Trailer for restored 'Himala' in HD released

Posted at 10/24/12 3:34 PM

Ricky Lee to release 'Himala' coffee table book

MANILA, Philippines -- The first trailer for the restored high-definition version of the Ishmael Bernal classic "Himala" has been released.

Released online Wednesday via ABS-CBN's official page on video-sharing site YouTube, the first trailer of "Himala" gives an extended look at the 1982 film in restored high-definition quality.

Filipino audiences can now relive the story of Elsa (Nora Aunor), a barrio lass whose visions of the Virgin Mary changes her life and her community, once it hits selected cinemas nationwide on December 5, 2012.

The restored version of "Himala" was first screened at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival in September. But a long history of international recognition for the film preceded the Italian showing.

Notably, it was recognized as a contender for the prestigious Golden Bear Award at the 1983 Berlin International Film Festival. It also won the Bronze Hugo Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival in the same year; and in 2008, was hailed as the Best Asia-Pacific Film Of All Time by the CNN and Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Written by Ricky Lee, "Himala" is the first film to be restored in HD quality by the ABS-CBN Restoration Project, in partnership with Central Digital Lab, Inc.

According to Leo Katigbak, head of ABS-CBN Film Archives, other films that will be restored in HD quality are: Peque Gallaga's “Oro, Plata, Mata”, and a number of Star Cinema films including Olivia Lamasan’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and “Madrasta”; Laurice Guillen’s “Tanging Yaman”; Rory Quintos’ “Anak”; Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Bagong Buwan”; and Chito Roño’s “Dekada ’70.”

Now read the book

Meanwhile, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie, Lee is releasing "Himala: The Coffee Table Book," which will feature the full screenplay of the movie with an English translation, as well as interviews with the cast and crew and more than 100 full-color photographs. 

Lee also talks about working with Bernal on the movie.

"Sa set, kapag may nadirek siyang eksena na napaka-smooth, nagwu-worry siya later. Bakit ang dali? What did I do wrong? Kapag napakadaling sulatin, Ricky, madalas niyang sabihin, kapag sobrang madali ang isang bagay, sitwasyon, eksena, hindi ‘yan maganda lalabas. Kinakailangang may napiga, may natanggal sa ’yong laman o dugong umaagos para mo masabing may lumabas mula sa loob mo na maganda. Kaya paiikut-ikutin namin ang eksena, binubuntal ito mula sa lahat ng direksyon, hanggang sa mapagod kami at masaid sa mga ideya. Pero ang eksena, nagniningning, may bagong sigla at buhay," Lee wrote in the book.

The book also features a dust jacket designed as a pull-out poster, five post-card size still photographs from the film, and a free digital download of the book.

Priced at P1,000 per copy, only 1,000 hardbound copies will be printed. Each copy will be numbered.