Nora Aunor bags Best Actress in foreign language film award at French film festival

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Superstar Nora Aunor won as best actress in a foreign language film for the movie “Dementia” at Saint Tropez International Film Festival in Nice, France on May 16.

The actress earned the recognition for her portrayal of Mara; a woman suffering from dementia.

“Dementia,” megged by Perci Intalan, also won the Best Foreign Language Film award in the same film festival.

Intalan accepted the Best Actress for a foreign language film award on behalf of Nora Aunor as the superstar was unable to attend the awarding ceremony held at a hotel in Nice.

Intalan was estatic when he announced on Instagram the recognitions his film received. He wrote: “Thank you #StTropezIFF!!! Congratulations Team Dementia and Ms. Nora Aunor!!! And THANK YOU GOD FOR THESE WONDERFUL BLESSINGS!!!!! #DementiaMovie #MabuhayAngPelikulangPilipino.”

The young movie director considered winning the best foreign language film a great bonus; saying he was already content when Nora Aunor won.

“I am so glad to win two awards. I was already content when Ate Guy (Aunor’s nickname) won.” Winning best foreign language film was a great bonus, especially since I initially felt daunted by the other competing filmmakers after meeting them at the awards night,” he said.

Aunor said her award is a special birthday gift (she’ll be 62 on May 21) and a great send-off present before her trip to Cannes where her movie “Taklub,” directed by Brillante Mendoza, is competing in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes International Film Festival.

Meanwhile, another Filipino actor, Emilio Garcia, was also recognized in Saint Tropez International Film Festival as Best Actor in a foreign language film for the movie “Magkakabaung” (The coffin maker) directed by Jason Paul Laxamana.