Norte, offical PH entry at 2015 Oscars

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Another Philippine-produced movie will head to the world movie awards scene soon, as the critically-acclaimed opus “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (North, End of History)”  will represent the Philippines for the Best Foreign Language Film category in the 2015 Academy Awards for Movies.

Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Director General Leo Martinez made the formal announcement on Wednesday. Movie producer Moria Lang also confirmed the news to Inquirer.

According to Yahoo, the independently-produced motion picture has the credentials on being the country’s official bet for next year’s Oscars. ‘Norte‘ was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and topped the Best Film honors at the Pancevo International Film Fest in Serbia.

Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan's official movie poster (Photo credits: Wikipedia)
Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan’s official movie poster (Photo credits: Wikipedia)

The 250-minuter drama also emerged victorious at the International Cinephile Society awards, the Cinemanila International Film Festival—where Lav Diaz earned his Best Director award, and the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival.

Prior to setting the premier stage in the country, Norte had 10 nominations in the 2014 Gawad Urian Awards, and won four trophies including the Best Picture.

Angeli Bayani won the Best Actress category while Diaz and Rody Vera were lauded for Best Screenplay and Lauro Rene Manda for best Cinematography.

Also competing for the Best Foreign Language honors were Mommy (Canada) Two Days, One Night (Belgium), The Red Moon (Morocco), The Light Shines Only There (Japan), Cantinflas (Mexico), and Saint Laurent (France) to name a few.

Upon making it to the list, movie executives will have until October 1 to submit their requirements. From there, the Academy will announce the list of eligible submissions later that month, and the screening process takes over until they announce the five finalists for the category by January 2015.

Norte stars Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, and Archie Alemania, with Soliman Cruz, Mae Paner, Angelina Kanapi and Hazel Orencio.

Last year, Hannah Espia’s Cinemalaya entry “Transit” was the Philippines’ official representative for the 86th Oscars, but failed to make it on the official nominations list.