Aparisyon, the independent film starred by Jodi Sta. Maria and Mylene Dizon, won the Audience Award at the 15th Deauville Asian Film Festival. It was the first such award handed out since the festival started in 1999.
Aparisyon was cited for “its profound reflection on sin, guilt, faith — rooted in a specific historical and political context, highlighted by a sophisticated mise-en-scène.”
The indie film is a psychological drama that was set in the pre-martial law days. It also stars Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Raquel Villavicencio and Rustica Carpio, and was directed by Vincent Sandoval.
It was first exhibited at the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival as part of its New Breed category. It was the festival’s winner for Best Sound.
Last October, it won the NETPAC Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
On March 28-30, it will be exhibited at the first Asean International Film Festival in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Before that, though, it will have a commercial release in the Philippines (Metro Manila and Cebu) beginning March 20.
Meanwhile, major winners of the Deauville Asian Film Festival include Best Film - ID, Kamal KM (India); Critics Prize - Taboor, Vahid Vakilifar (Iran); and Jury Prize - Four Stations, Boonsong Nakphoo (Thailand) and Mai Ratima, Yoo Ji-tae (South Korea).