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{{Infobox Film
| name = Bona
| image =
| caption =
| starring = [[Nora Aunor]]<br>[[Philip Salvador]]
| distributor = NV Productions
| director = [[Lino Brocka]]
| writer = Cenen Ramones
| cinematography = Conrado Baltazar
| music = Lutgardo Labad
| released = December 25, 1980
| runtime = 85&nbsp;mins.
| country = {{flagicon|Philippines}} [[Philippines]]
| language = [[Tagalog language|Tagalog]]<br> [[English language|English]]
| imdb_id = 0082093
'''Bona''' is a 1980 drama film about a nice middle-class schoolgirl who falls in love with a shiftless, ageing gigolo, her willingness to eventually become his servant, and her fantastic revenge in the end. Bona, subordinates her own personal ambitions to become a movie actor's factotum. She moves into his squatter shack and works like a slave, getting nothing in return except to be in the mesmerizing presence of her screen god. In the end, her illussions get punctured and she works up a rage equal to her sacrifices.The character of Bona was played by acclaimed actress [[Nora Aunor]], and the film was directed by [[Lino Brocka]].<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Nora Aunor Filmography|accessdate=2013-01-24}}</ref>.
Bona becomes infatuated with a movie bit player Gardo and eventually turns into his ''alalay'', an obsessively devoted fan. She does anything for him, to the point of keeping house for him. Bona leaves her family to cook, wash, clean, fetch water for Gardo, and even bathe him. At the start, the relationship is not physical, but eventually, Bona is seduced by him. The sexual intimacy, however, does not stop Bona's idol from bringing other women home.
Bona's father wants her to return home but she rejects the idea. As a consequence, he suffers a heart attack and dies. During the funeral, Bona's brother berates her forcefully, and she is driven from her family home. She returns to Gardo to find that he has made plans to leave for America with a new girlfried.
Angered by the rejection, Bona douses her man with boiling water during his ritual bath.
'''Bona''' marked Lino Brocka's second appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981. Though not as technically excellent as his other works, '''Bona''' was deemed to shine with humanity, power, and warmth. It also won for Nora Aunor the 1981 [[Gawad Urian]] Award for Best Actress.
*[[Nora Aunor]] ... Bona
*[[Philip Salvador]] ... Gardo
*[[Raquel Montesa]] ... Nancy
*[[Rustica Carpio]] ... Bona's Mother
*[[Marissa Delgado]] ... Katrina
*[[Venchito Galvez]] ... Bona's Father
*[[Nanding Josef]] ... Nilo
*[[Spanky Manikan]] ... Bona's Brother
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 about the film. 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<ref>{{cite web|url= |title='BONA' GIVES A GLIMPSE OF LIFE IN THE PHILIPPINES|accessdate=2013-01-24}}</ref>.
==Awards and Recognition==
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! width="10%"| Year
! width="30%"| Group
! width="25%"| Category
! width="25%"| Nominee
! width="10%"| Result
| rowspan="5" align="center"| 1981
| align="left"| FAMAS [[Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards]]
| align="left"| Best Actress
| align="center"| Nora Aunor
| {{nom}}
| rowspan="4" align="left"| [[Gawad Urian Awards]] (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino)
| align="left"| Best Actress
| align="center"| Nora Aunor
| {{won}}
| align="left"| Best Actor
| align="center"| [[Philip Salvador]]
| {{nom}}
| align="left"| Best Director
| align="center"| [[Lino Brocka]]
| {{nom}}
| align="left"| Best Picture
| align="center"|
| {{nom}}
*Tobias, Mel. ''One hundred acclaimed Tagalog movies''. Canada: Peanut Butter Publishing, 1998.
== External links ==
* {{IMDB title|0082093|Bona}}
[[Category:Philippine films]]

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