Search This Blog

18 September 2013

An Oscar for Filipino Overseas Workers and our Friends from Singapore

Two films about the lives of Filipino overseas workers are vying for nomination for the 2014 Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Category.  Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo” is Singapore’s official entry. The movie is about a Filipino nanny and the Singaporean family for whom she works.  “Ilo Ilo” received the Caméra d'Or ("Golden Camera") award in this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  Caméra d'Or is the Cannes’ award for best first feature film. 


The Finest in Southeast Asian Cinema. Top: Transit / Bottom: Ilo Ilo
Rationale for the Use of Non-Free Media. Click Here

Hannah Espia’s “Transit” is the Philippines’ entry to the Oscars. “Transit” swept the recently concluded Cinemalaya Film Festival bagging Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Irma Adlawan), Best Supporting Actress (Jasmine Curtis-Smith). The film’s cast also received a special award. The film was not even included in the initial shortlisted films released by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) but the film was able to have a limited 7-consecutive day run in commercial theaters before the October 1, 2013 deadline of the American Academy Awards, thus, making “Transit” eligible for selection.

Interestingly, “Transit” and “Ilo Ilo” are Espia’s and Chen’s first feature films respectively, proving that the new hope of Asian cinema rest in the hands of a new breed of directors.

It will be so amazing if both films actually reach the top five slots and be officially nominated. Such nominations will open up a worldwide discussion on the plight of our Filipino compatriots abroad.  The road to the Oscars is long. We just had our first step, and even more wonderful, Singapore is with us. This is quite a different story compared to decades ago when “The Flor Contemplacion Story” negatively affected the relations of Filipinos and Singaporeans. This time, we are on the same side. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

DISCLAIMER
The other contributing writers and members of this publication and our advertisers do not necessarily share the opinions of the writer of the article above. (Hindi nangangahulugan na sang-ayon ang mga ibang manunulat, miyembro ng babasahing ito at aming advertisers sa mga opiniyon ng may akda ng sanaysay na nakasulat sa itaas)

COMMENTS POLICY
Brun Philippines encourages readers to focus solely on the issues when commenting or criticizing. We do not allow foul language and personal attacks on any individuals. You may only comment on a public person’s beliefs and actions. We strictly screen people who will leave comments, and only comments from readers with full names will be posted. Freedom of speech also includes responsibility. We want to weed out the buffoons from the critical and freethinkers. Thanks so much.

(Hinihikayat ng “Teapot” (Tsarera) ang mga mambabasa na tumutok lamang sa mga isyung pinag-uusapan sa pagkomento o pagpuna. Hindi namin pinapayagan ang napakaruming wika at personal na pag-atake sa sinumang indibidwal. Maari lamang punahin ang aksiyon at paniniwala ng isang publikong indibidwal. Istrikto naming sinasala ang mga taong nagkokomento at tanging ang mga komento mula sa mambabasa na ginagamit ang buong pangalan ang aming ipapaskil. Kaakibat din ng kalayaan sa pananalita ang responsibilidad. Gusto naming alisin ang mga luko-luko mula sa kritikal at malayang mag-isip. Maraming salamat po.)

Follow by Email

NEVER AGAIN!

NEVER AGAIN!
Brun Philippines joins the nation in remembering the evils of Martial Law and the fight to bring to justice those who are responsible for the human rights violations and other atrocities committed

WHO DID OUR READERS CHOOSE?

WHO DID OUR READERS CHOOSE?
Click banner above to see full list of winners