The Metro Manila Film Festival 2012 is about to enter its 2nd week tomorrow. Luck of all lucks, its most awarded entry (eight awards), which has been critically acclaimed internationally, a little indie called THY WOMB shot in Tawi-tawi, will finally be shown here in General Santos City, after all.
From Robinsons Place GenSan, we received word that Cannes Film Festival awardee Brillante Mendoza‘s movie featuring Superstar Nora Aunor, who plays Shalela, a barren Badjao midwife, will be screened at their Movieworld, from January 1 – 8, 2013. (Update: SM City GenSan has began screening the movie yesterday, January 4 until the 8th.)
Thy Womb earlier won for Nora Aunor the Bisatro D’ Oro Award for Best Actress from Venice film critics and another Best Actress plum from the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia. The same award-giving bodies also gave the Best Director Awards to Brillante Mendoza.
I had the privilege to watch Thy Womb during its Philippine premier at the SM Lanang in Davao City sometime in November (and even met my idol Nora Aunor up, close and personal – a lifelong dream) and I must say that the movie deserves all the accolades and awards it has garnered from international film critics.
The intimate audience of cinephiles at the Davao premier who saw it along with me, including my Noranian Friends Forever buddies Nestor De Guzman, Epee Rafanan, etc.; my blogger buddies, Kikko Kalabud and GandaEverSoMuch had to give it a standing ovation because that was the only way at that time we can show to Direk Brillante Mendoza and Nora Aunor how much we felt about it. His obra was inspiring, absorbing, cerebral and fascinating, to say at the very least.
In more ways than one, it opened my eyes to the gentleness and industry of the Badjaos who like the rest of us, have the same concerns, be it about love, family, and survival. It may not be for everyone especially those who have been exposed to a hundred Pepeng Agimats, a thousand Sisterakas and a million Shake, Rattle & Rolls all their lives but hey, here’s your chance to see something categorized as an “indie film” that challenges your way of viewing, understanding and appreciating great cinema.
Still, if you won’t take my word for it and if the numerous awards that Thy Womb has received have not made you decide to watch it starting tomorrow at Robinsons GenSan, then here’s more. I am sharing here a collection of feedback via Twitter from those who have seen it first, mostly in Metro Manila. Some of the tweets below are from famous personalities but most are from the common tao and what they think about this Brillante Mendoza film. A few are from reviews of online publications.
Here they go in random order… (you may need to refresh the page if the tweets do not appear)…
Just watched #ThyWomb and loved it! More movies like this that show our culture, geography and life in many ways we don’t see
— pia cayetano (@piacayetano) December 28, 2012
“I highly recommend Thy Womb as it explores the intricacies of rural life largely through the eyes of a Badjao midwife.” – Loren Legarda
— Nunca Valderama (@NuncaValderama) January 4, 2013
Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb is a film every Filipino must watch. It is a beautiful portrait of Filipino culture.
— loren legarda (@loren_legarda) January 4, 2013
Di parin makagetover sa movie na “Thy Womb” — Phieliz Formaran (@mynameisfyel) December 28, 2012
Thy Womb is not just a movie, it’s a cultural experience. I felt immersed in every scene. Aunor’s no-acting acting is expectedly flawless. — Nikolai Crisostomo (@NikCrisostomo) December 28, 2012
If only for d immense love and effort put into d movie, Thy Womb is a must see. Amazing scenery, subtle acting. Beautiful.
— mylene basco-tiamson (@docmylene) January 2, 2013
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) January 5, 2013
An appeal to theater owners: dont take out #ThyWomb jst bec it isnt raking it in as much. Maintain it bec it is a high quality film.
— Christine Babao (@ChristineBBabao) December 27, 2012
Done with #ThyWomb such a masterpiece.. Nora Aunor is really an epic.. Such a classic and timeless talent and also Lovi Poe did so well! 🙂
— Rheinven Diño (@Rheinven) December 30, 2012
— albert sunga (@albert1217) December 25, 2012
#ThyWomb is a beautiful piece of cinema, with simple yet quite effective and even marvelous filmmaking all throughout. 4.5/5*
— Dicot Alvarado (@SineCritic) December 30, 2012
— Evita Garcia (@evitagarcia) December 30, 2012
Sa bawat titig ng karakter sa langit,ibon,buwan,iniiwan ka rin na parang may sariling mundo,nagtatanong,napapaisip,o naguguluhan. #ThyWomb
— joms (@JomeL_Anthony) December 30, 2012
Minimal dialog in #ThyWomb. It shows not tells. So don’t expect to be spoon- fed:-)Bring more thinking skills than usual when seeing it.
— marilousyj (@assiprofm) January 5, 2013
— ryan aquino (@iamryanaquino) December 30, 2012
Watching ‘ThyWomb’ is like watching an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. A Filipino masterclass.
— Mark Delas Alas (@iMARKdspot) January 4, 2013
Just saw THY WOMB at a special screening with the fans of Nora Aunor. Ate Guy is amazing and fearless! Those eyes speak pages of dialogue. — Perci Intalan (@percinotpercy) December 26, 2012
Thy Womb isn’t for everyone, but it’s exactly what Philippine cinema needs right now.
— Den Fajardo (@denfajardo) January 4, 2013
Thy Womb was an over – whelming and stunning Philippine Cinema experience. “First time” to see a Nora Aunor Film “in theater”.
— Vera Reyes (@veraereyes) January 5, 2013
— Maria Isabel Lopez (@beautyqueenmil) December 31, 2012
“Thy Womb” was legit, classy, and profound. We need more movies like that!
— Ivan Harry (@iamivanharry) December 30, 2012
Thy Womb Movie Review..A Glimpse To The Innermost Being Of A Woman, Of A Culture, Of A Race elysplanet.com/2012/12/09/bri… via @@elysplanet
— Merz Masangcay (@mermucho) December 24, 2012
THY WOMB. Was able to watch this film tonight and it left me with stirred emotions, in awe of our culture co instagr.am/p/UG-GA_O5Uq/
— madel zarina solijon (@zarinamadel) January 5, 2013
Ngayon ko lang narealize na ok naman yung Thy Womb. Nakaka Filipino ng todo. Tsaka ang taray lang ng kultura natin 🙂
— Lonnie Virtudes (@lonniebells) January 2, 2013
The traveler in me liked it. Thy Womb. As an admirer of fearless actors, I declare “like, like”. Bembol Roco and especially Nora Aunor. — Jove Francisco (@jovefrancisco) December 30, 2012
Thy Womb is so painful, it doesn’t shoot you straight in the head, it tortures you.. that even after watching it, your heart’s still crying.
— kace c (@kacecabali) January 4, 2013
THY WOMB’s simpicity is captivating. Most reviews say that Nora Aunor is MAGNIFICENT. Refreshing to see a Pinoy movie made this way!
— icko gonzalez (@ickogonzalez) December 30, 2012
Astig ang cinematograpiya ng thy womb!!:)
— Pats Mallari (@pats_iv) December 30, 2012
THY WOMB an epitome ofUNDERACTING carried through the very definition of #ARTISTRY .. Im impressed!
— Elmar Sorilla (@Ejsorilla) December 29, 2012
The movie Thy Womb made so much sense.
— Miguel Robles (@MeeGeh) December 30, 2012
Great review of Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb from a 15-year old!… fb.me/2D3LyVOrg
— SNNI FB Fan Page (@SNNIMiniSerye) December 29, 2012
Naiiyak pa rin ako pag naaalala ko ang Thy Womb. :'( I think I should watch it again tomorrow.
— Janis(@jlnarvas) December 29, 2012
I finally saw Thy Womb. ang ganda! ang ganda ganda ganda ganda ganda ganda ganda #sniff
— Maria Theresa (@jingdalagan) December 28, 2012
#ThyWomb this is hypnotic and the prose is deeply textured. The last 5 minutes of the film strike directly to the human heart. Be prepared!
— K e n j o d o l f (@deathofsatara) December 27, 2012
#ThyWomb deserves a clap! This is what movie making is all about! Its an ART, not some silly shit that is flashed onscreen for its sake!
— John V Balino (@johnoyskie) December 27, 2012
— Melvin Carson(@AndroidMelvin) December 27, 2012
THY WOMB is my Best Film of the new century.Curse me, bash me, crucify me, I don’t care.This is what I really feel and I’m proud of it.
— vincent tanada (@vincent_tanada) January 2, 2013
Saw Thy Womb last night and Nora Aunor was pitch perfect! It was a quiet but profound performance! Please support it too 🙂 — Jet Valle (@jetvalle) December 27, 2012
Just saw thywomb last nite,The performance is spectacular and as Nora is the Best actresses of the world in a magnificent visual sublimation — Jenor Sollegue (@Jenor123) December 27, 2012
Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb is fast gaining word-of-mouth endorsement, as it trends on Twitter! — SNNI FB Fan Page (@SNNIMiniSerye) December 28, 2012
#ThyWomb Mendoza’s most sentimentally-driven film w/ raw displays of emotion that punches you right in the heart. chikka-nessavenue.blogspot.com/2012/12/chikka… — Chikkaness Ave (@ChikkanessAve) December 31, 2012
“Her silence hits the ground like thuds. This is Nora Aunor. Words would only cheapen the moment.” – JESSICA ZAFRA #ThyWomb
And yes Nora Aunor is great in Thy Womb. Not a showy role but man her eyes are very expressive
— Jecoup Asombrado (@forg9587) December 26, 2012
— Teri Adolf Bautista (@tewitewtweet) December 28, 2012
#ThyWomb made me realize that gender empowerment is a choice, not a prerogative. And that love supercedes the tenets of making that choice.
— Eric Po (@ImaginaryEricPo) December 31, 2012
“Thy Womb” hits you with such a powerful note. The story just burns to your soul.
— Alyana (@alyanapcerda) January 2, 2013
I wasn’t too into it while watching it, but only now, two days later, do I realize that Thy Womb was such a good movie. — Jeff Stelton (@jeffstelton) December 30, 2012
just watched THY WOMB!Audience:Women,40&above ages.Ate Guy’s eyes spoke in the movie &will leave you wandering!Too powerful!Please Watch It! — joms (@JomeL_Anthony) December 30, 2012
Thy Womb made me think, made me breathe.Bravo to Mangada, Brillantes and Aunor. Mabuhay ang Philippine Movies. — sau del rosario (@chef_sau) December 30, 2012
Watched “Thy Womb” – was frozen. Not a fan, but La Aunor delivered such a ‘quiet’ but arresting performance. Her eyes should be Best Actor! — Amie Santos (@GoldenAmie) December 29, 2012
I am glad young people appreciate Nora Aunor as an actress. Not just blind followers. These are people who understand nuances of acting. — Isah V. Red (@isahvred) December 29, 2012
Thy Womb is a classic. How could any other actress possibly expect to beat Ms Nora Aunor when she’s not even acting? I’ve become a fan. — Monday Next (@bookwart) December 29, 2012
Except for a few ignorable flaws, I’m either running out or so full of wonderful words to describe Thy Womb and still do it no justice. — Ralph Morales (@iamralphmorales) December 29, 2012
MMFF Best Actress Awardee Nora Aunor: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1995 & 2012. she should be National Artist! RT if agree — Wilson Lee Flores (@WilsonLeeFlores) December 27, 2012
Its not what you think it is. Thy Womb is a great movie.-Just got home from Robinsons Movieworld GenSan with the @soxbloggers
— Gem Tadefa (@iheartGEM) January 1, 2013
#thywomb i luv this movie.ako ay npngiti, ngtaka, at sa huli ay npaluha.ganito b kasaklap ang pag-ibig kay Shalela? Pinaiyak ako ni Nora A.
— Marlowie Sandoval (@loveLowie) January 1, 2013
Just watched ThyWomb last nyt… Precious gems does not fit everyone. The film is a treasure!! Watch it and feel it.
— ron genovana (@wonskigen) January 2, 2013
— Izzarose Vacaro (@izzawose) January 2, 2013
Watching #ThyWomb was like eating blue cheese w/ wine. The burst of aftertaste is very rewarding.
— nemledda (@justnemhere) January 2, 2013
Damang-dama ko yung Thy Womb. O nga yung isang MMFF film ma-drama pero actions speak louder than words talaga eh!
— Paula Sabrine (@sprocketscience) January 2, 2013
In closing, here’s the Official Trailer of Thy Womb.