The independent movie “Women of the Weeping River” dominated the 40th Gawad Urian as it bagged this year’s Best Film and five more awards given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino on Thursday night.
Sheron Dayoc received this year’s Best Direction and Best Screenplay for his work on Women of the Weeping River. The film, which likewise bagged the Best Cinematography and Best Editing nods, tells the story of women in a remote Muslim community facing an escalating blood feud that stretches back generations. It is produced by Southern Lantern Studios, Haut Lesmains, and TBA.
Paolo Ballesteros was hailed as Urian Best Actor for “Die Beautiful,” while Hasmine Kilip emerged as Best Actress for “Pamilya Ordinaryo.”
Meanwhile, Christian Bables bagged the Best Supporting Actor also for Die Beautiful, while Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-Dans was declared Best Supporting Actress for Women of the Weeping River.
The highlight of the awards was when Star for All Seasons and eight-time Urian Best Actress awardee Vilma Santos was honored with the Natatanging Gawad Urian lifetime achievement award. She was cited for her incredible performances in “Relasyon,” “Broken Marriage,” “Sister Stella L,” “Ipagpatawad Mo,” “Bata, Bata… Pa’no Ka Ginawa,” “Pahiram ng Isang Umaga,” “Dahil Mahal Kita: The Dolzura Cortez Story,” and “Dekada ’70.”
This year marks Gawad Urian’s 40th year in the industry. The winners were chosen by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino composed of reputable pillars in Philippine cinema led by its chairman Tito Genova Valiente together with members Rolando Tolentino, Grace Javier Alfonso, Butch Francisco, Mario Hernando, National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, Miguel Rapatan, Benilda Santos, Nicanor Tiongson and Lito Zulueta.