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The story of a family witnessing the brutalities of the Filipino government considered for nomination without the leverage of box office stats.
Additional research by Shirley Hsu
Director: Chito S. Rono
Screenwriter: Lualhati Bautista
Cinematographer: Neil Daza
Editor: Jess Navarro
Production Company: Star Cinema Productions
Year of Release: 2002
Dekada ‘70, originally an award winning novel by Lualhati Bautista, is the story of an average middle class family caught in the midst of the politically and socially tumultuous decade of the '70s, hence the name Dekada ‘70. The film depicts the struggle of the Bartolome family, which consists of a mother, Amanda (Vilma Santos) who much of the film centers on, her husband, and their five boys. We watch as they experience the traumatic decade of martial law in the
Chito Rono’s Dekada ‘70 made its world premier at the Asian American International Film Festival in June of 2003.
The film has also won numerous domestic awards. The Young Critics Circle voted Dekada ‘70 Best Film of the Year (2002), Best Screenplay, Best Sound and Best Performance in a tie between actress Vilma Santos (Amanda) and Piolo Pascual (Amanda’s eldest son). The Best Film of the Year award is reserved for the director, such that no separate prize for direction is needed. The Best Performance award is the most coveted as it is conferred on the performer whether male or female, adult or child, individual or ensemble in leading or supporting role.
Vilma Santos also received an award for Best Actress from Star Awards for Movies, Film Academy of The Philippines, and Gawad Urian Awards. Piolo Pascual also received an award for Best Supporting Actor from the Young Critics Film Circle, Metro Manila Film Festival, Star Awards for Movies,
The novel by Bautista won the Planaca Best Novel award in 1982 and was published in 1983.
The Process of Oscar Nominee Selection in the Philippines
Judging by the number of awards, one could easily classify Dekada ‘70 a success, but unfortunately box office figures are considered classified in the Philippines so it impossible to tell exactly how well the movie did domestically. However, Nonoy Lauzon of the University of Philippines Film Institute and president of the Young Critics Circle, which named Dekada ‘70 Best Film of the Year (2002), stated “Sources who request anonymity place the domestic take of Dekada ‘70 at P53, 962, 413 (in Philippine peso) or roughly 1.079 million in US dollars. For a Filipino film to be counted as a blockbuster, it must break the P100M mark.” So obviously, this was by no means a mega-hit, yet it was selected to represent the
A film is selected to be submitted for an Academy Award nomination by The Film Academy of the
While being submitted for possible nomination is surely gratifying to the makers of the film, only when it is actually nominated will Filipino films and their makers gain more credibility in the
Date Posted: 1/23/2004