Here’s something we should all be proud of! The Filipino indie film entitled “Donor” had won two astounding awards during the 37th Brussels International Film Festival last November 2-7,2010.The six day event has gathered more than 50 countries, with over 100 films but in the end, Philippines being represented by the Mark Meily film “Donor” won two major awards.
“Donor”, a Cinemalaya 2010 entry under the Open Directors showcase won Best Film while Meryll Soriano received the best actress award.
On her acceptance speech she said “Thank you very much to the jury and to the organization of Brussels International Film Festival. I’m so proud to be part of this and I’m very honored and I would like to congratulate the whole film ‘Donor’ and to congratulate all the films included in this festival,”
In her desire to work abroad, Lizette, a seller of pirated DVDs, decides to sell her kidney to a wealthy Arabian kidney patient. When a law is announced banning organ transplants between Filipinos and foreigners, Lizette agrees to marry the Arab, a man she has never met , for the surgery to push through.
Meanwhile three other victories had also marked during the Brussels International Film Festival.First, Marvin Agustin was the first Filipino to become a jury during the festival.Second, Joel Lamangan’s “Sigwa” had been featured in the festival as well, but did not compete at all.Lastly, Brillante Mendoza received a Visionary Award from BIFF for his innovation and countless contribution to independent films.
You can watch the trailer of Donor Here!