On 2nd September 2011,  the Film Academy of the Philippines released the official list of the six films eligible to represent our country for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

These six films were Rosario, Senior Year, Presa, Dalaw, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank and Ikaw ang Pagibig. Two more films, Thelma and Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington were also previewed for re-consideration. But in the end, Marlon Rivera’s Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank bested over 7 films for their “Oscar-worthiness”.

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Ang Babae sa Septic Tank chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film. They believe they have a winning script, the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. Like most filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the real essence of our culture: poverty. In the course of one day, they brainstorm and exhaust all possible treatment of their project: the story of Mila (Eugene Domingo), a mother from the slums, who out of desperation to survive, has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible executions of the story, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in Jocelyn’s imagination several times. As a gritty no frills neo-realist film, as a glossy musical, as an over-the-top melodrama and as a docu drama using non-actors. For their last task of the day, they visit the dumpsite for the first time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the ”beauty” of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with reality as they come face to face with the real effects of their chosen subject. Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty.

The committee, which is chaired by National Artist for Film Director Eddie Romero , has a new array of members like actress-director Gina Alajar; FAP’s new deputy director-general and actor-director Robert Arevalo; Director’s Guild of the Philippines, Inc.’s Jose N. Carreon; director and Philippine Motion Picture Directors’ Association President William Mayo; Production Designers Guild of the Philippines President Manny Morfe; United Film Editors Guild of the Philippines President Jess Navarro; and director Elwood Perez.

Since 1996, a FAP committee had been selecting the country’s annual entry to the foreign language film category. These films were as follows: Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin (Reyna Films) directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna (1996); Milagros (Merdeka Films) directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1997); Sa Pusod ng Dagat (GMA Films) directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1998); Saranggola (GMA Films/Teamwork Productions) directed by Gil Portes (1999);Anak (Star Cinema) directed by Rory B. Quintos (2000); Gatas…Sa Dibdib ng Kaaway (Crown Seven Ventures) directed by Gil Portes (2001); Mga Munting Tinig (Teamwork Films) directed by Gil Portes (2002); Dekada ’70 (Star Cinema) directed by Chito Rono (2003); Crying Ladies (Unitel Productions) directed by Mark Meily (2004);Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (U.F.O. Films) directed by Aureus Solito (2006); Donsol (Bicycle Productions) directed by Adolf Alix (2007); Ploning (Panoramanila) directed by Dante Nico Garcia (2008); Ded na si Lolo (APT Entertainment) directed by Soxie Topacio (2009);  Noy (Cinemedia Film Productions) directed by Dondon Santos (2010) and finally this year, Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (Martinez-Rivera Films) directed by Marlon Rivera.