The 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival has handed out its awards, and winning best actor in the Southeast Asian Competition was Mario Maurer in Love of Siam.
Director Chukiat Sakweerakul's gay teen romance and family drama was among seven films in the Manila fest's competition. Mario portrays Tong, a boy from a troubled Roman Catholic family whose sister has disappeared, his father has turned into a catatonic alcoholic, he is in an unfulfilling relationship with a girl named Donut and now his rekindled relationship with his best friend from childhood is giving his mother fits.
Earlier this year, Mario had been a nominee for Best Supporting Actor at the 2nd Asian Film Awards. Love of Siam is Thailand's submission for the Oscars.
Here is the list of winners in the Southeast Asian Competition:
- Best SEA Short: Frou Frou ... Shh Wag Mong Sabihin Kay Itay, by Michael Juat
- Best SEA Film: Confessional by Jerrold Tarog and Ruel Dahis Antipuesto (Philippines)
- Best Actor: Mario Maurer for Love of Siam (Thailand)
- Best Actress: Anita Linda for Adela (Philippines)
The top Lino Brocka Award Grand Prize went to The Band’s Visit from Israel. The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela by Olaf De Fleur Johannesson.
The honorees get a really cool statuette.
Jurors for the SEA Competition were Wong Tuck Cheong, president of the Malaysian Film Club (Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia) in Kuala Lumpur and a board member of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC); Filipina actress Ana Capri and Australian-Filipino actor Kenneth Moraleda. He won the Vic Silayan Award for Best Actor for his performance in Lucky Miles,which was in the main competition.
Thai filmmaker Pimpaka Towira served on the Digital Lokal Competition jury with Lav Diaz - returning a favor after Diaz sat on the jury of this year's Bangkok International Film Festival, which Pimpaka co-programmed. Diaz' latest film Melancholia was in the main compeition where it won the best actress award for the performance by Angeli Bayani.
The 10th Cinemanila Film Festival continues until October 29.
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