Thy Womb

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Thy Womb
Theatrical movie poster for the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival
Directed by Brillante Ma. Mendoza
Screenplay by Henry Burgos
Produced by
CinematographyOdyssey Flores
Edited byKats Serraon
Music byTeresa Barrozo
Distributed by Solar Films
Release dates
  • September 6, 2012 (2012-09-06)(Venice Film Festival)
  • December 25, 2012 (2012-12-25)(Philippines)
Running time
105 minutes
Budget₱2 million
Box office₱5.1 million

Thy Womb (Filipino : Sinapupunan) is a 2012 Filipino drama film starring Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco, Mercedes Cabral, and Lovi Poe. [1] Produced by Center Stage Productions and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Melvin Mangada and Jaime Santiago, the film was written by Henry Burgos and directed by Brillante Mendoza. The film was one of the eight official entries to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival.


The film competed for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. [2] Although it did not bag the top honors, Thy Womb was awarded three special prizes by other Italian film groups — La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award, the P. Nazareno Taddei Award - Special Mention, and the Bisato d' Oro Award for Best Actress (for Nora Aunor) given by an independent Italian critics group called Premio Della Critica Indipendiente. [3] The film was also invited to the 37th Toronto International Film Festival and the 17th Busan International Film Festival. [4] [5]

The film was referred to as "The Philippines' principal trophy" in Encyclopædia Britannica's section discussing the previous year's films in the Britannica Book of the Year 2013. [6]


Thy Womb is about a Tausug woman who is the midwife of their village. Many childbirths were done by her, ironically, she does not have any children.


Cast of Thy Womb at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. From left to right: Nora Aunor (as Shaleha), Lovi Poe (as Mersila), and Mercedes Cabral (Aisha). Standing at the far left is the film's director Brillante Mendoza. Cast of Sinapupunan (Thy Womb) at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (Sept. 2012) - Flickr.jpg
Cast of Thy Womb at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. From left to right: Nora Aunor (as Shaleha), Lovi Poe (as Mersila), and Mercedes Cabral (Aisha). Standing at the far left is the film's director Brillante Mendoza.

Citations and awards

International awards and recognition

20133rd Sakhalin International Film festivalBest Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best FilmNominated
Best Director Brillante Mendoza Nominated
Best Actor Bembol Roco Nominated
Best CastNominated
Grand Prix of the audienceNominated
7th Asian Film Awards [7] [8] Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
7th Cines del Sur - Festival de Granada - Spain [9] Jury Special MentionWon
10th International Independent Film Festival - Lisbon, PortugalAudience Award - International Competition, Observatory, Emerging Cinema, World Pulse, IndieJunior and Bran New.

Feature Film

2nd Place
11th Asian Film Festival - Reggio Emilia, ItalyPremio Del Pubblico2nd Place
20126th Asia Pacific Screen Awards [10] Best Performance by an Actress Nora AunorWon
Best Director Brillante Mendoza Won
69th Venice International Film Festival Bisato d'Oro: Premio Della Critica Indipendiente for Best ActressNora AunorWon
La Navicella Award for Best DirectorBrillante MendozaWon
P. Nazareno Taddei Award Special MentionBrillante MendozaWon
Golden Lion for Best FilmNominated
Volpi Cup for Best Actress Nora Aunor Nominated
55th Asia Pacific Film Festival Best ActressNora AunorNominated
Best DirectorBrillante MendozaNominated

Philippine awards

2012 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best Director Brillante Mendoza Won
Best Original Story Henry BurgosWon
Best Cinematography Odyssey FloresWon
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards Won
Most Gender Sensitive Film Won
Female Star of the Night Nora Aunor Won
BALATCA (Batangas Laguna Teachers Association for Culture and the Arts)Pambansang Dangal ng Sining sa PagganapNora AunorWon
2013 61st FAMAS Awards [11] Presidential Award for Cinematic ExcellenceNora AunorWon
36th Gawad Urian Awards [12] [13] Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best Production DesignDante MendozaWon
Best FilmNominated
Director Brillante Mendoza Nominated
Best Actor Bembol Roco Nominated
Best Screenplay Henry Burgos Nominated
Best EditingKats SeraonNominated
Best CinematographyOdessey FloresNominated
Best MusicTeresa BarrozoNominated
15th Gawad Pasado (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) [14] Pinakapasadong PelikulaWon
Pinakapasadong Direktor Brillante Mendoza Won
Pinakapasadong Aktres Nora Aunor Won
Pinakapasadong Aktor Bembol Roco Won
Pinakapasadong Katuwang Aktres Lovi Poe Won
Pinakapasadong IstoryaHenry BurgosWon
Pinakapasadong Pelikula sa Paggamit ng WikaWon
Pinakapasadong SinematograpiyaOdessey FloresNominated
Pinakapasadong EditingKats SeraonNominated
Pinakapasadong Dulang PampelikulaHenry BurgosNominated
Pinakapasadong Disenyong PamproduksyonDante MendozaNominated
Pinakapasadong Paglalapat ng TunogAlbert Michael Idioma at Addiss TabongNominated
Pinakapasadong MusikaTeresa BarrazoNominated
Young Critics Circle [15] Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Nora Aunor Won
Best ScreenplayHenry BurgosNominated
Best EditingKats SeraonNominated
Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual DesignOdyssey Flores (Cinematography)
Dante Mendoza (Production Design)
11th Gawad TanglawBest Actress Nora Aunor Won
29th Star Awards for Movies [16] Indie Movie Cinematographer of the YearOdyssey FloresWon
Indie Movie Production Designer of the YearDante MendozaWon
Indie movie of the YearNominated
Indie Movie Director of the year Brillante Mendoza Nominated
Movie Actress of the Year Nora Aunor Nominated
New movie Actress of the YearGlenda KennedyNominated
Indie Movie Screenwriter of the YearHenry BurgosNominated
Indie Movie Editor of the YearKats SeraonNominated
Indie Movie Musical Scorer of the YearTeresa BarrozoNominated
Indie Movie Sound Engineer of the YearAlbert Michael Idioma and Addiss TabongNominated
10th Golden Screen Awards [17] Best Motion Picture-DramaNominated
Best Direction Brillante Mendoza Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role-Drama Nora Aunor Nominated
Best Original ScreenplayHenry BurgosNominated
Best CinematographyOdessey FloresNominated
Best Production DesignDante MendozaNominated
Best Sound DesignNominated
Best Visual/Special EffectsKeep Me Posted Production OutfitNominated
31st Film Academy of the Philippines (Luna Awards)Best PictureNominated
Best Actress Nora Aunor Nominated
Best ScreenplayHenry BurgosNominated
Best Production DesignDante MendozaNominated
Gawad Tangi (Kritiko ng Pelikula, Telebisyon at Musikang Pilipino) [18] Best Lead Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best Art DirectionBrillante MendozaWon
Best PictureNominated
Best Director Brillante Mendoza Nominated
Best ScreenplayHenry BurgosNominated
Best CinematographyOdessey FloresNominated
Best Original scoreTeresa BarrazoNominated
Best EditingKats SeraonNominated
Best EnsembleNominated
Best LanguageNominated
1st Philippine Edition Movie Awards [19] Best Drama MovieWon
Favorite Actress - Drama Nora Aunor Won
Favorite Actor - DramaBembol RocoWon
Favorite Director Brillante Mendoza Nominated
Favorite Actress - Drama Lovi Poe Nominated
2014PPA Sisa Media Awards [20] Outstanding Female Character in a Mainstream Filipino Film Nora Aunor Won

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