I am regretful at present time for the reason that I never took the opportunity to watch Ded na si Lolo during it’s one week screening in Robinsons Movieworld months ago. Had I seen it, I would have have lots to say now that the Film Academy of the Philippines (the organization behind Luna Awards) has chosen it to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the world’s most prestigious award giving body for movies- the Oscars.
Ded na si Lolo, one of the six movies produced by APT Entertainment and the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI) through its Sine Direk project, was chosen among the 12 other films screened by the committee. Together with Ded na si Lolo, Lola helmed by Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, Jay of Cinemalaya and Star Cinema’s In My Life made it to the final four.
Basing it from the film’s trailer and some film reviews from trusted critics, I would say FAP’s choice this year is not a big surprise. With more or less P2 million budget, Director Soxie Topacio and the rest of the gang behind Ded na si Lolo came up with a film more than 10x its worth. Its box-office success after almost a month of screening at the local cinemas can attest to it.
I am crossing my fingers each year that our entry will at least be short listed in the category which remains a dream for us since 1953 when we started to take part in the competition. We have produced champions in the boxing arena, beauty queens in international pageants, a Best Director in Cannes Film Festival. We also have penetrated the world music scene through Charice, Arnel Pineda, Apl de Ap and Freddie Aguilar. I hope this year we could earn our first nod from the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Arts (AMPAS) who gives the most coveted Oscar trophies.