Time to get those #PinoyPride posts up again. Veteran Filipino actor John Arcilla (known for his work in Heneral Luna, Ang Probinsyano, the Tagalog remake of Miracle in Cell No. 7 and more) has won big at the 78th Annual Venice International Film Festival for his role in Erik Matti’s On The Job: The Missing 8. And by big, we mean he bagged the Volpi Cup for Best Actor award in the prestigious film festival. Wow.
Image: On The Job 2, directed by Erik Matti
The Venice Film Festival, which is held annually in Venice, Italy, ran from September 1 to 11. Erik Matti’s film, a sequel to the 2013 crime thriller On the Job, was screened on September 10. Manila Bulletin reported that the film got a five-minute standing ovation during its premiere.
Arcilla now joins the rank of A-list international actors Willem Dafoe, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and more, who are all winners of the coveted Volpi Cup award in the past years. Arcilla is also the first Filipino to receive the award.
Arcilla was unable to attend the ceremony, so his award was received on behalf of him by the On the Job: The Missing 8’s director, Erik Matti. The actor, however, was still able to deliver a speech through video, which his On The Job co-star Dennis Trillo was able to capture on camera, and shared on his social media.
Watch Arcilla’s acceptance speech here:
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On the Job: The Missing 8 can now be streamed on HBO Go.
Have you seen it yet? Tell us what you think in the comments!