John Arcilla wins best actor in Venice Film Festival

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — John Arcilla bagged the Volpi Cup Best Actor award at the prestigious 78th Venice Film Festival for his performance in the film “On the Job: The Missing 8.”

Arcilla played the role of Sisoy Salas in the Erik Matti film, which had its world premiere in the festival and the only Southeast Asian entry in the main competition.

Film co-star Dennis Trillo, who physically attended the festival, shared on Instagram a clip of Arcilla virtually receiving his award.

“Well, if there is something that I really regret tonight is that I will not be able to kiss my 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,” said Arcilla.

The 3-hour and 28-minute film is the sequel to the 2016 film “On the Job.” The latest film revolves around a corrupt journalist seeking justice for his colleagues.

Among the past winners of the said award were Hollywood actors Willem Defoe, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.

Arcilla is also known for playing Antonio Luna in the historical biopic movie “Heneral Luna” in 2015.