To mark the 30th year anniversary of the 1982 Filipino Classic Film “HIMALA” by National Artist Ishmael Bernal and multi-awarded screenwriter Ricky Lee, a fully restored version will be screened at the 69th Venice Film Festival this year at Venice Lido from August 29 to September 8, 2012.
The restoration is meant to “give contemporary audiences the opportunity to view again or see for the first time films of great historical importance, and to reevaluate films that have been unjustly forgotten or that are no longer visible, projected on the big screen in the best possible conditions,” said the program’s statement.
Himala was an official to the 1982 Metro Film Festival. In 2008, the film won the Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time in the CNN Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
ABS-CBN Film Archives headed by Leo Katigbak initiated the restoration process. Aside from “Himala,” Two (2) more classics are in the works – ”Maalaala Mo Kaya” and “Oro Plata Mata.”