Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, Antoinette Jadaone’s uproarious mockumentary about the most ubiquitous extra in Philippine cinema as she prepares a speech for a possible acting award, is the runaway choice for best Filipino film of 2011 as voted by 19 film bloggers and critics. The voters invited to participate in the poll have seen most of the significant Filipino film releases (commercial or otherwise) in 2011.
Lilia Cuntapay, after appearing as one of the aswang extras in Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ Aswang in 1992 (and thanks to her long, white hair and toothless mouth), has been typecast to play scary roles in Pinoy movies and TV ever since. Jadaone, in her debut feature, asks, what if Cuntapay is given a meatier role and gets nominated for it? The whole movie finds Cuntapay composing and revising her speech and culminates in an awards night that features a hilarious cry-fest in performance clips of actors nominated along with Cuntapay. Will she get to deliver her victory speech?
What we at Pinoy Rebyu can tell you is she topped our poll for best lead performance, besting a relative newcomer, Martin Escudero (for his portrayal as Remington, the homophobic guy who turns gay in Zombadings), and a fellow senior citizen, Fides Cuyugan Asensio (for her turn as the family matriarch wishing to turn back the hands of time in Niño).
Meanwhile, Geraldine Villamil’s turn as Cuntapay’s ever-patient niece-cum-personal assistant in Six Degrees is the voters’ choice for best supporting performance (besting John Regala for Zombadings and Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino for Niño). Six Degrees also topped the best first feature race, beating out Loy Arcenas’ Niño and Shireen Seno’s Big Boy.
Niño, about the inevitable disintegration of a once-powerful family, is runner-up for best film and also took top honors for best screenplay (for Rody Vera) and best ensemble for the cast.
Lav Diaz was chosen as best director for his six-hour opus Siglo ng Pagluluwal, while Louie Quirino’s work in Busong was cited tops for best cinematography.
Jewel Maranan’s Tundong Magiliw was chosen best documentary, and MovFest winner Hindi sa Atin ang Buwan by Jon Lazam was adjudged best short film.
Click here for the full tally and individual lists.