Dagitab tops 2014 local film poll; lead actress takes top acting honors

Dagitab, Giancarlo Abrahan’s debut feature about two intellectuals whose marriage is tested by the husband’s memory of a past lover and the wife’s dalliance with a precocious student, tops Pinoy Rebyu’s 4th Annual Poll of the best in Philippine cinema, as voted by online film reviewers, while Eula Valdes’ portrayal of the wife embroiled in an extramarital scandal is voted best lead performance.

dagitabstill3Dagitab also took the top prizes for best screenplay (Abrahan), best first feature, best cinematography (Rommel Sales), and best scene (for the much-talked about beach scene).

Dagitab topped Lav Diaz’s pre-Martial Law drama Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (2nd best film) and Sigrid Bernardo’s dramedy on elderly romance Lorna (3rd best film). Valdes edged out Shamaine Buencamino’s turn as a senior citizen longing for love in Lorna (2nd best lead performance), and Eugene Domingo’s take on an abused rural wife in Barber’s Tales (3rd best lead performance).

Barbie Forteza’s portrayal of a high school student abandoned by her mother in Mariquina was adjudged best supporting performance, edging out two performances by Gladys Reyes: as a hard-hearted mother in Magkakabaung and as a battered wife who gets her comeuppance in Barber’s Tales, with both performances tying for second place.

Jun Lana was voted best director for Barber’s Tales, which also topped the best editing category for Lawrence Ang. Meanwhile, the music for Mariquina was voted best score or soundtrack.

Babyruth Villarama’s Little Azkals was picked as best documentary, while Petersen Vargas’ Lisyun Qng Geografia was chosen best short film.

For the 2014 poll, 11 film writers participated, although for the best film category, published lists of three more reviewers were included in the tally. Click HERE for the full tally and individual ballots.

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