Boses Trailer 2 Updated
“Golden Screen Awards 2008: best film, direction, screenplay, actor, editing, music; Gawad Tanglaw Awards 2008 :best film, direction, screenplay; Star Awards 2008: best child actor, best musical score; Urian Awards 2008: nominated for best film, direction, screenplay, actor, music, cinematography.
Competed and exhibited in various festivals abroad: New York, Los Angeles,Boston, Hawaii, India, Korea, Hongkong, Geneva, Zurich,Spain,
Screening all over the country in schools, communities, parishes in partnership with various organizations.
“A moving tale about rebirth and the power of friendship, Boses is the latest cinematic work of veteran writer-director-producer Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil. She is best known for the award-winning film Mga Pusang Gala.
- >>sec link-interview with director, Ugnayan Newsletter, Phil. Cultural Society, United Nations
- Boses takes a grim situation (child abuse), matches it with high-art therapy (classical music), and unfolds the narrative with a strong dose of pleasure, as startling in its effectiveness as it is unexpected, given the nature of its material. In this manner the film betokens not just some of the best moments of the local industry, but also that of Classical Hollywood.
- With Boses, director hewed closely to what Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal, misrecognized among indie filmmakers as foreign-festival and anti-mass audience innovators, struggled to achieve throughout their extensive careers: the unapologetic catering to spectatorial pleasure alongside their inevitably intelligent handling of material.
Portions from Joel David’s Review, Oct.13,2008, Phil. Daily Inquirer>>Read more
- BOSES will soothe the uneasy, fearful, troubled breast … The story tackles child abuse, healing, and friendship-without being preachy and didactic. Never has a local movie integrated social advocacy and the promotion of classical music so seamlessly, movingly, and beautifully.
- At the end, a rousing ovation was given the movie (the foreigners had risen, too) and the crowd started to chant Onyok’s name and Julian stood with pride and went onstage. Like Pacquaio at the end of a well-fought match, he stood at the center, crossed his arms and looked straight into the lenses of the cameras that had flocked around him. Standing far away, I knew that the audience recognized genius and was giving it its proper recognition.”
– Rica Bolipata, Phil. Star
- The film got three minutes of standing ovation. Four encore applause during the end credits. Two national artists cheering for more. And 1,800 people shouting “bravo!”.BOSES is one of the best films in Cinemalaya this year .The film is close to perfection…. the direction was flawless….. Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil was able to put everything together to create a masterpiece.
-Cinemanyak Dennis blog, July 2008
- Our primary concern is battling the feeling of hopelessness and desperation in our community. Tondo, in particular, is “the perfect place” for showing the film.
-Joyce Alcoreza , Tondo Asenso Foundation
“The film is made even more compelling by the stirring performances turned in by the boy who plays Onyok, Davao, Picache – and most of all, by Bolipata, who moves us not only with his unexpectedly felt and insightful portrayal but also with his musical performance, which is an overwhelming experience.”
– Nestor Torre, PDI
“… has powerful emotional appeal, electrifying musical scenes and intrinsic moral values which raise it several cuts above the average movie.”
- Rosalinda Orosa, Phil. Star, Columnist
If there is anything that comes to near perfection-as a film that is-I’d say it is Boses.
Butch Francisco , Philippine Star, September 6,2008-12-03
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“A FASCINATING and lyrical approach to story telling about one of the most vicious of sins and crimes-that of child abuse. “Boses” is a film that paves the way to a more subtle and inner discourse of blatant and obvious destructive occurrences in our everyday lives. Many filmmakers will always be tempted to present the issue of child abuse stripped of interpretation; commonly approached with stark realism as if it was the only way to capture what is real. It sometimes becomes more of the exploitation of the exploited that surfaces in such cases. It is likened to turning scars back into wounds that remain open. It often has been described as pornography (that subject matter is not necessarily always sex… violence can be pornography) when crassness and lack of interpretation in presentation happens.“
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