Philippines), a housewife who lives in poverty and who tries to earn additional income by being a bet collector for a very popular but illegal number gambling game in the Philippines called "Jueteng". The story reflects on the country's social problems, the government and police's involvement in protecting the games, and the churches dependence on gambling for financial support .
The movie takes us with Amy on her journeys towards some frustrations , troubles and joys while she goes along collecting bets among her impoverished neighborhood ..

Re: Philippine Entry to 2007 Oscars

Postby arsaib4 » Tue Sep 19, 2006 5:19 am

Sounds fascinating. Please let us know when (or if) the film becomes available on DVD. Thanks again!

Re: Philippine Entry to 2007 Oscars

Postby smurfrevolt » Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:54 am

Interestingly enough, my screenwriting teacher is connected to that film. I think he was the consultant or the teacher of the screenwriter, and he would often show us the storyline as a sample in class. I never got to see the film here, although it was shown in a lot of festivals abroad. Typical of the cinemas here to pull out a film which doesn't earn that much. It's sad how people here would prefer the latest crap from Hollywood than an actual good film like this. oh well.

Re: Philippine Entry to 2007 Oscars

Postby hengcs » Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:11 pm

Hi arsaib4,
maybe you could catch the film in London ...
hiaks hiaks

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