Sunday, September 21, 2008

HIMALA is among CNN's Best Asian Films Of All Time [news]

The Pinoy film classic HIMALA which was directed by Ishmael Bernal and stars Nora Aunor is included in what CNN UK considers as the Best Asian Films of All Time. This 1982 Pinoy film classic is about a young woman named Elsa, who believes that she had witnessed a Marian apparition and goes on a healing crusade. In the events that followed, the sleepy town where she lived in came to life as multitudes of faithful followers come to her for healing help and for prayers. But along with it comes the corruption of the town and the people, and what is revealed is nothing more than a circus of false spirituality. It is in this movie where one would find the famous lines by its main character played by Nora Aunor "Walang Himala!" The writer of the CNN article Mairi Mackay cites the film's "austere camera work, haunting score and accomplished performances sensitively portray the harsh social and cultural conditions that people in the third world endure." (click here to go to the article)

To those who have not yet seen this timeless classic, HIMALA is now available on DVD & VCD. If you don't have enough cash, go rent it at your nearest video rental shop. It really is worth it. (Hey check out this custom-made poster I made for HIMALA. It's just something I did a couple of months ago. You see, I bought the original DVD of HIMALA & I was not very happy with its DVD cover, so, I designed one)

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