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AUTEUR Lav Diaz was honored with the Natatanging Gawad Urian, a lifetime achievement award, for his exemplary body of works. / Stefanie LOOS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The documentary Aswang (Cinematography Films) was declared Best Picture at the 44th Gawad Urian in a virtual awarding ceremony streamed on video-sharing platform YouTube on 21 October.

This is the first time for a documentary to be nominated and honored with the Best Picture trophy in the prestigious award for Philippine cinema.

Filipino auteur Lav Diaz receives the Natatanging Gawad Urian. ‘Aswang’ (below) also won Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Documentary. / PhotographS courtesy of Hazel Orencio, ‘aswang’

Aswang bested fellow Best Picture nominees Ramona Diaz’s A Thousand Cuts (Concordia Studio, Topic Studios, CineDiaz, Luminate and Motto Pictures), also a documentary; Avid Liongoren’s Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story (Rocketsheep Studio and Spring Films), an animated film; Lawrence Fajardo’s Kintsugi (Solar Films and Centerstage); Lav Diaz’s Lahi, Hayop (Sine Olivia Pilipinas); Dodo Dayao’s Midnight in a Perfect World (Globe Studios and Epicmedia); and Ben Rekhi’s Watch List (Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment).

The drug war documentary ‘Aswang’ won the Urian Best Picture. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ‘ASWANG’

The documentary on the murderous and misguided drug war also won Best Director award for for Alyx Ayn Arumpac and Best Cinematography award for Arumpac and Tanya Haurylchyk. It was also declared Best Documentary, among nominees in the category, which include Buklog: The Ritual System of the Subanen of Zamboanga Peninsula by Roel Hoang Manipon; Elehiya ng Paglimot by Kristoffer Brugada; House in Pieces by Jean Claire Dy and Manuel Domes; Masterpiece by Kristoffer Villarino and Januar Yap; and A Thousand Cuts by Ramona Diaz.

Best Director Alyx Arumpac. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF FB.COM/Alyx Arumpac

The Aswang team dedicated their win to all who are “pinaslang, kinulong, at nawalan ng mahal sa buhay sa giyera kontra droga (killed, imprisoned and have lost loved ones in the war against drugs).”

Habang ginagawa namin ang Aswang, ilang beses din namin narinig ang linyang ito: ‘Kung alam ko lang na papatayin nila ang kapatid/asawa/anak ko, hindi ko na sana siya binoto’(While we were making Aswang, we heard several times the lines, ‘If only I knew that they will kill my sibling/spouse/child, I would not have voted for him’),” they further said on their Facebook page after the win. “Sa susunod na taon, huwag sana nating sayangin ang ating mga boto sa mga kakandidatong lumabag ng mga karapatang pantao kung hindi man, sumuporta at kumonsinte sa pag-abuso nito (Next year, we hope that you don’t waste your votes for candidates who violate human rights or those who support and condone this abuse).”

They emphasized: “Kailangan natin ng pinunong papanagutin sila, at papahalagahan ang ating buhay at dignidad bilang Filipino. Sana sa nalalapit na panahon, wala nang kuwentong tulad ng mga nasa Aswang (We need a leader who will make them responsible and who value our lives and dignity as Filipino. In the near future, we hope that there will no more stories like those in Aswang).”

In the acting categories, Alessandra de Rossi (Watch List) was declared Best Actress while Best Actor was Fernando Josef (Lahi, Hayop). Dexter Doria (Memories of Forgetting) and Hazel Orencio (Lahi, Hayop) were Best Supporting Actresses and Micko Laurente (Watch List) was Best Supporting Actor.

Other winners are Lav Diaz for Lahi, Hayop (Best Screenplay); Joselito Altarejos for Memories of Forgetting (Best Editing); Darrel Manuel for Memories of Forgetting (Best Production Design); Jhaye Cura at Paulo Protacio for The Boy Foretold by the Stars (Best Music); and Corinne de San Jose for Midnight in a Perfect World (Best Sound).

Ola by Mijan Jumalon was hailed as Best Short Film, besting My Father is an Astro-Not by Arjanmar Rebeta; Next Picture by Cris Bringas; Noontime Drama by Kim Timan and Sam Villa-Real; Dad-aan Na (Her Walks) by Jules Lumiqued; Yawyaw ni JP by Sine Sanyata; Pabasa Kan Pasyon by Hubert Tibi; Isang Daa’t Isang Mariposa by Norvin de los Santos; and Ang Bahagharing Uhaw sa Ulan by Levilou D. Corpuz. Meanwhile, the lone nominee in the Best Animation category, Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story, was also declared winner.

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the group behind Gawad Urian, also revealed the best films and actors of the decade from 2010 to 2019.

One of the best films of the decade,’Tu Pug Imatuy’ tells about a Manobo couple’s experience of abuse from the military. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF FB.COM/Tu Pug Imatuy

The winners of the Gawad Dekada para sa mga Natatanging Pelikula are Damgo ni Eleuteria by Remton Siega Zuasola; Ang Pag Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa by Alvin Yapan; Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim by Arnel Mardoquio; Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan by Lav Diaz; Women of the Weeping River by Sheron Dayoc; Baboy Halas by Bagane Fiola; Tu Pug Imatuy by Arnel Barbarona; Respeto by Treb Monteras; Balangiga: Howling Wilderness by Khavn de la Cruz; Buy Bust by Erik Matti; and Babae at Baril by Rae Red.

Meanwhile, John Lloyd Cruz, Angeli Bayani, Alessandra de Rossi and Nora Aunor were honored with the Gawad Dekada para sa mga Natatanging Aktor at Aktres.

The Natatanging Gawad Urian was bestowed to filmmaker Lav Diaz, “[p]ara sa paglikha ng mga natatanging pelikulang hitik sa talinhaga na ukol sa mga panahon ng ordinaryong buhay ng mamamayan at ng karahasan na kanilang dinaranas o iniinda sa pang-araw-araw na madalas ay implikado ang ngayo’y kinalilimutan kundi man nirerebisang yugto ng batas militar at diktaduryang Marcos sa bansa (for creating distinct films rich in metaphors and allegories about the times and ordinary lives and the violence that they experience every day, often implicated by the current forgetting and revision of the history of martial law and Marcos dictatorship).”

Manunuri Tito Valiente announcing the Gawad Dekada para sa mga Natatanging Aktor at Aktres. / Screengrab from 44th Gawad Urian

The Manunuri also cited Diaz’s promotion and use of slow cinema and for his incorporation of political messages in his works as his contributions to Filipino cinema and idioms of world cinema.

They also cited his being the most brilliant director active now, being watched by cineastes and studied by scholars from different countries. Diaz is also honored in different film festivals, and his works have enriched Filipino cinema, becoming a legacy for the next generations that contributes to the forging of collective identity and consciousness.

The Manunuri also recognizes Diaz “[p]ara sa pagsustina ng kapangyarihan ng pelikula bilang sining din ng pagmulat at pagbabago, para sa pagbibigay-inspirasyon sa mga nakababatang direktor at filmmaker sa pagtindig laban sa awtoritarianismo at para sa tunay na pagbabago, para sa pagbibigay ng malikhaing tanglaw sa madidilim na yugto na ating pinagdaanan na at patuloy na pagdadaanan pa (for sustaining the power of cinema as an art for awareness and change, for inspiring younger directors and filmmakers to stand up against authoritarianism and for genuine change, for giving a creative light to the dark times that we have experienced and continue to undergo).”

The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino dedicated the awarding ceremony to National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Manunuri founding member, who passed away on 28 September.

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