THE black-and-white revenge tale "Ang Babaeng Humayo" (The Woman Who Left) by acclaimed director Lav Diaz won the Golden Lion prize for best picture Saturday at the Venice Film Festival.
Andre Konchalovsky and Amat Escalante shared this year's Silver Lion for best direction for their respective films: "Paradise" from Russia and Germany and "The Untamed" from Mexico.
Tom Ford's noir thriller "Nocturnal Animals" from the U.S. won the grand jury prize.
Argentine actor Oscar Martinez of "The Distinguished Citizen" and American actress Emma Stone of "La La Land" won as best actor and best actress.
Noah Oppenheimer won best screenplay for "Jackie," which centers on Jackie Kennedy at the time of John F. Kennedy's assassination. A jury led by British director Sam Mendes chose winners from among 20 movies competing at the 73rd annual festival.
The world's oldest film festival wrapped up Saturday after 11 days that brought stars including Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington to the canal-crossed Italian city. Here's the complete list of winners: Golden Lion: Lav Diaz, "The Woman Who Left"; Philippines. Silver Lion director (tie): Andre Konchalovsky, "Paradise"; Russia, Germany. Silver Lion director (tie): Amat Escalante, "The Untamed"; Mexico. Jury grand prize: "Nocturnal Animals," Tom Ford; U.S. Special jury prize: "The Bad Batch," Ana Lily Amirpour; U.S. Actor: Oscar Martinez, "The Distinguished Citizen"; Argentina, Spain. Actress: Emma Stone, "La La Land"; U.S. Screenplay: Noah Oppenheim, "Jackie"; U.S. Marcello Mastroianni Price for Young Performer: Paula Beer, "Frantz"; France. Luigi De Laurentiis Lion of the Future: "The Last of Us," Ala Eddine Slim; Tunisia.
Meantime, Guy Lodge, the chief UK film critic for Variety, wrote that he thinks Charo Santos should have won best actress. But the ruling in Venice is that participating films can only win one award each. He writes there's a loud Oscar buzz for "Ang Babaeng Humayo" and it could garner Academy Award nominations as best pic, best director, best actress and best sound editing. Let's pray that he says is true. We know they're looking for the next entry of the Philippines to the Oscar's best foreign language film category. So here it is! Don't look any further!
Max not ready to marry Pancho
MAX Collins celebrated her 24th birthday last August 28 and her co-stars gave her a surprise party on the set of “Someone to Watch Over Me”, including Director Maryo J. de los Reyes. She later had a private party with her loyal fans and, of course, with her inamorato, Pancho Magno. Max adds that just because she has finally admitted her relationship with Pancho, it doesn’t mean that they would settle down soon.
“We’re both not ready yet to start our own family,” she says. “Pareho pa kaming maraming gustong ma-accomplish and achieve in our respective careers. At ako, gusto kong maging secure muna ang family ko. So we don’t have to rush and settling down will have to wait.”
But does she believe Pancho is truly THE one for her? “Sana, sana. Kasi wala akong mairereklamo sa kanya. He cares so much for his mom and siblings. He’s God-fearing and very understanding. All in all, I can say he’s a good boy, so I can really feel na suwerte ako sa kanya. So, sana, siya na nga ang THE one for me.”
Meanwhile, Max is happy that the first episodes of “Someone to Watch Over Me” rated well and got very positive feedback from those who watched it and registered their approval on social media. “Masayang-masaya kami nina Lovi Poe at Tom Rodriguez for the very warm reception that viewers gave to our show,” she says. “We promise that mas pagbubutihin namin ang trabaho namin para lalo silang masiyahan sa panonood nila sa future episodes ng show namin. Abangan nyo this coming week kasi Tom’s condition as TJ gets worse and his whole family will worry about him. Inilihim niya kay Lovi na may Alzheimer’s siya but Lovi is about to discover the truth about his health.”
MOVIE REVIEW: SULLY
FROM being a TV cowboy in “Rawhide” to a big action star in “Dirty Harry”, who would have thought that Clint Eastwood would be one of the most competent American filmmakers ever, gaining acclaim for such works as “Unforgiven”, “Mystic River”, “Million Dollar Baby” and “American Sniper”. The iconic living legend is now 86 years old and remains to be very prolific. He has just directed another splendid film, “Sully”.
No, it’s not the solo flick of the cute monster from “Monsters Inc”, but the real life story of pilot Chesley Sullenberger or Sully, who showed grace under pressure when he successfully maneuvered the U.S. Airways Flight 1549 plane land on water on the freezing waters of the Hudson River in 2009. This hit the headlines all around the world and was hailed as The Miracle on the Hudson. The Airbus was on its way to Charlotte from La Guardia Airport when a flock of birds ran smack into it and destroyed its engines.
The film is a much deserved tribute to the amazing professionalism of Sully (Tom Hanks), his First Officer Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), their flight attendants who kept reminding the passengers to “brace brace brace, don’t look up”, the air traffic control personnel and all the ferryboat and police rescuers who quickly came to save all the 155 passengers in the fast sinking airplane. At the end credits, the real Sully and the real passengers were shown in a reunion. We didn’t cry in “Train to Busan” but here, we were not able to hold back our tears because we know it REALLY HAPPENED!
Hanks gives another winning true to life portrayal (he was also good in a real life role in “Bridge of Spies” and “Captain Phillips”) as the cool and reassuring expert pilot. He sports snow white hair and mustache to look like the real Sully. His performance here as the calm and poker faced pilot is in complete contrast to his emotional and weepy portrayal of “Captain Phillips”. But we never doubted he’d succeed in bringing the crippled Airbus to safety because, after all, wasn’t he similarly successful in accomplishing an even tougher job in “Apollo 13”?
What’s so nice about the movie is the way it was imaginatively structured by scriptwriter Todd Komarnicki and masterfully directed by Pareng Clint who certainly displays his wisdom and skills as an astonishing story teller who knows how to make it all gripping for his viewers from start to finish. And what’s even nicer is that they manage to tell it all with surprising brevity at only one hour and a half running time.
We first see Sully being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) whose stern members are conducting an inquiry for the airlines and their insurance companies. They are very
antagonistic toward him, questioning his competence as an experienced pilot. They even suggest that he must be having trouble at home and his marriage, so he made the wrong decisions. They insist that computer aircraft simulations have proven that his plane could have safely returned to La Guardia Airport. Then, the actual crash is shown in flashbacks.
As Sully says, it’s not a crash “but a forced water landing.” We watched the movie at SM IMAX and that scene where the plane crashes on the water facing the camera is truly and spectacularly unnerving. This makes us understand why Sully is shown haunted by nightmarish visions about a plane that is seen crashing through the tall skyscrapers of Manhattan the days following his own