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‘Serbis’ wins in Urian Awards

September 24, 2009
Urian Winners

Winners of Urian Awards, including old master Peque Gallaga on the very right who won an award for his for Lifetime Achievement

“Serbis,” the Dante-Mendoza-film that was the first Philippine movie in the Cannes Film Festival in more than twenty years, won the biggest number of awards, including Best Picture, at the 32nd Urian Awards, writes the Philippine Inquirer. The film is about the on-goings in a seedy, rundown cinema in Angeles City, that serves as front for a gay brothel. Mendoza has made two films since, including Kinatay, that was selected as best film at this year´s film festival in Cannes.

Other winners include Francis Xavier Pasions Jay for best screenplay and Ronnie Lazaro who was selected as best actor for his part in the horror movie Yanggaw. A complete list of the winners is here.

The Awards are given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics), a group of mostly academic film critics, and the whole award affair  is therefore a rather high brow affair, where awards go mostly to Indie movies, many of which were never cinematically released widely in the Philippines, nevertheless they are a big deal that is even televised. There is an endless piece about the selection process in the Philippine Star, written by jury member Butch Francisco, but dont expect any revelations there – this is just the type of chatty fluff that makes up most of the reporting on the arts in Philippine newspapers.

In the meanwhile, the Film Academy of the Philippines has chosen none of the films honoured at the Urian Awards as the countries contender for this years Oscar, but instead the comedy Ded na si Lolo which is exactly the type of movie that absolutely nobody outside the Philippines will feel entertained by.


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