Skip to content

‘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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • Categories

  • 12 Sisters Alessandre de Rossi Amir Muhammad James Lee Horror Amir Muhammad Malaysian Gods Apichatpong Weerasethakul At The End of Daybreak baguio Bayani San Diego Jr Ben Slater Be Quite Berlinale Brillante Mendoza Brilliante Mendoza bruce lee bulgogi Burma Cambodia Dreams Cannes Cannes Festival 2009 cinema Cinemas in Manila Cineplex cockfighting comedy Davy Chou Detlev Buck Dollywood Dontrey. The Music of Cambodia Don´t burn Dying to belong Dy Saveth Eric Khoo funding Golden Reawakening Hong Kong University Press John Rabe joseph estrada Kinatay King Norodom Sihanouk Kon. The Cinema of Cambodia Last night I Dreamed of Peace Lav Diaz Long Nguyen lvn Ly Bun Yim Martha Nochimson melodrama Mercedes Cabral Metrowealth International Group movie house Nhat Minh dang Peter Bogdanovich philippine daily inquirer Phnom penh Poan Phoung Bopha poem Pontianak Raya Martin Rose Chan Ruben Nepales Saint Jack Same Same But Different Sell out Siem Reap sound proof Southeast Asian Independent Cinema Stanley Harper Tea Lim Koun This week at Cine Lux Tilman Baumgaertel Tilman Baumgärtel Triad movies Yasmin Ahmad Yvon Hem “Sthapatyakam. The Architecture of Cambodia”
  • Awards Books Cambodia Censorship China Cinemas in Manila Competitions and Festivals Conferences Documentary Exhibitions Feature Grants hong kong Indonesia Interview Malaysia Miscancellous Museum Myanmar News Obituary Philippines Review Singapore Thailand This week at Cinẻ Lux Uncategorized Vietnam Visual Essay Webvideo
  • September 2009
    M T W T F S S
    « Aug   Oct »
     123456
    78910111213
    14151617181920
    21222324252627
    282930  
  • Archives

  • Meta

  • %d bloggers like this: