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Nora Aunor Wins Int'l Critics' Award in Venice for 'Thy Womb'

Posted on September 8, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Superstar Nora Aunor won the Bisato d' Oro Award (Golden Eel Award) for her performance in the movie Thy Womb (Sinapupunan) which is currently competing at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.

Nora Aunor and Brillante Mendoza at the Red Carpet of Venice International Film Festival (photo courtesy of Reuters)

The said award was given by an independent award giving body in Venice, the Premio Della Critica Indipendente which consists of a jury of independent film critics. Although the Bisato d' Oro Award was given by top critics not associated with the Venice Filmfest award-giving body, this could boost Nora's chances of winning the Volpi Cup, the best actress award in the said film festival.

Nora Aunor bags the Golden Eel Award in Venice given by top critics of the said film festival
Nora Aunor showing her Bisato d' Oro (Golden Eel)
award with Direk Dante Mendoza.
Being the first Filipina to win the Golden Eel Award, it was indeed a huge honor for Nora Aunor who said that it will just be a bonus winning an acting award since Thy Womb being invited to compete at the Venice Film Festival is already a big achievement.

Thy Womb, which is directed by Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, is up against 17 films vying for the Golden Lion award at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. After it was screened at the festival last Thursday, the cast received a  standing ovation which lasted for more than 5 minutes.

Also starring Lovi Poe. Mercedes Cabral and Bembol Roco, Thy Womb tells the story of Shaleha (Nora Aunor), an infertile midwife who plays a match-maker to her husband Bangas-An (Bembol Roco) after struggling of giving him his own child. 

Aside from Thy Womb, Nora Aunor's Himala was also screened at the 69th Venice International Film Festival together with other restored films through its Venizia Classici.

Watch the trailer of Thy Womb (Sinapupunan) below:

Photo courtesy of Lovi Poe via Instagram
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