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The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)
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Director:Auraeus Solito Produced by:Raymond Lee Screenplay by:Michiko Yamamoto  Music by:Pepe Smith

Cinematography:Nap Jamir Edited by:Clarence Sison, Auraeus Solito Running time:100 min. Country:Philippines Language:Filipino Genre:Comedy, Drama Subtitle:English Starring: Nathan Lopez as Maximo Oliveros, JR Valentin as Victor Perez / Police Officer,

Soliman Cruz as Paco Oliveros, Neil Ryan Sese as Boy Oliveros, Ping Medina as Bogs Oliveros

 
 

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Asian First Film Festival 2005

Won
Swarovski Trophy
Best Film
Auraeus Solito 
 

Berlin International Film Festival 2006

Won
Crystal Bear - Special Mention
Best Feature Film
Auraeus Solito 
Won
Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix
Best Feature Film
Auraeus Solito 
Won
Teddy
Best Feature Film
Auraeus Solito 
 

Cinekid 2006

Won
Cinekid Film Award - Honorable Mention
Auraeus Solito 
 

Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2005

Won
Balanghai Trophy
Best Production Design
Lily Esquillon 
Won
Special Citation
Nathan Lopez 
For the acting performance.
Won
Special Jury Prize
Full-Length Feature
Auraeus Solito 
Nominated
Balanghai Trophy
Best Film
Auraeus Solito 
 

FAP Awards, Philippines 2006

Nominated
FAP Award
Best Picture
Best Director
Auraeus Solito 
Best Actor
Nathan Lopez 
Best Supporting Actor
Ping Medina 
Best Screenplay
Michiko Yamamoto 
Best Production Design
Clint Catalan 
Christina Dy 
Lily Esquillon 
 

Gawad Urian Awards 2011

Won
Dekada Award
Best Film of the Decade (Natatanging Pelikula ng Dekada)
Auraeus Solito 
2000-2009
 

Gawad Urian Awards 2006

Won
Gawad Urian Award
Best Picture (Pinakamahusay na Pelikula)
Best Screenplay (Pinakamahusay na Dulang Pampelikula)
Michiko Yamamoto 
Best Cinematography (Pinakamahusay na Sinematograpiya)
Nap Jamir 
Best Editing (Pinakamahusay na Editing)
Clarence Sison 
Auraeus Solito 
Nominated
Gawad Urian Award
Best Direction (Pinakamahusay na Direksyon)
Auraeus Solito 
Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor)
Nathan Lopez 
Best Supporting Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktor)
Soliman Cruz 
Best Supporting Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktor)
Ping Medina 
Best Production Design (Pinakamahusay na Disenyong Pamproduksiyon)
Clint Catalan 
Christina Dy 
Lily Esquillon 
Best Music (Pinakamahusay na Musika)
Pepe Smith 
 

Golden Screen Awards, Philippines 2006

Won
Golden Screen Award
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy)
Soliman Cruz 
Nominated
Golden Screen Award
Best Motion Picture (Independent/Digital)
UFO Pictures 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy)
Ping Medina 
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
Nathan Lopez 
Best Director
Auraeus Solito 
Best Original Screenplay
Michiko Yamamoto 
Best Cinematography
Nap Jamir 
Best Editing
Clarence Sison 
Best Production Design
Clint Catalan 
Christina Dy 
Lily Esquillon 
Best Musical Score
Pepe Smith 
 

ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival 2005

Won
Jury Award
Best Dramatic Feature
Auraeus Solito 
 

Independent Spirit Awards 2007

Nominated
Independent Spirit Award
Best Foreign Film
Auraeus Solito 
Philippines.
 

Las Palmas Film Festival 2006

Won
Audience Award
Auraeus Solito 
Won
Best Actor
Nathan Lopez 
Won
Golden Lady Harimaguada
Auraeus Solito 
 

Montréal World Film Festival 2005

Won
Golden Zenith
Auraeus Solito 
 

Online Film & Television Association 2007

Nominated
OFTA Film Award
Best Foreign Language Film
The Philippines
 

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006

Won
Netpac Award
Auraeus Solito 

For the human portrayal of life on the margin and the touching performance of Nathan Lopez who ... More

 

Star Awards for Movies 2006

Won
Star Award
New Movie Actor of the Year
Nathan Lopez 
Digital Movie of the Year
Digital Movie Director of the Year
Auraeus Solito 
 

Sundance Film Festival 2006

Nominated
Grand Jury Prize
World Cinema - Dramatic
Auraeus Solito 
 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2006

Nominated
Grand Prize
Auraeus Solito 
 

Tokyo FILMeX 2006

Nominated
Grand Prize
Auraeus Solito 
 

Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2006

Won
Best Feature Film
Auraeus Solito 
 

Warsaw International Film Festival 2006

Nominated
Grand Prix
Auraeus Solito 
 
 

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Filipino: Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros) is a 2005 Filipino coming-of-age film about a gay teen who is torn between his love for a young cop and his loyalty to his family. The film competed under 1st Cinemalaya Film Festival in 2005. The film was the official entry of the Philippines to the 79th Academy Awards. It holds the distinction of being one of the very few digital films released in 2005 to do well at the tills. It also made the rounds of international film festivals.

Synopsis
Maxi (Nathan Lopez) is a 12-year-old effeminate gay boy who lives in the slums with his father and brothers who are petty thieves. The story primarily revolves around the conflict between his love for handsome young police officer Victor (JR Valentin), and his family''s illegal livelihood. Neo-realist in orientation, the film is a tale of lost innocence and redemption amidst the poverty of Manila''s slums.

Maxi behaves like a girl, wearing clips or hairband in his hair and bangles on his wrists and even wearing lipstick. He is teased by neighbors and former school friends. His sexuality is, however, fully accepted by his two brothers and by his father. One night, he is accosted by two men who attempt to molest him, but is saved by the appearance of Victor. Victor does not have a girlfriend and his sexuality is kept ambiguous. However, he does rebuff Maxi''s advances. In a key event, Maxi''s father, his brother Bogs, and Bogs'' friends hatch a plan to teach Victor a lesson. They leave him bloodied and beat up. Just as Victor saved him, it was Maxi who arrived to rescue Victor and stopped the beating. He then went on to clean Victor''s wounds and cook breakfast for him. Maxi felt sorry and felt somehow responsible for his demise. Victor then affectionately stroked Maxi''s hair and Maxi stole a kiss.

After Maxi''s father is killed by Victor''s boss, Maxi resists Victor''s attempts to renew their friendship. The closing scene shows Maxi walking past Victor who has parked by the roadside on Maxi''s way to school. He ignores Victor as he passes him, hesitates momentarily as he crosses the road, then goes on his way. This last scene is a homage to the final scene of "The Third Man".







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