Filipino star John Arcilla wins best actor at 78th Venice Film Festival

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John Arcilla got the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor for his performance in Erik Matti’s On the Job: The Missing 8. Erik Matti received the award at the ceremony on behalf of the actor, while Arcilla thanked the jury in his acceptance speech through video. On the Job: The Missing 8 is a Philippine crime thriller. John Arcilla plays Sisoy Salas, a corrupt reporter for a local newspaper.

It also puts a spotlight on the real-world predicament concerning fake news and how easily truth can be manufactured and disseminated to the public in today’s age of information.

Conceived and directed by Erik Matti, the series in English and Filipino is filmed in the Philippines and stars Joel Torre, Piolo Pascual, Dennis Trillo, Gerald Anderson, Joey Marquez, Dante Rivero, Christopher de Leon, and Lotlot de Leon.

“On The Job: The Missing 8” is the only film from Asia out of the 21 international films in Competition at this year’s Venezia 78. Inspired by true events, select episodes from the series were played in Competition at the prestigious 78th Venice Film Festival as “On The Job: The Missing 8.”

The new HBO Asia Original series continuing the saga of Erik Matti’s 2013 film carrying the same name. The engrossing six-part hour-long crime thriller series premiered globally and exclusively on HBO GO in September.

The full list of winners (as reported by The Hollywood Reporter):

Golden Lion for Best Film

Happening, dir. Audrey Diwan

Grand Jury Prize

The Hand of God, dir. Paolo Sorrentino

Best Director

Jane Campion, for The Power of the Dog

Best Actor

John Arcilla for On The Job: The Missing 8

Best Actress

Penelope Cruz for Parallel Mothers

Best Screenplay

Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter

Best Young Actor

Filippo Scotti for The Hand of God

Special Jury Prize

Il Buco, dir. Michelangelo Frammartino

Lion of the Future for Best Debut Film

Imaculat, dirs. Monica Stan, George Chiper-Lillemark

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Best Film

Pilgrims, dir. Laurynas Bareisa

Best Director

Eric Gravel for Full Time

Special Jury Prize

The Great Movement dir. Kiro Russo

Best Actor

Piseth Chhun for White Building

Best Actress

Laure Calamy for Full Time

Best Screenplay

Peter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovsky for 107 Mothers

Best Short Film

Los huesos, dirs. Cristobal Leon, Joaquin Cocina

Horizons Extra

Audience Award Armani beauty

The Blind Man Who Didn’t Want to See Titanic, dir. Teemu Nikki

Venice VR Expanded

Best VR Story

End of Night, dir. David Adler

Best VR Experience

Le bal de Paris, dir. Blanca Lee.

Best VR Work

Goliath Playing with Reality, dirs. Barry Gene Murphy, May Abdalla

  • hp with reports from the Hollywood reporter, mb.com.ph/picture: screenshot: weonews.com
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