Thy Womb director, Brillante Mendoza, bagged the La Navicella – Venezia Cinema Award at the ongoing Venice Film Festival. This came at the helm of another victory by the film's star, Nora Aunor, that won the Bisato d' Oro critics' prize.
Thy Womb is the only Filipino movie that is set to compete at the Main Competition Section of the Venice Film Festival that will be awarded on September 8.
Philippine Superstar Nora Aunor won the Bisato d' Oro critics' prize at this year's Venice International Film Festival. Aunor starred in the film Thy Womb, a story of the devotion of an infertile Badjao midwife that finds a surrogate partner for her husband. The movie premiered in Venice after the local Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) rejected its bid to be part of its festival this December. Thy Womb successfully closed its gala opening at Venice with a standing ovation. Cannes awardee Brillante Mendoza directs.
Also showcased in the festival is Aunor's 1982 film, Himala. It was chosen to be part of the Venizia Classici program that is meant to give contemporary audiences a chance to view films of historical importance. Himala won the Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time in the CNN Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Aunor is also competing in the Volpi Cup, the Best Actress Award of the festival that will be awarded on September 8, 2012.