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‘Autobiography,’ ‘Bold Eagle’ bag top plums in QCinema 2022 Pylon Awards

For a remarkable feature debut commandeered by two riveting lead performances, offering a very intense, haunting cinematic experience, “Autobiography” by Makbul Mubarak wins the Asian Next Wave award of QCinema.

The award, which focuses on emerging filmmakers from Southeast Asia and East Asia with less than three features, made a comeback in this year’s edition of QCinema.

The festival also cited “Autobiography” for its deliberately paced, slow-burn drama with serious socio-political implications that shows a director who’s hitting the ground running with a film that unanimously impressed the jury.

Aside from the Best Film award, Makbul Mubarak also takes home the Best Director trophy.

Winning the NETPAC Jury Award this year is “Return to Seoul” by Davy Chou.

The film is noted for its sensitive portrayal of a woman in search not just of her identity, but also her place in the world constantly in flux. It is built upon formal elegance and emotional maturity, taking us to unexpected places as we follow the protagonist on a journey across cities, cultures, latitudes, but most importantly a journey within her own self. 

Another awardee is Setsuko Shiokawa for the production design of the film “Plan 75.”

The Artistic Contribution was awarded to Shiokawa for the film’s controlled yet engaging design of an imagined near future where life or death becomes a choice and existence is diminished to muted tones of sadness and resignation.  It is also cited for its intelligent recreation of dystopia that is pegged on reality and never bordering the fantastic.

In what is first in local awards, starting this year, QCinema’s sole acting honor, regardless of gender, will be Best Lead Performance.

The Pylon for this year’s Lead Performance goes to Chieko Baisho of “Plan 75.”

Also winning in the Asian Next Wave category are Shuming He and Cris Ong, Best Screenplay for “Ajooma.”

In the QCShorts competition, Best Film goes to “Bold Eagle” by Whammy Alcazaren.

The film is cited for stitching a visual vernacular of today’s technological tools, articulating a timely and queer political critique that captures anger, loneliness, frustration, boredom and alienation amidst the pandemic.

Glenn Barit takes home another Pylon for his film “Luzonensis Osteoporosis,” which wins the NETPAC Jury Award.

The film is noted for its absurdist depiction of an internal dilemma and irony that the first discovered Filipino must also become a regular overseas contract worker.

The film also brings home the Audience Choice award.

In 2019, Glenn Barit’s film “Cleaners” won Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and the Audience Choice award.

“The River that Never Ends” by JT Trinidad brings home the Pylon for Gender Sensitivity for its measured vivid and heartbreaking portrayal of a transwoman and a city in their meandering routines of neglect, survival and melancholia.

The members of the jury in the Asian Next Wave competition are Kong Rithdee, Rolando Tolentino, Samuel Jamier, Jose Javier Reyes, and Meninaputri Wismurti.

Keith Sicat, Anna Isabelle Matutina, and Rolando Tolentino are the QCShorts jury members.

Some winners were also given cash prizes aside from their trophies. Asian Next Wave Best Film received 5,000 USD, NETPAC Jury Prize got 3,000 USD, QCShorts Best Film received 150,000 pesos, NETPAC Jury Prize got 100,000 pesos, Gender Sensitivity Award received 150,000 pesos and Audience Choice got 150,000 pesos.

QCinema will run until November 26, 2022. For details about the festival, go to www.qcinema.ph.

Haiyan-set drama named best local film by the SFFR, John Arcilla wins best lead performance

Kun Maupay Man It Panahon, a moving absurdist drama set in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) and starring Charo Santos-Concio and Daniel Padilla, is named Best Film in the 2nd Pinoy Rebyu Awards, handed out by the Society of Filipino Film Reviewers (SFFR). In its citation of the film, SFFR recognized its “effective depiction of the collective trauma of disaster survivors as seen through the eyes of three protagonists navigating a labyrinth of state inefficiency, mass hysteria, and magic.”

The film, directed by debuting director Carlo Francisco Manatad, also garnered five other awards: Best First Feature (Manatad), Best Editing (Benjo Ferrer), Best Cinematography (Teck Siang Lim), Best Production Design (Whammy Alcazaren), and Best Film Score (Andrew Florentino).

Kun Maupay Man It Panahon premiered in the Metro Manila Film Festival 2021 and is currently streaming in KTX, iWant, Upstream, FDCP Channel and WeTV, until March 6.

The other major awards were given to On the Job 2: The Missing 8, which won for Best Director (Erik Matti), Best Screenplay (Matti and Michiko Yamamoto), Best Lead Performance (John Arcilla), and Best Ensemble for its main cast.

Matti was recognized for “his masterful orchestration of technical and artistic elements of a film that grippingly depicts widespread political manipulation of media and the police”, while Arcilla was cited for his layered performance as a radio announcer whose initially unquestioned beliefs have taken a different turn”. The film is currently screening as a miniseries in HBO Go.

Theater veteran Jay Valencia Glorioso wins Best Supporting Performance for her captivating turn as a mysterious, sinister woman seeking shelter amidst the pandemic in another Matti-directed film, Rabid.

Last Days at Sea, about a filmmaker’s friendship with a boy in a gentle seaside community, was adjudged Best Documentary Feature.

Kids on Fire, Kyle Nieva’s entertaining satire on religious hypocrisy starring Mystica, was named Best Live Action Short Film, while Mga Ulap Tayong Nagiging Ulan, Demetrio Celestino’s uplifting short combining stop-motion and illustration about embracing grief, was deemed the Best Animated Short Film. River of Tears and Rage, Maricon Montajes’ heart-rending document of the burial of the baby River Nasino, was recognized as Best Documentary Short Film.

SFFR earlier released its list of 5 Best International Feature Films of 2021: Drive My Car, The Power of the Dog, Promising Young Woman, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, and The Worst Person in the World.

The Society of Filipino Film Reviewers is composed of 38 active reviewers of Philippine cinema. Because of challenges brought about by the Covid-19 virus, there will be no physical awarding ceremonies this year. Trophies will be delivered to winners.

The full list of nominees and winners can be found below:

Best Film

Big Night!
Historya ni Ha
*Kun Maupay Man It Panahon
Last Days at Sea
On the Job 2: The Missing 8

Best Director

Venice Atienza, Last Days at Sea
Lav Diaz, Historya ni Ha
Jun Robles Lana, Big Night!
Carlo Francisco Manatad, Kun Maupay Man It Panahon
*Erik Matti, On the Job 2: The Missing 8

Best Screenplay

Big Night! (Jun Robles Lana)
Historya ni Ha (Lav Diaz)
Kids on Fire (Kyle Nieva)
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Giancarlo Abrahan, Jérémie Dubois, Carlo Francisco Manatad)
*On the Job 2: The Missing 8 (Erik Matti and Michiko Yamamoto)

Best Lead Performance

*John Arcilla, On the Job 2: The Missing 8
Christian Bables, Big Night!
John Lloyd Cruz, Historya ni Ha
Kim Molina, Ikaw at Ako at ang Ending
Mae Paner, Tao Po
Charo Santos-Concio, Kun Maupay Man It Panahon

Best Supporting Performance

Angie Castrence, Gameboys: The Movie
Dolly de Leon, Historya ni Ha
Lotlot de Leon, On the Job 2: The Missing 8
*Jay Valencia Glorioso, Rabid
Mystica, Kids on Fire
Rans Rifol, Kun Maupay Man It Panahon

Best Ensemble Performance

Big Night!
Gameboys: The Movie
Historya ni Ha
Kun Maupay Man It Panahon
*On the Job 2: The Missing 8

Best Film Editing

Big Night! (Benjamin Tolentino)
It’s Raining Frogs Outside (Maria Estela Paiso)
*Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Benjo Ferrer)
On the Job 2: The Missing 8 (Jay Halili)
Random People (Caleb Maglunob)

Best Cinematography

Arisaka (Mycko David)
Filipiñana (Xenia Patricia)
*Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Teck Siang Lim)
Last Days at Sea (Moshe Ladanga and Venice Atienza)
On the Job 2: The Missing 8 (Neil Bion)

Best Production Design

Big Night! (Marxie Maolen Fadul)
Death of Nintendo (Whammy Alcazaren and Thesa Tang)
Kids on Fire (Alvin Francisco)
*Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whammy Alcazaren)
On the Job 2: The Missing 8 (Roma Regala)
Rabid (Shiel Marie Calde)

Best Film Score

Big Night (Teresa Barrozo)
How to Die Young in Manila (Alyana Cabral)
Kids on Fire (Len Calvo)
*Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Andrew Florentino)
On the Job 2: The Missing 8 (Malek Lopez, Arvin Nogueras, Erwin Romulo)

Best Documentary Feature

*Last Days at Sea
Tao Po
A Will to Dream

Best First Feature

*Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Carlo Francisco Manatad)
Last Days at Sea (Venice Atienza)
My Amanda (Alessandra de Rossi)
Tao Po (Mae Paner)
A Will to Dream (Patrick Alcedo)

Best Live Action Short Film

Alingasngas ng mga Kuliglig
Black Rainbow
Filipiñana
*Kids on Fire
Maski Papano
Sa Balay ni Papang

A scene from the short film Kids on Fire

Best Animated Short Film

Ang Amomonggo sa Aton
Blue Is Not My Favorite Color
Flush
Maris
*Mga Ulap Tayong Nagiging Ulan
My Mamily

Still from the animated short film Mga Ulap Tayong Nagiging Ulan

Best Documentary Short Film

Lingkis
Panambi
Random People
The Right to Life
*River of Tears and Rage
To Pick a Flower