[PHOTO -ROCO, Poe and
Aunor lead the cast of "Thy Womb," premiering Thursday (Manila time) at the
international fest. photo: thy womb official FB page]
MANILA, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 (INQUIRER) By Bayani San Diego Jr. -
Singer-actress Nora Aunor is looking forward to attending the world premiere of
her latest movie, "Thy Womb (Sinapupunan)," at the 69th Venice International
Film Festival on Thursday.
Brillante Mendoza, who directed the film, told the Inquirer last week: "Nora
earlier told me how excited she was. This is her first time to attend the
red-carpet premiere of a film that's in competition in one of the world's top
three international film festivals. Apparently, she wasn't present at the Berlin
premiere of [Ishmael Bernal's] 'Himala' in 1983."
The international festivals in Venice, Berlin and Cannes are considered the
top three.
(Aunor recalls that she made it to the premiere of Lino Brocka's "Bona,"
which was exhibited in the Directors' Fortnight section of Cannes in 1981.
Scriptwriter Ricky Lee also says Aunor attended the Moscow fest where "Himala"
was screened in 1983, and the Cairo fest in 1996, where she won best actress for
Joel Lamangan's "The Flor Contemplacion Story.")
Aunor told the Inquirer that she would wear a gown by Filipino designer Nono
Palmos, a longtime collaborator, on the Venice red carpet. Cast members Lovi Poe
and Mercedes Cabral will join Mendoza and Aunor in Venice.
Cabral revealed that she had a complete wardrobe prepared—red-carpet gown by
Mitch Desunia; cocktail dresses by Megan Pillos; everyday wear by Anne Garcia;
awards night gown by Cebu-based designer Harvey Cenit.
Poe picked clothes from the collections of Ezra for the press con and Cary
Santiago for the awards night.
They know her
"I'm thrilled that I'm going to Venice," Poe told the Inquirer. "It will be
my first time there."
Mendoza related ongoing buzz about Aunor's Venice trip: "The Italians know
her. They know her work. Apart from 'Thy Womb,' Nora has another film included
in this year's lineup—the digitally restored 'Himala.'"
Aunor is competing for best actress with another Mendoza star, Isabelle
Huppert, whose entry is Marco Bellocchio's "Bella Addormentata." Huppert is the
star of Mendoza's Berlin entry this year—"Captive," currently showing in local
Also vying for best actress are Hollywood stars Amy Adams and Rachel McAdams.

Mendoza attended the Philippine premiere of 'Captive' at SM Pampanga on Sept.
2 and the gala premiere at Greenbelt Makati on Sept. 3, so the Philippine
contingent couldn't fly to Italy until Wednesday.
The group also includes scriptwriter Henry Burgos, producer Larry Castillo
and Aunor's manager Boy Palma. They will arrive at the festival just in time for
the film's premiere.
(A third Filipino film, the restored version of Manuel Conde's 1950 film
"Genghis Khan," will be unveiled in Venice on Thursday as well.)
"I expect it will be a tiring four days," Mendoza said. "We'll be back in
Manila on Sept. 9."
Among the stars, Cabral is the only one who has red-carpet experiences with
Mendoza. They went to Cannes for "Serbis" in 2008 and "Kinatay" in 2009. But
this is her first time in Venice.
"I plan to watch as many films as possible," she told Inquirer. "I want to go
around the city. I am proud to be going because Direk Brillante has made a
beautiful film."

Chief News Editor: Sol
Jose Vanzi

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