MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) - Director Brillante Mendoza once again captured the hearts of international audiences as his movie "Thy Womb" received a standing ovation after it was screened at the 69th Venice International Film Festival on Thursday.
"#THYWOMB gets Standing Ovation at #Venezia69 premiere! Congratulations @brillante_ma mendoza, Nora Aunor and the whole Thy Womb delegation!," Howard Yambao, Mendoza's staff, posted on Twitter.
The standing ovation lasted for about ten minutes, until the Philippine delegation left the cinema in Venice.
Topbilled by veteran actress Nora Aunor, "Thy Womb" is one of the entries in the Main Competition Section of the annual film festival, which runs until September 8.
Aunor, Mendoza, and actresses Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral walked the red carpet on Thursday for the premiere screening of the film, alternately titled "Sinapupunan," at the historical Sala Grande theater in Venice.
"The Superstar" wore a fuschia terno designed by Nono Palmos.
Before the premiere screening of "Thy Womb," the cast and production team of the Golden Lion contender were interviewed as a panel before members of the international press.
Also slated for a local commercial release later this year, the film is centered around Aunor's character, a midwife coping with her own infertility.
Before leaving for Venice on Tuesday night, Aunor said being recognized with an award for her portrayal in the film would only be a bonus.
"Ngayon, makasali lang 'yung pelikula nating 'Thy Womb,' ako'y masaya na. Siguro kung meron mang [award], mas masaya," she said.
"Finally magkasama rin kami ni Ate Guy dito," Mendoza said on Tuesday night. "Parang kailan lang nagsasagwan lang kami sa Tawi-Tawi (setting of 'Thy Womb). Ngayon, ibang tubig namin ang sasagwanan namin."
"Thy Womb" is not the only film to make to this year's Venice film fest.
According to Aunor, she will also watch the Venice screening of "Himala," the 1982 film classic directed by Ishmael Bernal, where she portrayed what would become her most iconic role, Elsa.
"Himala" will be screened in restored high-definition quality at the annual film fest program "Venizia Classici."