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).

Bagong Buwan (2001)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

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, Best Child Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Sound
2002 FAP Awards Best Supporting Actress, Best Production Design

Muro Ami (1999)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Muro Ami (1999)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

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

Production House
GMA Films

Awards
2000 FAMAS Best Picture, Best Child Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound
1999 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Child Performer, 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, Child Performer of the Year, New Movie Actress of the Year, Cinematographer of the Year, Musical Scorer of the Year, Sound Engineer of the Year

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

Production House
GMA Films

Awards
2000 FAMAS Best Picture, Best Child Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound
1999 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Child Performer, 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, Child Performer of the Year, New Movie Actress of the Year, Cinematographer of the Year, Musical Scorer of the Year, Sound Engineer of the Year

Jose Rizal (1998)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

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 (1997)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
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.

Cast
Sharmaine Arnaiz
Dante Rivero
Joel Torre
Raymond Bagatsing
Nonie Buencamino

Role
Director

Production House
Merdeka Films

Awards
1998 Gawad Urian Awards Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Music, Best Sound
1998 Star Awards for Movies Supporting Actor of the Year
1998 Young Critics Circle Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Sound and Aural Orchestration

Milagros (1983)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
A woman from the city moves to the countryside with her new husband.

Cast
Charito Solis
Phillip Salvador
Vic Silayan
Joel Torre
Cecille Castillo

Role
Director

Production House
Sine Suerte

Moral (1982)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
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
Gina Alajar
Sandy Andolong
Anna Martin

Role
Director

Production House
Seven Stars Production

Awards
1893 FAMAS Best Supporting Actor

Brutal (1980)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
A woman after killing her husband and his friends goes into post-traumatic shock and withdraws from any form of communication. A feminist journalist becomes interested in the case and resolves to unravel the truth behind the murders.

Cast
Amy Austria
Gina Alajar
Charo Santos
Jay Ilagan
Johnny Delgado
Perla Bautista
Jonee Gamboa
Nelo Nayo

Role
Director

Production House
Bancom Audiovision

Awards
1980 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director

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