January 29, 2023

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‘Deleter’ wins big at MMFF awards

DESPITE being the lone horror film at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2022 lineup, “Deleter” bagged most of the awards in Tuesday night’s Gabi ng Parangal at the New Frontier Theater, taking home seven, including the coveted Best Picture award.

Filmmaker Mikhail Red won Best Director while its main star, Nadine Lustre, was recognized Best Actress for her role as Lyra who works at a shadowy online content moderation office where employees, known as deleters, are tasked with the process of filtering graphic uploads from reaching social media platforms.

BEST ACTRESS Nadine Lustre of ‘Deleter’ wins Best Actress at the Metro Manila Film Festival Gabi Ng Parangal on Tuesday night, Dec. 28, 2022, at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

BEST ACTRESS Nadine Lustre of ‘Deleter’ wins Best Actress at the Metro Manila Film Festival Gabi Ng Parangal on Tuesday night, Dec. 28, 2022, at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

Also named Star of the Night, Lustre said in her acceptance speech, “Itong award na ito, dine-dedicate ko sa buong pamilya ko, sa mga kaibigan ko na patuloy na sumusuporta sa akin, sa boyfriend ko na si Chris, and of course, sa Viva family ko and sa team ‘Deleter.’ Sobrang saya po naming lahat. Hindi namin inexpect ito and masayang masaya kaming lahat na nagbabalik na po ang mga pelikulang Pilipino sa sinehan. Mabuhay ang MMFF at mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino.”

(I would like to dedicate this award to my whole family, friends who continue to support me, my boyfriend Chris and of course, to my Viva family and team from ‘Deleter’. We are all very happy. We didn’t expect this and we are all very happy that Filipino films are back in movie houses. Long live the MMFF and long live Philippine movies.)

Dominating the awards night, “Deleter” also took home Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

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“Thank you MMFF for this honor. It’s such a privilege and opportunity to tell stories, to be a filmmaker pero this is a team effort, and I wouldn’t be here if not for team ‘Deleter’ na may (which has the) passion and may (the) love for the filmmaking process, for the craft of storytelling. Thank you to Viva for allowing us to make a film like this. Sobrang plot twist na nakapasok ng (We had to do a plot twist to enter the) MMFF and we get to reach a very wide audience locally,” Red said in his speech.

Meanwhile, romantic thriller film “Nanahimik Ang Gabi,” received five awards, including 3rd Best Picture, Best Actor for Ian Veneracion and Best Supporting Actor for Mon Confiado.

On the other hand, “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told” – the film that tells the story of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) officers who died on their mission during the tragic Mamasapano clash of 2015 – won 2nd Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Original Theme Song and the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Film: “Deleter”

Second Best Film: “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told”

Third Best Film: “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”

Best Director: Mikhail Red of “Deleter”

Best Lead Actress: Nadine Lustre of “Deleter”

Best Lead Actor: Ian Veneracion of “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”

Best Supporting Actress: Dimples Romana of “My Father, Myself”

Best Screenplay – Eric Ramos of “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told”

Best Cinematography: Ian Guevarra of “Deleter”

Best Editing: Nikolas Red of “Deleter”

Best Visual Effects: “Deleter”

Best Production Design: Marielle Hizon of “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”

Best Original Theme Song: “Aking Mahal” by Ferdinand Topacio and Cristy Fermin for “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told”

Best Musical Score: Greg Rodriguez 3rd of “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”

Best Sound: Aian Caro of “Deleter”

Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award: “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told”

Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: “Family Matters”

Marichu Vera Perez Maceda Memorial Award: Vilma Santos-Recto

Gender Sensitivity Award: “My Teacher”

Stars of the Night: Nadine Lustre of “Deleter” and Ian Veneracion of “Nanahimik Ang Gabi”

Best Float: “My Father, Myself”

Best Child Performer: Shawn Gabriel of “My Father, Myself”

All films included in the “Magic 8” of the 2022 MMFF are “Deleters,” “Nanahimik Ang Gabi,” “Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told,” “Family Matters,” “My Father, Myself,” “My Teacher,” “Labyu with an Accent,” and “Partners in Crime.”