Brillante Mendoza's film "Thy Womb" has replaced "Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang" as one of the official entries for this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
A report from the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) said the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), through its Chairman Francis Tolentino, that the Nora Aunor-starrer will be competing, along with seven other films previously announced to compete.
Last Wednesday, Unitel Pictures and Studio 5 pulled out "Lola Basyang" because it will not be finished before the start of showing on Christmas Day.
Tolentino, who is also the chairman of the MMFF, said they will not return the deposit paid by the producers of "Lola Basyang" despite the back out.
"Yung Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, e, liable sila na magbayad ng fine na five hundred thousand [pesos]. E, matagal na panuntunan na po iyan," he said.
The report also added that aside from "Thy Womb," other films considered are Star Cinema's "Tuhog" and Director Adolf Alix, Jr.'s "My Prince Charming." Both films however would not meet the deadline, that's why "Thy Womb" was chosen.
"Thy Womb" was screened in several international film festivals and received nods from prestigious award-giving bodies, the latest of which is the Best Actress and Best Director nominations for Aunor and Mendoza at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Aside from "Thy Womb," the "Superstar" will also appear for another MMFF 2012 entry "El Presidente," with Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito.
In a statement, both Mendoza and Aunor expressed happiness for their film's inclusion at the annual filmfest.
[Photo: Mark Joseph Griswold via Inquirer]