MANILA, Philippines -- The internationally acclaimed Brillante Mendoza film starring Nora Aunor has been graded "A" by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).
"Thy Womb," directed by Brillante Mendoza, stars Aunor (above) as a Badjao midwife.
The line producer of "Thy Womb," Larry Castillo, announced the news Tuesday via micro-blogging site Twitter.
Also starring Lovi Poe, Mercedes Cabral and Bembol Roco, "Thy Womb" is among the eight film entries to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival that will hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.
Before it premiered before a Filipino audience in late November in Davao, the film was screened in a number of international film festivals, including the one in Venice, Italy and its counterpart in Toronto, Canada.
Among its latest victories from international award-giving bodies are two from the 6th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, where it won Achievement in Directing for Mendoza, and Best Performance by an Actress for Aunor.
Alternately titled "Sinapupunan," the film tells the story of a Badjao midwife (Aunor) whose own infertility prompts her to find a surrogate mother to have a child with her husband.
Set in the scenic island province of Tawi Tawi in Mindanao, "Thy Womb," according to Mendoza in an earlier interview, is "about unconditional love."
"Pag sinabi mong unconditional love, sa atin, hindi mo maa-associate 'yan sa mga Muslim brothers, but this is actually based on a real life story, so totoo siya," Mendoza said.