MANILA, Philippines - Raymond Red's "Himpapawid" dominated the Young Critics' Circle (YCC) for film year 2010 after it bagged awards in five of six categories.
The film, which tells the story of a deranged hijacker, was voted Best Film of the Year, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Visual Design, Best Film Editing and Best Performance for Raul Arellano.
YCC cited "Himpapawid" for "intelligently plunging into the ironies and complexities of interstitial spaces left open by the tensive relations between social injustice and individual redemption."
"The film succeeds in investigating the poignant circularity of humanity's convoluted fall -- which draws us into reframing the materiality of the human condition, in general, and the impoverishment of Filipinos, in particular, all in terms simultaneously dialectic, cyclical and spiral," it said in a statement.
The film won over two other nominees: Remton Siega Zuasola's "Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria" and Jerrold Tarog's "Punenarya," an episode of the film "Shake, Rattle and Roll 12."
YCC said it drew its selection from both regular and non-regular releases in Philippine cinema last year.
The group added that a schedule for the awards presentations has yet to be arranged.
Established in 1990, YCC is composed of members of academe from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University.