GMA Network gem, 15-year-old Teri Malvar found herself in unfamiliar but friendly territory when ABS-CBN’s cable movie channel Cinema One held a victory party for the team behind the internationally-awarded movie Hamog.
Hamog was an entry to the annual Cinema One Originals independent film festival and competition, where Malvar plays the lead.
As earlier reported by The Manila Times, Malvar won the St. George Prize for Best Actress at the Moscow International Film Festival in Russia for her role, and is considered as the youngest Filipino actress to win a Best Actress Award in an A-list film festival.
Malvar was also a recipient of the 2016 Screen International Rising Star Asia award in the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). She was recognized for her performances in “daring roles that have expanded the range of contemporary Philippine cinema.”
Indeed, Cinema One Originals’ Hamog has taken the international scene by storm after its back-to-back-to-back recognition in three different international film festivals early this year.
A special screening was held in its honor at the Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN Main Building which, besides Malvar, was attended by the film’s cast and production crew, guests from Cinema One, and ABS-CBN executives and employees.
Directed by Ralston Jover, Hamog won the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Golden Goblet award at the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival.
It was the festival’s centerpiece presentation.
“I guess the reason why Hamog has all these recognition is because it has a different appeal to a lot of viewers because of its authenticity, strong characters, social relevancy in a no-judgment take,” said Jover.
Canadian Director Atom Egoyan said the jury members in Shanghai related to the emotional core of the twin-bill stories about young adults initiation in the hard knocks of reality. Emir Kustarica, another juror in Shanghai International Film Festival, praised its mis-en-scene and how all the elements were kept intact despite the increasing tension.
The Moscow press on the other hand compared the humanity of its first episode to the Oscar winner “Son of Saul.”
When asked what Ralston wants his audience to learn from his film, he said, “I want them to ask more questions after watching the film, be more curious with the social issue about the juvenile justice system in our country, which I think will get worse, since the age of criminal responsibility for minor offenders will be lowered to nine years old.”
It can be remembered that the award-winning film Hamog that revolves around a story on the lives of four street children who suddenly get caught in a web of consecutive and unforeseen tragedies, was a wild card choice for Cinema One Originals in 2014. Despite being a wild card, it reaped four recognition including Best Editing, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, and the coveted Jury Award at the 2015 Cinema One Originals awards night.
Cinema One Originals, an annual film festival organized by Cinema One channel has been spearheading the production of films that fully showcase the artistry, creativity, and talent of Filipino filmmakers. Alongside the full-length films made by today’s most creative Filipino directors, the film festival also features innovative short films, restored Filipino classics, and new works by globally renowned masters.