Marilou Diaz-Abaya

Marilou Diaz- Abaya

A multi-awarded director, she was one of the most prominent Filipino filmmakers of her time. She produced a multitude of films in a span of over two decades, some of which are still memorable even to this day. Her works deal with social issues, some of which have have been going for decades if not centuries. Among her most prominent works are Tankikala (1980), Milagros (1997), Jose Rizal (1998), and Muro Ami (1999).

Full Length

Bagong buwan

Bagong Buwan (2001)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Producers

Gregg de Guzman … line producer
Marilou Diaz-Abaya … producer
Socrates B. Jose … line producer (as Soc Jose)
Margie Moran-Floirendo … executive producer
Niña Romualdez … producer
Malou N. Santos … executive producer
Charo Santos-Concio … executive producer

Screenplay
Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Ricky Lee and
Jun Lana

 

Synopsis
A Muslim doctor returns to his home land where the Philippine military is at war against the MILF While he endeavors to lead his family and other civilians to safety, he struggles to reconcile his professional and religious principles.

Cast

Cesar Montano
Caridad Sanchez
Amy Austria
Jericho Rosales
Ronnie Lazaro
Jhong Hilario
Carlo Aquino
Jiro Manio
Nonie Buencamino
Jodi Sta. Maria
Cris Daluz
Bryan Homecillo

Role

Director

Awards

2002 FAMAS Awards

Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress (Caridad Sanchez)
Best Child Actor (Jiro Manio)
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Musical Score
Best Sound

2002 FAP Awards Philippines

Best Supporting Actress (Caridad Sanchez)
Best Production Design

Muro Ami

Muro Ami (1999)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House

GMA Films

Screenplay

Ricky Lee, Jun Lana

Synopsis

Fredo (Cesar Montano) is a fisherman who has endured more than his share of hardship in life; his wife and child both perished in a boating accident, and today Fredo approaches each trip to the sea with the angry determination of a man out for revenge. Fredo commands a crew of young people from poor families as he takes his rattletrap ship into the ocean in search of fish that live along the reefs, snaring catch with an illegal netting system. Not all of Fredo’s youthful sailors are willing to put up with his abusive arrogance, however, and even his father Dado (Pen Medina) and close friend Botong (Jhong Hilario) have grown weary of Fredo’s tirades. Fredo’s body is beginning to betray him as well, and as he and his crew damage the sea’s reef beds in search of fish, no one is certain how much longer he will be able to continue.

Cast

Cesar Montano
Pen Medina
Jhong Hilario
Amy Austria
Rebecca Lusterio
Jerome Sales
Teodoro Penaranda Jr.
Walter Pacatang
Ranilo Boquil
Cris Vertido
Gigi Agustin
Erwin Sevilla
Policarpo Araula

Role

Director

Awards

2000 FAMAS

Best Picture
Best Child Actress (Rebecca Lusterio)
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Sound

1999 Metro Manila Film Festival

Best Director
Best Supporting Actor (Pen Medina)
Best Child Performer (Rebecca Lusterio)
Best Story
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Musical Score
Best Sound Recording
Best Visual Effects

2000 Star Awards for Movies

Supporting Actor of the Year (Jhong Hilario)
Child Performer of the Year (Rebecca Lusterio)
New Movie Actress of the Year (Rebecca Lusterio)
Cinematographer of the Year
Musical Scorer of the Year
Sound Engineer of the Year

Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal (1998)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Screenplay

Ricky Lee, Jun Lana, Peter Ong Lim

Synopsis

Jose Rizal’s life and works are recounted through a series of non-linear flashbacks which reflect on various aspects of his life – as writer, propagandist, lover, friend, brother, doctor, and the man that inspired a revolution.

Cast

Cesar Montano
Joel Torre
Jaime Fabregas
Gloria Diaz
Teodora Alonso
Gardo Versoza
Monique Wilson
Chin Chin Gutierrez
Mickey Ferriols 

Role

Director

Milagros

Milagros (1997)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House

Merdeka Films

Screenplay

Rolando Tinio

Role

Milagros is a prostitute who becomes the maid of a family of four men. With them, she finds the family she never had. With her, each man finds the salvation he needs. Together, they begin to tear each other apart.

Role

Sharmaine Arnaiz
Dante Rivero
Joel Torre
Raymond Bagatsing
Nonie Buencamino

Role

Director

Awards

1998 Gawad Urian Awards

Best Picture
Best Direction
Best Actor (Raymond Bagatsing)
Best Supporting Actress (Elizabeth Oropesa)
Tied with Maricel Laxa for Minsan lamang magmamahal (1997)
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Music
Best Sound

1998 Star Awards for Movies

Supporting Actor of the Year
(Nonie Buencamino)

1998 Young Critics Circle

Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Best Achievement in Sound and Aural Orchestration

Karnal

Karnal (1983)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House

Cine Suerte

Producer

Benjamin Yalung

Screenplay

Ricky Lee

Plot

“Isang matandang dalaga (Solis) na nasa kalagitnaan ng gulang, na gumaganap bilang tagapagsalaysay, ay inilantad ang kalunos-lunos na drama ng isang kilalang pamilya na pinumunuan ng isang mayaman na may-ari ng lupa.

Ang bagong kasal na Narcing (Salvador) at Puring (Castillo) ay dumatal mula sa lungsod upang manirahan sa tinubuang bayan ng lalaki ng Mulawin. Ang kanyang ama, Gusting (Silayan), ay natimo sa pagkakahalintulad ni Puring sa kanyang pumanaw na asawa. Ang pagkakahalintulad ay nagtulak kay Gusting na halayin ang kanyang manugang. Gumawa siya ng sulong pagtatalik tungo kay Puring, na pinapakita niya ang kanyang hinanakit sa pamamagitan ng pagbubuyo kay Narcing sa pagiging higit na mapaggiit. Sa oras ding iyon, kinakailangang niya na maglatag na may ngitngit ng mga taga-baryo sa kanyang pagkakaibigan sa isang pipi’t bingi na si Gorio (Torre). sa marahas na alitang pampamilya na sumunod, nilusob ni Narcing ang kanyang ama na may mahabang kumpit na pampangangaso, pinugutan siya sa paraan.

Habang nasa bilangguan ang kanyang asawa, nanganak si Puring ng isang sumpong na sanggol na babae, na itinuturing ng mga taga-baryo na anak ng demonyo. Pagkatapos ilibing ang kanyang anak upang takasin ang mapalunging kalagayan, lumisang pabalik sa Puring sa lungsod kasama si Narcing na tumakas mula sa Piitan. Subalit hinuli siya ng mga awtoridad at nagpakamatay.

Ang tagapagpahayag ng salaysay ay nagbunyag ang kanyang kakilanlan bilang pamangkin nina Narcing at Puring. Ang kanyang ina na si Doray (Amilbangsa) ay kapatid na babae ni Narcing. Sapilitang pinakasalan ng kanyang ama na hindi niya ninais, mangyaring tumakas si Doray mula sa tahanan ng pamilya kasama ang kanyang talisuyo. Ganundin, biktima rin siya ng katibungan ng pamilya noong nakaraan.”

Cast

Charito Solis – Storyteller

Role

Director

Film Festival

FAMAS
FAP

Moral

Moral (1982)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House

Seven Stars Production

Screenplay

Ricky Lee

Plot

Joey, Kathy, Sylvia and Maritess are not only classmates — they are the best of friends. Joey is a drug user who sleeps around. Kathy is a mediocre singer who will stop at nothing to fulfill her dream of the big-time. Sylvia is a liberated woman who finds security in the love of her ex-husband who is now living in with another man. Maritess plays the role of a conventional housewife, who is reduced to a baby-making machine. In the span of three years — from 1979 to 1982 — the film traces the lives of these four women through their seemingly desperate but also interwoven experiences, and in their attempts to resolve their individual problems, are mirrored the different faces of the woman in our society today.

Cast

Lorna Tolentino

Role

Director

Awards

Best Supporting Actor (Juan Rodrigo)

Film Festival

FAMAS 1983

Brutal

Brutal (1980)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House

Bancom Audiovision

Producer

executive producer – Rolando S. Atienza

Screenplay

Ricky Lee

Plot

“Binigyan ng kulay ng mga taga-medya ang pagbabalita ng nakakikilabot ng kasong pagpatay: ipinaratang si Monica Real (Austria) sa pagpatay ng kanyang asawa at ang dalawang iba pang kalalakihan sa kanyang bahay-paupahan sa Maynila. Sa kulungan, lubos na inurong n Monica mula sa daigdig at tumangging magsalita kahit sa kanyang abogado.

Si Clara Valdez (Santos), isang masigasig na mamamahayag, ay walang takot na tiniyak na alamin kung ano talaga ang nangyari. Bilang makababae, tinanggihan ni Clara sa pagtanggap ng kabiguan ni Monica na walang bista mula sa kanyang panig. Habang hindi nakikipagtulungan si Monica, naghanap ng matatanungan si Clara ng mga iba pang sinumang maaaring magluno ng liwanag sa kanyang nakaraan.

Sinabi ni Aling Charing (Bautista), ina ni Monica, kay Clara na hinubog niya ang kanyang anak na babae sa paraang ayon sa pinagkakasunduan, pinaghandaan siya para sa pag-aasawa at ang tungkulin bilang asawa at ina ng tahanan. Malamyos at mapagmagahal na anak si Monica at hindi nagbibigay ng anumang sakit sa ulo sa kanyang ina.

Ang pamilya ni Tato (Ilagan), asawa ni Monica, ay depensibo. Subali’t nalaman ni Valdez na si Tato ay laki sa layaw, mapusok, at mahilig sa mga silakbo ng dahas. Kapwa siya at si Monica ay sapilitang nagpakasal nang nabuntis si Monica pagkatapos gahasahin siya ni Tato.

Si Cynthia (Alejar) ay isang pasumalang na malapi na kaibigan ni Monica. Walang malay si Monica nang palihim na may hinanankit si Cynthia sa kanya dahil sa pagiging hindi siya ganoon na si Cynthia. Si Cynthia na binudlong si Tato na gahasahin si Monica, ay nagsabi sa kanya na si Monica ay palihim na umiibig sa kanya.

Ang tunay na dahilan sa likod ng tatluhag pagpatay ay nagbukang liwayway kay Clara nang paunti-unti. Sumuong siya kay Monica. Sinakmal nang lubos ni Monica ang kanyang nakatutulig na katahimikan, humagulgol, at tiniyak ang mga pinaghihinalaan ni Clara nang mula’t sapul. Biktima si Monica ng karahasan ng mga kalalakihan. Sina Tato at ang kanyang dalawang kaibigan, lulon sa alak at droga, ay dinadala sa mga inog na magagahasa siya. Nang sila’y lumipas ang kanilang walang malay sa kabaghanan ng pagkainom, nilaslas ni Monica ang kanilang pulso at iniwan silang dumugo hanggang sa kamatayan.[1]”

Cast

Amy Austria as Monica Real

Role

Director

Awards

Best Director

Film Festival

MMFF 1980

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