In the 84th Academy Awards, the Filipino Film ‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank’ will represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The confirmation came from a FAP (Film Academy of the Philippines) source of PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
The film’s lead actress Eugene Domingo had won over other films. Through an online interview with PEP, Eugene shared her thoughts about this news. “Marlon Rivera called me up and told me about the Oscar news and I laughed so hard because I thought it’s crazy! We were also ecstatic until we all realized it is a big honor that definitely needs a bigger campaign! We will pray for it. I hope that the ‘woman in the septic tank’ gets to wear a gown and walk on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre! Who knows?” she said.
The FAP source also said that most of their member had chosen ‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank’ against other films. Through this, our very own Filipino film will compete for the Best Foreign Language Film category nomination in the 2012 Oscars.
Based from the PEP’s FAP source, the following films were also considered:
- Rosario, a period drama film directed by Albert Martinez and produced by Cinemabuhay (Rated A and shown during the Metro Manila Film Festival last December)
- Senior Year, coming-of-age story directed by Jerrold Tarog and produced by Digitank Studios (Rated A and shown on March 9, 2011)
- Presa, prison drama film directed by Adolf Alix Jr. and adjudged the Indie Film of the Year during the Metro Manila Filmfest satellite indie filmfest (not submitted for CEB rating)
- Dalaw, horror film directed by Dondon Santos and produced by Cine Media and distributed by Star Cinema (Rated B and shown during the 2010 MMFF)
‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank’ is a comedy portraying the day of three ambitious filmmakers and the portrayal of creative imagination at play. It is directed by Marlon Rivera, a first-time filmmaker, and written by Chris Martinez.
This film had won numerous major awards, five to be specific, during the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival last July 2011. Among the awards are
Best Actress (Eugene Domingo)
Best Director (Marlon Rivera)
Best Screenplay (Chris Martinez)
Audience choice award
Best Film in the New Breed
This movie is also starred JM de Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Cherry Pie Picache and Mercedes Cabral.