MANILA, Philippines – Despite reaping major honors at the recent 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Awards Night, the internationally acclaimed film "Thy Womb" is losing further screening opportunities across participating theaters.
As of Saturday, the film by Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza is having limited run in some 13 cinemas, including:
Nora Aunor stars in Brillante Mendoza's "Thy Womb"
Greenbelt 3, Makati City; Robinsons Galleria, Mandaluyong City; SM Bacoor, Cavite; SM Sta. Mesa, Manila; SM Manila; SM Megamall, Mandaluyong; SM North EDSA, Quezon City; Festival Supermall, Muntinlupa City; Gateway Mall, QC; Powerplant Mall, Makati; Sta. Lucia Mall, Cainta; Liana's Alabang, Muntinlupa; and Liana's Pasig.
At the closing of screening of MMFF entries last Tuesday (opening day), the Nora Aunor-starrer ranked last in the list of the highest earning participating movies, with only a little over P900,000 for its first-day gross.
In comparison, the single-day gross of the top-earner, "Sisterakas", was at P39.1 million.
Due to its poor box office performance, which Mendoza attributed to it being an "alternative film," "Thy Womb" has since been pulled out from a number of theaters in Metro Manila, dwindling its number of screening cinemas to 27 on Thursday from the initial 44.
According to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, MMFF requires participating theaters in Metro Manila to give equal screening opportunities to all film entries at the start of the film fest. The number of screenings per film, however, may be subject to "sliding" or adjustment based on the earnings of each movie.
The MMFF runs in local theaters until January 8, 2013.
Dubbed as Philippine cinema's "Superstar," Aunor bagged her eighth Best Actress trophy from the MMFF on Thursday during the awards night held at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas.
Aside from Aunor's Best Actress trophy, "Thy Womb" was also recognized at the 38th MMFF with the following awards: Best Director (Mendoza), Best Production Design (Mendoza), Best Original Story (Henry Burgos), Gender Sensitivity Award, and the Gatpuno Villegas Award.
Before it earned a last-minute slot in the local film fest, "Thy Womb" reaped several recognitions from international award-giving bodies, including the Toronto International Film Festival and its counterpart in Venice, Italy.