|Joel Torre and Kuh Ledesma in a key scene in the masterpiece 'Oro Plata Mata'
MANILA, Philippines – After the 1982 Ishmael Bernal classic "Himala," another Filipino movie classic from the 1980s will be restored in high-definition quality.
A restored version of Peque Gallaga’s debut movie, “Oro Plata Mata,” which was also released in 1982, will be the opening film of this year’s Cinema One Originals Festival on November 28, according to Cinema One channel head Ronald Arguelles.
“We will show ‘Oro,’ ‘Genghis Khan’ and, of course, ‘Himala’ with a 30th year documentary feature during the Originals festival,” Arguelles told ABS-CBNnews.com in a Facebook message.
The restored version of Himala was shown during the recent 69th Venice International Film Festival. Following its Italian debut, the Nora Aunor-starrer will also have a local release in cinemas before the end of the year.
“Himala” is the first film to be restored in HD quality by the ABS-CBN Restoration Project, in partnership with Central Digital Lab, Inc.
Leo Katigbak, head of ABS-CBN Film Archives, earlier announced that “Oro Plata Mata” will also be restored, along with several Star Cinema films including Olivia Lamasan’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and “Madrasta,” Laurice Guillen’s “Tanging Yaman,” Rory Quintos’ “Anak,” Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Bagong Buwan” and Chito Roño’s “Dekada ’70.”
Set in the province of Negros during World War II, “Oro Plata Mata” tells the story of how two haciendero families cope with the changes brought about by the war.
The title refers to the old superstition that staircases in a house should not end in a multiple of three, in keeping with a pattern of oro (gold), plata (silver) and mata (bad luck).
Similarly, the movie is divided into three parts: the first part shows the characters living a life of comfort in the city. When news erupted that the war is nearing the city, they took refuge in their provincial hacienda, where they still kept up with their luxurious lifestyle playing mah-jong. But as the Japanese forces advance closer, they are finally to a retreat deeper into the mountains, where they are victimized by guerrillas.
The ensemble cast included Sandy Andolong, Cherie Gil, Mitch Valdes, Lorli Villanueva, Liza Lorena, Ronnie Lazaro and Fides Cuyugan-Asencio. The movie also marked the screen debut of Joel Torre.
“Oro Plata Mata” won the 1982 Gawad Urian for best picture, direction, cinematography, production design, musical score and sound.