2013 Year in Review: Best Original Screenplay
Runners Up: JERROLD TAROG, SANA DATI (IF ONLY). Jerrold Tarog for me is a master story teller. “Sana Dati” seemed commonplace on the surface, but how he intricately pieced together the events that transpired in the stories of flawed people making flawed decisions was something quite remarkable. CORNELIU PORUMBOIU, CAND SE LASA SEARA PESTE BUCURESTI SAU METABOLISM (WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM). For a film that is almost all talk, there never was a dull moment in it. Didactic (at least filmmaking-wise) and immoral at the same time. This film about filmmaking, lying, and then lying some more, felt really authentic, natural, raw and was delivered and told by such a pure cinematic genius.
3rd Placer: RICHARD LINKLATER, JULIE DELPY AND ETHAN HAWKE, BEFORE MIDNIGHT
They could never really top “Before Sunset” that easily, but that does not mean that the third entry of the now franchise Before Series was really well made and really well written. I guess it helped that the actors created their own characters and wrote their own stories. While the film never topped the 2nd installment, Midnight however felt like it took more risks, and explored more on Celine and Jesse. And that monologue about life, during the lunch or late lunch, was just breathtaking. It made me cry.
2nd Placer: HIROKAZU KOREEDA, SOSHITE CHICHI NI NARU (LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON)
While this kind of story does not really feel original in the sense that I grew up seeing the kind of story told in Philippine TV or Cinema. But what sets this apart was that it successfully got inside the mind of the children, and put to screen what it was like for the children to be in that kind of situation. It was kind of expected that Koreeda would get the stories of the adults quite well, but the kids, and I think this is kind of expected from him as well, their stories felt very real and hits right emotions.
Best Original Screenplay: EMIR BAIGAZIN, UROKI GARMONII (HARMONY LESSONS)
There maybe no bullying films that is akin to “Harmony Lessons”. It is a perfect mixture of telling the story of the bullies and the bullied-s and incorporating WTF fluorishes that never felt out of place but made the storytelling all the more effective. It was like Baigazin knew these characters sooooo well, got into their heads, put that into paper and translate it masterfully on screen. Baigazin was in full control of his art, it never felt overindulgent or overbaked, the end product was just pure cinematic gem.