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Jay (2009)

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Directer:Francis Xavier Pasion  Producer:Francis Xavier Pasion  Writter:Francis Xavier Pasion  Music:Gian Gianan  Cinematography:Carlo Mendoza Running time:95 mins.   Country:Philippines  Language:Tagalog Genre:Comedy, Crime, Drama Subtitle: English
Starring:
Baron Geisler - Jay (TV producer), Coco Martin, Flor Salanga - Jay''s mother,
Angelica Rivera, Jericho Espiritu, J.C. Santos, R. J. Payawal - Jay (murder victim)

 

   

 


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ҧ:13 wins & 16 nominations

Bangkok International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Special Mention Francis Xavier Pasion 
 
Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Balanghai Trophy Best Actor
Baron Geisler 
Best Editing
Kats Serraon 
Chuck Gutierrez 
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Best Film
Francis Xavier Pasion 
 
Gawad Urian Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Won Gawad Urian Award Best Editing (Pinakamahusay na Editing)
Chuck Gutierrez 
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Kats Serraon 
Best Screenplay (Pinakamahusay na Dulang Pampelikula)
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Best Supporting Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktor)
Coco Martin 
Nominated Gawad Urian Award Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor)
Baron Geisler 
Best Cinematography (Pinakamahusay na Sinematograpiya)
Carlo Mendoza 
Best Direction (Pinakamahusay na Direksyon)
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Best Picture (Pinakamahusay na Pelikula)
Best Production Design (Pinakamahusay na Disenyong Pamproduksiyon)
Joy Puntawe 
Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres)
Flor Salanga 
 
Golden Screen Awards, Philippines
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Won Golden Screen Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Drama)
Baron Geisler 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy)
Coco Martin 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy)
Flor Salanga 
Nominated Golden Screen Award Best Cinematography
Carlo Mendoza 
Best Director
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Best Editing
Kats Serraon 
Chuck Gutierrez 
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Best Original Screenplay
Francis Xavier Pasion 
 
Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Won Special Distinction Feature Film
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Special Mention Feature Film
Francis Xavier Pasion 
 
Star Awards for Movies
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Won Star Award Digital Movie Editor of the Year
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Kats Serraon 
Chuck Gutierrez 
Nominated Star Award Digital Movie Director of the Year
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Digital Movie Original Screenplay of the Year
Francis Xavier Pasion 
Digital Movie Production Designer of the Year
Joy Puntawe 
Digital Movie of the Year
(Pasion Para Pelicula Productions). 
Movie Actor of the Year
Baron Geisler 
 

 

Cinemalaya Film Festival (2008)
Best Film in Feature-Length category
Best Actor (Baron Geisler)
Best Editing
6th Black Movie Film Festival (2009)
Audience Choice Award
6th Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporaneo dela Ciudad de Mexico (2009)
Special recognition
Black Movie Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland (2009)
Audience Award
Barcelona Asian Film Festival (2009)
D-Cinema Award


The film has won 6 international awards in Berlin, Barelona, Geneva, Bahamas, Bangkok, and Mexico and has been selected in 23 international film festivals.
It is the first debut Filipino film to have an international premiere at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival where it competed for the Orizzonti Prize.
Even its screenplay won the Grand Prize of the Cinemanila-FDCP Scriptwriting Contest in 2007.The script was entered to the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival where it was chosen as one of the 10 finalists and emerged as the Best Film of 2008.
The Cinema Evaluation Board gave it a grade of A, and the MTRCB has rated it R-13, highlighting its powerful insight rather than the controversial frontal nudity of its lead actor.


 


Jay is a Philippine independent film about a filmmaker who makes a documentary on the life of a murdered teacher, and in the process solves the crime. Shot in Bacolor, Pampanga, it is directed by Francis Xavier Pasion and stars Baron Geisler. It was the unanimous choice for the Best Film Award in the Full-Length category of the 2008 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival competition. It was the first feature film in competition to be shown in the 2008 Venice International Film Festival’s Orrizonti (New Horizons) sidebar.
Synopsis
Jay Mercado, a homosexual teacher from Pampanga, has been found dead in his home, the victim of a violent murder. Television producer Jay Santiago, himself a homosexual, decides to create a documentary on the murder. He takes advantage of Mercado’s impoverished family to create a high-rated documentary, which is shown in the first 15 minutes of the film. As it turns out, through the documentary the criminal is found and brought to justice.
Themes
Jay deals with the issue of media exploitation in a Philippine context. As noted by J. Neil Garcia, the film seems to suggest that exploitation is inevitable in Philippine mass media, even when well-intentioned. It shows the extreme and at times morally questionable lengths television producers will go to in order to create a sensationalist product that will capture the attention of the masses. At the same time, it shows how their subjects consciously aid them in producing the desired effect, implying that the manipulation is mutual. In this way the film highlights some of the moral contradictions that most Filipinos, rich or poor, live by.
Criticism
Notable performances include Baron Geisler’s highly commended portrayal of Jay Santiago, the persuasive and manipulative television producer, and Flor Salanga’s portrayal of the role of the late teacher’s grieving mother who tries to present herself effectively on camera for the television documentary.
The Cinemalaya jury, in awarding Jay Best film, commended it "for its sheer originality, its energetic storytelling, its mastery of digital technology in order to tell a story that is a trenchant commentary on the technology itself, and its very revealing take on the media and the uses and abuses of the truth..."
 


 

 





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