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‘About Us But Not About Us’ sweeps 10 Summer MMFF wins

by Joyce Remo

THE Jun Robles Lana film About Us But Not About Us dominates the 1st Summer Metro Manila Film Festival with 10 trophies including best picture.

This psychological thriller drama also bagged best cinematography, best screenplay, best production design, best editing,  best musical score, and best sound awards on Tuesday, April 11.

Photo courtesy: John Ryan Baldemor 

Meanwhile, Romnick Sarmenta was hailed best actor and Elijah Canlas received the special jury prize for his impeccable performance in the film. 

Lana took home the best director award.

Photo courtesy: John Ryan Baldemor 

About Us But Not About Us narrates the story of a literature professor as he dialogues with his student. Through the conversation, he reveals some of his lies and secrets, including his connection to a disquieting suicide.

Aside from Summer MMFF recognitions, the film also won the best film critics picks award at the 2022 PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.

It was also shortlisted for the 2023 Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal and the 2023 Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney.

About Us But Not About Us is available for viewing in nationwide cinemas until Tuesday, April 18.

Meanwhile, here is the complete list of all Summer MMFF winners:

Best Picture: About Us But Not About Us

2nd Best Picture: Love You Long Time

3rd Best Picture: Here Comes The Groom

Best Director: Jun Robles Lana, About Us But Not About Us

Jury Prize: Elijah Canlas, About Us But Not About Us

2nd Jury Prize: Here Comes The Groom, Ensemble

Best Actor: Romnick Sarmenta, Here Comes The Groom
Best Actress: Gladys Reyes, Apag

Best Supporting Actor: Keempee De Leon, Here Comes The Groom

Best Supporting Actress: “Kalad Karen” – Jervi Li, Here Comes The Groom

Best Screenplay: Jun Robles Lana, About Us But Not About Us

Best Cinematography: Neil Daza, About Us But Not About Us

Best Editing: Lawrence Ang, About Us But Not About Us

Best Production Design: Marxie Maolen Fadul, About Us But Not About Us

Best Musical Score: Teresa Barrozo, About Us But Not About Us

Best Original Theme Song: Paralaya, Apag

Best Sound: Armand De Guzman, About Us But Not About Us

Best Float: Love You Long Time

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