"Himala" chosen as Best Asia-Pacific Film

Nora Aunor played Elsa the visionary in the film Himala. This 1982 film directed by Ishmael Bernal from the script of Ricky Lee was recently named the Best Asia-Pacific Film of all Time during the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The tale of a provincial girl who becomes a faith healer isvoted as the Best Asia-Pacific Film of all Time. Ishmael Bernal's film Himala,starring Nora Aunor,bested nine other Asian movies in the online pollconducted by the Cable News Network entertainment website from October untilNovember 11.

The 1982 Filipino movie Himala competed against otherclassics from the Asia-Pacific, namely Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China),The Seven Samurai (Japan), Chungking Express (China), InternalAffairs (Hong Kong), Gabbeh (Iran), Gallipoli (Australia), SpiritedAway (Japan), Pather Panchali (India), and Old Boy (South Korea).

Himala's CNN APSA Viewers Choice Award was givenduring a special ceremony held yesterday, November 11, on the Gold Coast,Queensland, Australia.

The awards night was attended by more than 700 film industryluminaries from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States.

Another Filipino film, the Cinemalaya entry Pisay,was nominated in the Best Children's Feature Film category of the secondedition of the APSA. However, it lost to the Australian film The BlackBalloon.

Thirty two (32) films representing 17 countries were finalists in the APSA,with winners coming from Kazakhstan, Israel, Republic of Korea, Australia,Turkey, Islamic Republic of Iran, People's Republic of China and India receivedhonors during the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is an internationalcultural initiative of the State Government of Queensland, Australia, throughQueensland Events Corporation and was first staged in 2007.

With the help of CNN, UNESCO and the InternationalFederation of Film Producers Associations, APSA acclaims films that bestreflect cultural origins and cinematic excellence across the Asia-Pacificregion. This year APSA screened 180 films.





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