MANILA, Philippines -- Veteran actress Nora Aunor will be seen in two films at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, and she will be there to witness it firsthand as she visits the Italian city.
"Excited po ako na makakarating kami sa Venice, at maka-attend ng Venice film festival. Masaya ako dahil dalawa 'yung pelikula doon na mapapanood ng ating mga kababayan doon," Aunor told reporters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday night, when she left for Venice.
The Ishmael Bernal classic and Aunor-starrer "Himala" will be screened in restored high definition quality at the annual film fest program "Venizia Classici."
"Ay, napakaganda," Aunor said of the restoration efforts for "Himala," which was spearheaded by the ABS-CBN Restoration Project in partnership with Central Digital Lab Inc.
"Syempre papanoorin ko ulit. Kasi hindi ko pa napapanood 'yung restored movie," she added.
Aunor's latest film, "Thy Womb," is one of the entries in the Main Competition Section of the Venice Film Festival, which runs until September 8.
"Thy Womb," directed by Brillante Mendoza, is among the 18 contenders for the Golden Lion award, the highest prize given to a film at the Venice International Film Festival.
The Brillante Mendoza-directed independent film is also among the 18 contenders for the Golden Lion award, the highest prize given to a film at the yearly gathering in Italy.
Slated for a local commercial release later this year, "Thy Womb," alternately titled "Sinapupunan," is centered around Aunor's character, a midwife coping with her own infertility.
Asked if she expects recognition from the award-giving body, Aunor said:
"Sa ngayon, makasali lang 'yung pelikula nating 'Thy Womb,' ako'y masaya na. Siguro kung meron mang [award], mas masaya."
Also representing the Philippines in the Venice filmfest are Mendoza and actresses Mercedes Cabral and Lovi Poe.