Filipino talent was at the forefront of this year’s Asian Film Festival held in Rome, Italy with Pinoy directors and actors bagging major honors. 

Talented filmmakers Brillante Mendoza and Erik Matti led PH’s award haul in the prestigious event’s 19th edition.

Mendoza received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognized his significant contributions to international cinema, specifically in the region of Asia. His newest feature films “Gensan Punch” and “Resbak” were both showcased in this year’s festival program.

Filipino Director Brillante Mendoza // Photo from Center Stage Productions’ Official Facebook Page

Meanwhile, veteran director Matti’s film “On The Job: The Missing 8” won the Best Film category. This was the movie that actor John Arcilla received critical acclaim for and won him the Best Actor award at Venice International Film Festival, which was also held in Italy. 

Of course, that’s not the end. Filipino actors Christian Bables and Vince Rillon were also the recipients of a major acting award. 

Bables and Rillon were jointly named Best Actor for starring in their respective films – “Big Night” and “Resbak.”

This is what the festival had to say about the duo’s acting prowess:

“Christian Bables was extraordinary in playing the character of ‘Dharna’, a gay beautician whose name is mistakenly placed on the checklist in the war on drugs. Dharna will have to prove his innocence in a flash of one night. Terrific Bables, who with his interpretation of him at times comic even when the situation is dramatic, makes the character lovable in the eyes of the spectator, for his sensitivity and for his desire for justice towards oppressed people.”

On the other hand, Rillon was commended “for how he managed to play the difficult role of a boy who must survive in an environment dominated by violence, corruption and continuous abuse.”

Filipino Actor Vince Rillon // Photo from AFF’s Official Website

The latest edition of the festival was held at the Cinema Farnese from April 7 to April 13, 2022.

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