John Arcilla hailed Best Actor at 78th Venice International Film Festival

John Arcilla hailed Best Actor at 78th Venice International Film Festival

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MANILA— John Arcilla won the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup)for Best Actor in the awards ceremony at 78th Venice International Film Festival held recently in Venice, Italy for his performance in the movie On The Job: The Missing 8, a crime thriller film by multi-awarded director Erik Matti.

John failed to join the delegates of On The Job in Venice so a video of his recorded acceptance speech was shown at the awards ceremony. Direk Matti accepted the trophy on his behalf.

Direk Erik Matti accepted the Volpi Cup award for Best Actor on behalf of John

“If there’s something that I really regret tonight is because I won’t be able to kiss my own Volpi Cup there in the middle of Venice, and on that red carpet just like the other 77 great actors whom I admire, who have already kissed their own, this most wonderful and prestigious award that one actor can have.

“I’m also the happiest actor tonight, of course, also because I know that we came from different countries and we have different languages and cultures and yet, I can feel oneness tonight and I can feel that you understand me and we understand each other, just because of the art of cinema. So thank you, thank you so much,” John said in his  message in the recorded acceptance video.

John also wrote in his caption that the Coppa Volpi is “a symbol of milestone” in his work as an actor.

“This most prestigious award I received today lift up my spirit to the Heavens and I am transforming this joy, achievement or victory or honor into love so that the loved ones I am missing can feel my heart loving them,” he said.

Prior to the awarding ceremony, John posted on his Instagram on Saturday, September 11, several photos of actors who won their Volpi Cups.

He wrote: “Here is the roster of some great actors who won the most coveted Volpi Cup at the Venice International Film Festival. I wish we could have one someday! Hahahaha! If you dream as they say, dream big!”   

In On The Job: The Missing 8, John played the role of Sisoy Salas, a corrupt journalist who was looking for justice for his colleagues and for the prisoners who were secretly freed from the penitentiary to be used for political assassinations. He was joined by a hitman-inmate Roman

(Dennis Trillo) to negotiate and to question their loyalty to a well-known politician, after eight people went missing.

The following are the rest of the winners at the 78th Venice Film Festival:

Golden Lion for Best Film: L’Évenement (Happening) – Audrey Diwan (France); Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize: È Stata La Mano Di Dio (The Hand of God) – Paolo Sorrentino (Italy);

Silver Lion – Award for Best Director: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog (New Zealand, Australia);

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Penélope Cruz, Madres Paralelas (Parallel Mothers), by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)

Best Screenplay – Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Special Jury Prize: Il Buco, Michelangelo Frammartino (Italy, France, Germany);

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress: Filippo Scotti, E Stata La Mano Di Dio (The Hand of God) Paolo Sorrentino (Italy).

On The Job: The Series is also set to begin streaming via HBO Go on September 12. (ECD/MTVN)

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