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In Nomine Matris bagged Top Honors at Film Festival in New York City

IFFM Best Picture Awardee

International Film Festival Manhattan Best Picture Awardee, In Nomine Matris

Filipino film HUBO Productions’ IN NOMINE MATRIS (In the Name of the Mother) bagged top honors at the recently concluded International Film Festival Manhattan 2014 in New York City.  Director Will Fredo’s dance-drama was named Best Picture, and lead actress Liza Diño was named Best Actress.  Aside from the director and lead actress, the sold-out Opening Night and Encore presentations of the movie was attended by Executive Producer Greg Macaraeg, Marketing Producer Fernell Cruz, and world renowned Flamenco artist choreographer & actress Ms. Clara Ramona.

This is a momentous moment for the movie. In behalf of HUBO, Will Fredo, Greg Macaraeg, Ida Tiongson, Joan T. Manalang, Medwin Garcia, George Sommerrock, we share this honor to the entire cast, crew, patrons, and supporters of In Nomine Matris. Thank you to the audience of New York City, and the entire organization of the growing International Film Festival Manhattan.

Based on real life events, this heart-stomping and intense drama, In Nomine Matris (In the Name of the Mother) dares to capture the passion of women and their dance. At the same time the narrative pays homage to the Philippines’ Spanish heritage and culture.

In the heart of Metro Manila, Mara (Diño), a young dance protégé, seeks to land the principal part of a dance company that is helming a show named In Nomine Matris. On her quest to land the coveted break, a series of events turned her sense of meaning upside down and is faced with a life-changing decision. She turns to her mentor Mercedes (Ramona) and her mother Ava (Monsod) as she searches for answers in the beautifully loud and endlessly moving world she lives in.

The movie also features Jam Pérez, Maradee De Guzman, Bong Cabrera, Leo Rialp, and Joan Palisoc. Flamenco master Clara Ramona dance-choreographs and world jazz musician Bob Aves scores the film, fusing original Filipiniana and Flamenco movement and music.

 

WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING

“In Nomine Matris is the voice of the woman and the dance of her life. Intense and gripping, it is a marvelous fusion of flamenco and folk dances. In form and substance, this film is a winner. I cried in one scene. You gotta watch it.” ~ Marivir Montebon, NYC Executive Editor at OSM (Awesome Global Citizens online magazine)

“In Nomine Matris remains one of the most thematically daring and, ultimately, most visually compelling of films produced in this republic. Dance in this film is not merely an expression of a mood; dance in this film pushes the tale to a finish.” ~ From Tito Genova Valiente, “Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino” (Critics of Philippine Cinema), GAWAD URIAN (Critic’s Choice Awards)

“In Nomine Matris is the first local movie to feature flamenco as part of the story. It could very well be our official introduction to this classical Spanish dance with its elaborate footwork, arm, hand and body movements, sometimes with castanets or a fan.” ~ From Mario Bautista, Movie Critic and Columnist

“In Nomine Matris has a novel solution to most of its trickiest narrative hurdles: dance. It harnesses the heat and passion of flamenco as a means of expressing ideas and emotions that words are insufficient to carry. Whenever the characters arrive at an impasse, they strap on their dancing shoes and pound the dark away.” ~ From Philbert Ortiz Dy, Movie Critic for Click The City

International Film Festival Manhattan Opening Night attendees from the movie IN NOMINE MATRIS  (L-R) Producer Fernell Cruz, Actress Clara Ramona, Actress Liza Diño, Executive Producer Greg Macaraeg

International Film Festival Manhattan Opening Night attendees from the movie IN NOMINE MATRIS (L-R) Producer Fernell Cruz, Actress/Choreographer Clara Ramona, Actress Liza Diño, Executive Producer Greg Macaraeg

Utah Photographer Kim Guanzon shoots Hubo’s Will and Greg

Photography: Kim Guanzon:  www.kimguanzon.com
Grooming:  Laa Guanzon – www.makeupbylaa.com
Production: Chareen Valmonte, Ruth Din and Ferdinand Din
Art Direction: Roldan Din: www.roldandin.com

Teaser Images for “In Nomine Matris”

NEXT WAVE: Seattle Butoh Festival 2011

DAIPAN BUTOH is a perfomance collective formed to bring butoh to Seattle audiences. Our purpose is to devote our energy and talents to promote this deeply moving and evocative international performance movement that has been steadily growing in Seattle since the 1980s. Butoh is a creative force that arose out of the turmoil and confusion of Post World War II Japan.

I was officially “inducted” as a member of DAIPAN BUTOH COLLECTIVE here in Seattle this year, 2011. I’ve been dancing Butoh for more than 17 years now, and somehow the resurgence in my blood to continue dancing has been lit up for the past months now.

This art form is continually helping me discover a lot of things, physically and spiritually… and I think it is about time for me to share this enigmatic art with you guys. We all should be dancing, dancing with our lives! – Will Fredo

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Ganap na Babae

Starring: Mercedes Cabral, Sue Prado, Jam Pérez, Rome Mallari, Boots Anson Roa

Directors: Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos, Sarah Roxas
Writers: Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos, Sarah Roxas (Sarah Roxas’ screenplay is based on an article, “Minsan May Isang Puta” by Mike Portes)

“Ganap na Babae” is a film for women made by women directors: Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos and Sarah Roxas. A prostitute, two sisters, and a widow come together to tell their stories about womanhood.

A woman (Mercedes Cabral) shares her soul as a prostitute in front of the camera. A survivor, she looks back at her life as a mother.

Milagros (Sue Prado) and Elena (Jam Pérez) are sisters tilling “camote” (sweet potato) in a dry land. Poverty provokes Elena to migrate as a mail-order bride in Japan while Milagros stays to take care of the family.

Eos (Boots Anson Roa) is a widow who falls in love with a younger man, Rodrigo (Rome Mallari). They try to make the relationship work amidst the pressure of their family and the society.

Three stories are interwoven to see the plight of Filipino women from the sensitive eyes of three contemporary women directors.

Sa Pagdapo Ng Mariposa

Official Trailer

Starring: Joshua Deocareza and Marcus Madrigal with Liza Diño, CJ Mercado, Lily Chu, Jake Macapagal, Lynn Sherman, Mika Margolles, Miguel Castro, and Leo Rialp.

Written and Directed by Will Fredo

SA PAGDAPO NG MARIPOSA (At the Touch of a Butterfly) tells the story of Agustin Vergeire, a lustful sepak takraw player, who is badly injured causing paralysis in his lower part of the body. He is taken good care of by his caregiver, Carlito Mariposa, who is set to marry his girlfriend. The two, however, develop an unlikely attraction to each other and things get complicated as Carlito discovers his true self.

Sa Pagdapo ng Mariposa dares to ask the question of human nature versus nurture. The characters experience the tragedy of believing in what the heart dictates even under the most unfathomable situations. The ending of the movie should not be missed.