MANILA, Philippines -- The local independent film “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” received two nominations for the 2012 Asian Film Awards on Tuesday, including one for Best Actress for the movie’s lead star Eugene Domingo.
The movie’s screenwriter Chris Martinez also scored a Best Screenplay nomination for the acclaimed indie film.
Actress Shamaine Buencamino, meanwhile, got a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the indie film “Nino.”
Directed by Marlon Rivera, “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” is a comedy about three filmmakers who want to make a film about poverty.
Domingo will be competing against India’s Vidya Balan for “The Dirty Picture,” Taiwan’s Michelle Chen for “You Are the Apple of My Eye,” Iran’s Leila Hatami for “A Separation” and Hong Kong’s Deanie Ip for “A Simple Life.”
Buencamino will face against Hong Kong’s Gwei Lun-mei for “The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate,” Thailand’s Cris Horwang for “Headshot,” Japan’s Mitsushima Hikari for “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” and China’s Yan Ni for “11 Flowers.”
Apart from “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank,” also up for Best Screenplay are “A Separation” (Iran), “Postcard” (Japan). “The Flowers of War” (China) and “Overheard 2” (Hong Kong).
Bid-budget films from Greater China dominated the nominations, led by the Hong Kong 3-D action film “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” with seven. The Christian Bale-starrer “The Flowers of War” from China had six.
The Asian Film Awards will be presented on March 19 in Hong Kong, with Singaporean director Eric Khoo heading the jury.