MANILA, Philippines—For an indie film shot in the flooded communities of Malabon City and the dingy, dead-end streets of Quiapo, Manila, Brillante Mendoza’s “Lola” has come a long way.
Eighty-five-year-old screen legend Anita Linda couldn’t believe that at her age, she could still win a best actress trophy from an international film festival.
“Oh my goodness! Who knew that our little movie would go this far?” she told the Inquirer Sunday.
Over the weekend, Linda’s so-called little movie, “Lola,” scored two victories in two festivals in Europe—two “triple triumphs” in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and in Fribourg, Switzerland.
“Lola” tells the story of two grandmothers who find themselves on opposite sides of the criminal justice system. As one lola (played by Linda) struggles to bury her grandson, another lola (essayed by Rustica Carpio) tries to raise money to get her own grandson released from prison.