Mendoza Wins Special Award at 69th Venice Film Festival

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Mendoza Wins Special Award at 69th Venice Film Festival


MANILA, Philippines - Following Nora Aunor's independent film critics' recognition as Best Actress for her portrayal in "Thy Womb" (Filipino title: "Sinapupunan"), the film's director Brillante Mendoza was proclaimed winner of the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award, conferred by the Rivista del Cinematografo ("Premio della Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo e della Rivista del Cinematografo") at the 69th Venice International Film Festival which ended last Saturday.

Rivista del Cinematografo or Journal of Cinema is composed of Italian film critics, who give recognition to the festival's participating film director/s who are "particularly relevant for the affirmation of human values." Rappler reported that "Thy Womb" was given the collateral award for being "the best film in terms of portraying aesthetic and human values."

"Thy Womb," which tells a story of a Badjao midwife (Aunor) coping with her own infertility, is the Philippine entry to this year's Venice festival and was one of the 18 films that competed for the Golden Lion, considered as the festival's highest prize.

South Korea's "Pieta" by Kim Ki-duk won the Golden Lion for best picture, as announced on the festival's awarding night, Sept. 8 (Sept. 9 local time).

Big winners also included Paul Thomas Anderson for his film loosely based on Scientology "The Master." It earned him a Silver Lion for best director. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix shared best actor award for the same film. Israel's Hadas Yaron won best actress for the film "Fill the Void" by director Rama Burshtein. …

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