ITALY. Producer Quark Henares, chairman of the Asian Cultural Council Philippines Foundation, Ernest Escaler, producer Dondon Monteverde, actor Dennis Trillo and director Erik Matti on the red carpet in Venice. (Contributed photo)

ITALY. “On the Job: The Missing 8” director Erik Matti roamed the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival. (Contributed photo)

ITALY. Producer Dondon Monteverde, FDCP chief of staff David Fabros, director Erik Matti, FDCP chairman and CEO Liza Diño and producer Quark Henares at the Hotel Excelsior in Venice, Italy. (Photo contributed)

“On The Job: The Missing 8” by Erik Matti, the only Southeast Asian film in the main competition at its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival with a five-minute standing ovation END, won the Coppi Volpi (Volpi Cup). as best actor for John Arcilla’s performance in the film. Arcilla, who will attend the awards ceremony on the evening of the 11. I will not be able to kiss my own Volpi Cup there, in the middle of Venice and on this red carpet, just like the other great 77 actors I admire who have already kissed their own the most wonderful and prestigious award that one actor can have. “

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Director Matti, actor Dennis Trillo, producers Dondon Monteverde and Quark Henares and the rest of the On The Job: The Missing 8 team walked the red carpet on September 10 under the hot Venice sun, followed by the gala premiere of the film in the Sala Grande. “I think over a year ago we were all sitting at the same table discussing how we were going to show ‘On the Job’ and we don’t yet know if it will ever be shown because the cinemas are closed and we do not know how long the pandemic will last, but it is not only shown in a cinema, but in something as prestigious as Venice and we are really very happy, ”director Matti said the film competed in Venice during a panel discussion on the 9th of September. The podium was titled “From the Philippines into the World: The On The Job Franchise and Exploring New Ways of Global Content Distribution”, moderated by Paolo Bertolin, programmer of the Venice Film Festival, with director Matti and producers Monteverde and Henares as panelists. The film team also discussed the adversity of the film, the strategies and the future of Filipino filmmaking. This was followed by On The Job Cocktails in the evening, organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). The crime thriller “On The Job: The Missing 8” is the sixth Filipino film to be released in Venice. On September 12, the first three episodes of the six-part HBO Asia original series “On The Job” will premiere exclusively on HBO GO with new episodes each Sunday in Venice and will be premiered on HBO. We are happy to support the film and hope that it will receive the same support from our Filipino audience as it does in the international arena and may this serve as an inspiration to our filmmakers and the industry, ”said FDCP Chairman and CEO Diño. Participation of the Philippines at the 78th Venice International Film Festival coincides with the Philippine Film Industry Month celebrations, led by FDCP with a month long program of events, programs and free screenings. (PR)

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