The Flor Contemplacion Story

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Flor Contemplacion Story
Flor contemplacion story movie poster.jpg
Official Poster of The Flor Contemplacion Story
Directed by Joel Lamangan
Produced by William C. Leary
Written by Bonifacio Ilagan
Ricardo Lee
Starring Nora Aunor
Amy Austria
Jacklyn Jose
Music by Vehnee Saturno
Cinematography Romeo Vitug
Edited by Joyce Bernal
Edgardo Vinarao
Distributed by VIVA Films
Release dates
  • June 7, 1995 (1995-06-07)
Running time 120 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Filipino

The Flor Contemplacion Story is a 1995 film produced by Viva Films about the story of the Filipina domestic helper who was hanged in Singapore for allegedly killing her fellow maid. The story was chronicled in a film which operates on various personal, social and political levels. Both controversial and critically acclaimed, it has brought Nora Aunor numerous citations for her intense portrayal as the fallen heroine of the story.[1]

The Flor Contemplacion Story was screened and exhibited in different film festivals around the world. The film won the Princess Pataten Statue for best actress for its lead star, Nora Aunor and the film won the Golden Pyramid Award at the 1995 Cairo International Film Festival.[2] The highest recognition a Filipino Film ever received. Aunor also swept all the best actress awards given by the different award giving bodies in the Philippines including the Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role given by the Young Critics Circle.

Synopsis[edit]

Just like many impoverished people, Flor (Aunor) thought that by working abroad she could give her family a better life even though it means sacrificing her own happiness. She decided to work as a domestic helper in Singapore thinking that this could be the answer to her problems. Unlike many other servants, Flor was well-treated by her employers.

However, in 1995, she was arrested and was charged of killing her fellow filipina, Delia Maga and the little boy that she was caring for. Unfortunately, all evidence points to Flor's innocence. After a hasty trial, the Singapore government finds Flor guilty and sentences her to death by hanging. Her predicament brings an outpouring of sympathy from Filipinos, who refuse to believe her guilt. There was also a national appeal for clemency and a re-investigation to be done. Even the office of the President appealed to the Singaporean Government. However, the Singapore Government remained steadfast with their decision.

Flor was executed in March 1995. The film also examines the effects of Flor's absence upon her family. Her husband, unable to stand the wait, begins an affair and then forces the two oldest girls to marry.[3]

Cast[edit]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Reviews[edit]

The movie received positive reviews, especially for Aunor's acting.[4][5][6]

International Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Group Category Nominee Result
1995 Cairo International Film Festival Princess Pataten Statue for Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
Golden Pyramid Joel Lamangan Won

Philippine Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Group Category Nominee Result
1996 FAMAS Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards Circle of Excellence Nora Aunor Won
Best Musical Score Vehnee Saturno Won
Best Director Joel Lamangan Nominated
Best Picture Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jacklyn Jose Nominated
Best Screenplay Ricardo Lee
Bonifacio Ilagan
Nominated
Best Sound Ramon Reyes Nominated
Best Movie Theme Song "Kahit Konting Awa" - Vehnee Saturno Nominated
Gawad Urian Awards (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino) Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best Director Joel Lamangan Won
Best Supporting Actress Jacklyn Jose Won
Best Picture Nominated
Best in Cinematography Romeo Vitug Nominated
Best Music Vehnee Saturno Nominated
Best Sound Ramon Reyes Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Rita Avila Nominated
Film Academy of the Philippines (Luna Awards) Best Picture Won
Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best Director Joel Lamangan Won
Best Adapted Screenplay Ricky Lee Won
Best Sound Ramon Reyes Won
Best Supporting Actress Jacklyn Jose Won
Best Editing Edgardo Vinarao Nominated
Best Original Song "Kahit Konting Awa" - Vehnee Saturno Nominated
Star Awards for Movies (Philippine Movie Press Club) Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best Director Joel Lamangan Won
Best Picture Won
Best Supporting Actress Jacklyn Jose Won
Best Movie Theme Song "Kahit Konting Awa" ~Vehnee Saturno Won
Best Musical Score Vehnee Saturno Won
Young Critics Circle Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Nora Aunor Won
Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design Romeo Vitug (director of photography)
Manny Morfe (production designer)
Won
Best Film Nominated
Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Jacklyn Jose Nominated
Best Screenplay Ricky Lee Nominated

List of Film Festival Competed or Exhibited[edit]

  • 1995 - Toronto International Film Festival
  • 1995 - Competition Film, 19th Cairo International Film Festival
    • Winner, Golden Pyramid Award (Best Picture)
    • Princess Pataten Statue Best Actress, Nora Aunor
  • 1996 - Human Rights Watch International Film Festival New York, June 13
  • 1996 - Pan Asian Film and Video Festival, April 12–26
  • 1996 - 3rd Southeast Asian Film Festival
  • 1996 - Fukuoka International Film Festival, September 13–23, Feature Film: Philippine Films Collection,
  • 1996 - Hawaii International Film Festival, November
  • 1996 - Pusan International Film Festival, Korea
  • 1996 - Dublin Film Festival, Ireland
  • 2003 - Philippine Film Festival Fukuoka City, Japan, November 1–16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nora Aunor Filmography". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  2. ^ "1995 Cairo International Film Festival". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  3. ^ "The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995)". Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Flor Contemplacion Story, The". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Flor Contemplacion Story, review". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Flor Contemplacion Story, movie review". Retrieved 2013-05-04. 

External links[edit]