This year’s most acclaimed Filipino film, Heneral Luna, has just been selected by the Film Academy of the Philippines as the official entry to the 2016 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The film, which opened nationwide on September 9, is directed by Jerrold Tarog (Sana Dati, The Confessional) and stars John Arcilla in the title role, with an ensemble cast that includes JoemBascon, Archie Alemania, Alex Medina, Mon Confiado, Nonie Buencamio, Arron Villaflor, EpyQuizon, Art Acuna, Jun-Jun Quintana, MyleneDizon, Bing Pimentel, with the special participation of Paulo Avelino.
A production of Artikulo Uno, in partnership with Tuko and Buchi Boy Films, Heneral Luna, is executive-produced by Fernando Ortigas and produced by Eduardo Rocha.
Said both Ortigas and Rocha on Monday when the good news came through, “We are both overjoyed by this great news. There are no words for the tremendous pride and honor that we feel, with the film being chosen to officially represent our country to the Oscars. In a way, it’s most fitting, because this film celebrates us all as a nation, in the richest and most complex of ways. With the movie-going public coming behind us, and now this, there is very little to nothing that we can complain about. Sure, it would help if the movie made all its money back soon. But what we have right now is something that not even money can buy. And for this we are most grateful.”
The announcement coincides with the upcoming theatrical release of Heneral Luna in the United States in October and November.