Digital Films top Urian nominees

Inquirer Last updated 00:17am (Mla time) 07/06/2006
Published on Page A2-3 of the July 6, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

INDEPENDENT digital filmmakers dominated the list of nominees to the 29th Gawad Urian, handed out by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, pioneering society of film critics.

Competing for Best Picture are “Ala Verde Ala Pobre” (Muchachos Bravos Filmworks), “Big Time” (Arkeofilms), “Blue Moon” (Regal Films), “Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong” (Sampaybakod Productions), “La Visa Loca” (Unitel Films), and “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” (ufo Films).

Save for “Blue Moon,” these nominees are made on digital film—transferred to celluloid for commercial release. Their summaries and other nominations:

“Ala Verde Ala Pobre,” about a slum couple living along Manila’s railroad tracks. Also nominated for Editing, Production Design. The film marks the return of avant-garde artist Briccio Santos, nominated for Best Director; Ana Capri, for Best Actress.

“Big Time,” about small-time criminals. Also nominated for Sound, Editing, Production Design, Screenplay, Direction; Michael de Mesa, for Best Supporting Actor; Jamie Wilson, for Best Actor.
“Blue Moon,” a nostalgic romance across generations. Also nominated for Sound, Music, Editing, Cinematography; Joel Lamangan, for Best Director; Boots Anson Roa and Jennylyn Mercado, for Best Supporting Actress; Dennis Trillo, for Best Actor.

“Kalimugtong,” poignant story of two Benguet orphans who traverse mountains and rivers to get to school everyday. Nominated for all categories, except Best Supporting Actor—Mes de Guzman for Director, Screenplay; Analyn Bangsi-il, for Best Actress; Rhenuel Ordono, for Best Actor; Hallen Sumingwa, for Best Supporting Actress.

“La Visa Loca,” a satire on the American dream. Also nominated for Music, Production Design, Screenplay; Johnny Delgado, for Best Supporting Actor; Robin Padilla, for Best Actor.

“Maximo Oliveros,” arguably the most successful digital feature last year. Also nominated for Music, Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Screenplay, Direction; Soliman Cruz, Ping Medina, for Best Supporting Actor; Nathan Lopez, for Best Actor.

The awards ceremonies, set on Aug. 3, will be broadcast on Channel 9.

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino is chaired by Mike Rapatan of the Department of Communication of De la Salle University. The members are National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chair Nicanor Tiongson, broadcast personality Butch Francisco, Malaya editor and MTRCB member Mario Hernando, UP College of Mass Communication professor Gigi Alfonso, National University of Singapore lecturer Rolando Tolentino, and Inquirer arts and culture editor and UST professor Lito Zulueta.

The other nominees:

Best Screenplay: Mario Cornejo, Monster Jimenez, “Big Time”; Lee Meily, “La Visa Loca”; Michiko Yamamoto, “Maximo”; Shugo Praico, “Sa Aking Pagkagising Mula sa Kamulatan.”

Best Actor: Carlo Aquino, “Kamulatan”; Ricky Davao, “Pusang Gala”; Yul Servo, “Ilusyon.”

Best Actress: Irma Adlawan, “Sa North Diversion Road”; Claudine Barreto, “Nasaan Ka Man”; Ana Capri, “Ala Verde”; Jaclyn Jose, “Sarungbanggi”; Jaycee Parker, “Ilusyon”; Analyn Bangsi-il, “Kalimugtong”. Best Supporting Actor: Ketchup Eusebio, “Kamulatan.”

Best Supporting Actress: Joy Soler-de Castro, “Pepot Artista”; Gloria Diaz, Hilda Koronel, “Nasaan Ka Man.”

Best Production Design: Clint Catalan, Cristina Dy, Lily Esquillon, “Maximo”; Christina Dy, “Big Time”; Benjamin Padero, “Masahista”; Norman Regalado, “La Visa Loca”; Mes de Guzman, Noel Montano, “Kalimugtong”; Briccio Santos, Anil Rao, “Ala Verde.”

Best Cinematography: Albert Banzon, “Kalimugtong”; Odyssey Flores, “Ilusyon”; Nap Jamir, “Maximo”; Timmy Jimenez, Monchie Redoble, “Masahista”; Charlie Peralta, “Nasaan Ka Man”; Rolly Manuel, “Blue Moon”; Wowie Hao, Odyssey Flores, “Dilim.”

Best Editing: Mario Cornejo, Monster Jimenez, “Big Time”; Ellen Ramos, Paulo Villaluna, “Ilusyon”; Clarence Sison, “Maximo”; Marya Ignacio, “Blue Moon”; Abbas Tabas, Arasaw Kurabokov, “Kalimugtong”; Anil Rao, “Ala Verde”; Hector Macaso, Sunshine Matutina, “Dilim.”

Best Music: Vincent de Jesus, “La Visa Loca”; Pepe Smith, “Maximo”; GMA Records, “Mulawin, the Movie”; Von de Guzman, “Blue Moon”; Bernard “Nio” Manzano, “Kalimugtong.”

Best Sound: Raffy Magsaysay, “Big Time”; Addis Tabong, “Nasaan Ka Man”; Michael Idioma, “Blue Moon”; Bob Macabenta, “Kalimugtong”; Tris Suguitan, “Dilim.”

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