MANILA, Philippines-It seems Brillante Mendoza is destined to have a Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry this year after all.
In a report on "TV Patrol" Oct 19, the director's film, "Thy Womb," which has already garnered many honors in various film festivals abroad, is now included in this year's MMFF after "Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang" backed out a few days ago. Recall that "Thy Womb" was submitted to MMFF earlier but it failed to clinch a slot.
The inclusion of "Thy Womb" in the MMFF was based on the official ranking of the scripts submitted to MMFF last June. Just outside the list of finalists then were "Thy Womb," "My Prince Charming" and "Tuhog." Brillante's film became a shoo-in when the MMFF learned that the other two films won't be finished by December when the festival starts.
Mendoza and Aunor are said to be happy over finally making it to MMFF. Aside from "Thy Womb," Nora has another entry this year, "El Presidente."
MMFF is as happy with "Thy Womb's" inclusion in that it is expected to add more prestige to their festival as the film had already won nods from those abroad where it continues to make the rounds.
Completing the MMFF Magic 8 this year are "The Strangers," "Sisteraka," "One More Try," "Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote, and Me," "Sossy Problems," and "Shake, Rattle & Roll 14."
Meanwhile, MMFF said that they won't return the deposit of the producers of "Basyang." Further, the MMFF stated that "Basyang" producers, Unitel Productions, are liable to pay a fine of P500,000 for the pull out.
"Matagal nang panuntunan po iyan [the penalty]," said MMFF Chairman Francis Tolentino.