Bona (film)

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Official poster of Bona.jpg
Official Poster of Bona for the 1980 Metro Manila Film Festival
Directed by Lino Brocka
Produced by Nora Aunor
Written by Cenen Ramones
Starring Nora Aunor, Philip Salvador
Music by Lutgardo Labad
Cinematography Conrado Baltazar
Edited by Augusto Salvador
Distributed by NV Productions
Release dates
  • 25 December 1980 (1980-12-25)
Country Philippines
Language Filipino
Box office 13 million

Bona is a 1980 film that was submitted for entry at the Metro Manila Film Festival. The character of Bona was played by acclaimed actress Nora Aunor, and the film was directed by Lino Brocka.[1]

Bona was shown at the 1981 Cannes International Filmfest as an entry to the Director's Fortnight, which marked Lino Brocka's second appearance at the said Film Festival. Bona gave Nora Aunor her second Gawad Urian best actress trophy.


Bona was considered to be one of the Philippines greatest movies, in fact it was the only Filipino Film cited as one of "The Best 100 Films in the World" by the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, USA (1997). Bona was seen and screened in different film festivals around the world and received mixed reviews. According to the New York Times review, Bona is chiefly interesting as an example of Philippine film making and for its glimpses of life in the neighborhood where Bona and Gardo live.[2] It was also screened at the 47th Viennale: Vienna International Film Festival, Barbara Wurm, Berlin- and Vienna-based film historian, critic, and programmer, describes the Philippine Superstar as “the awesome Nora Aunor.[3]

Film critics and Film bloggers were raving about the film as well. In his article,German film critic Von Lukas Foerster, A section of his Viennale account focused on Brocka’s Bona, as well as on its lead star, Nora Aunor calling the movie "Brocka's Masterpiece" and calling Aunor as one of the greatest movie stars of the Philippine Cinema.[4] Douglas Racso another film critic lauded Lino Brocka calling him a true master indeed of filmmaking. And he sure do knows how to bring out the greatness from his actors.[5]

Philippine Educational Theater Association of the Philippines staged an adaptation of the film from Aug. 24 to Sept. 23, 2012 at the Peta Theater Center. The adaptation was written by Layeta Bucoy and directed by Socrates "Soxie" Topacio.

Eugene Domingo played as Bona with Edgar Allan Guzman playing Gino Sanchez, the stage counterpart of the film's Gardo.[6]



Year Group Category Nominee Result
1982 Figueira da Foz International Film Festival Premio de le Juri de la Federacion Internationale des Cine Clubs (Jury Prize of the International Federation of Cinema Clubs) Won
1981 FAMAS Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards Best Actress Nora Aunor Nominated
Gawad Urian Awards (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino) Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best Actor Philip Salvador Nominated
Best Director Lino Brocka Nominated
Best Picture Nominated


  • 1980 - Official Selection, Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes International Film Festival
  • 1980 - Official Selection, Critics’ Choice Section 25th London Film Festival, November 12
  • 1981 - Official Selection, Filipino Cinema Panorama, 3rd Festival Des 3 Continents, Nantes, December 1-8
  • 1996 - Fest96: The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, October 26
  • 1999 - Feature Film: Tribute to Asian Master: Lino Brocka, Telluride Film Festival
  • 2005 - Official Selection, Lino Brocka Retrospective, 23rd Torino Film Festival, November 15


  1. ^ "Nora Aunor Filmography". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  2. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (1984-09-19). "'BONA' GIVES A GLIMPSE OF LIFE IN THE PHILIPPINES". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Leftist Glamour? or, Home Runs and Explorations: The 47th Viennale: Vienna International Film Festival". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  4. ^ "CARGO auf der Viennale". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  5. ^ "RacsOview: Bona (1980)". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Eugene Domingo: From ‘Kimmy Dora’ to ‘Bona’". 
  • Tobias, Mel. One hundred acclaimed Tagalog movies. Canada: Peanut Butter Publishing, 1998.

External links[edit]

Bona at the Internet Movie Database