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Philippines sets Oscar entry

Marlon Rivera's 'Septic Tank' to vie

The Film Academy of the Philippines has submitted Marlon Rivera’s film-within-a-film “The Woman in a Septic Tank” (“Ang babae sa septic tank”) to represent the archipelago nation for foreign-language Oscar consideration.

A satire on the local indie industry, pic tracks three filmmakers as they create what they hope will be their award-winning opus, starring thesp Eugene Domingo, who plays herself.

“Woman” swept the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in July, taking home the honors for film, director, actress (Domingo), screenplay (Chris Martinez) and the audience choice award in the New Breed category.

“Woman” is the directorial debut of Rivera, who is also prexy-CEO of ad firm Publicis Manila, owner of fashion clothing line MNR and creative director of retailer Folded & Hung.

Pic debuted Aug. 3 in the Philippines, where Box Office Mojo Philippines ranked it third with a gross of $333,368 its first week, beating Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts starrer “Larry Crowne,” which bowed at No. 5.

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