John Arcilla 1st Pinoy To Win Best Actor In 2021 Venice Film Festival

John Arcilla Took Home Volpi Cup for Best Actor At 78th Venice Film Festival

JOHN ARCILLA – Veteran actor John Arcilla won the Best Actor award at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. He won the coveted award for performance in the movie ‘On the Job: The Missing 8’

Actor and environmentalist John Arcilla is best known for playing the role of Filipino general Antonio Luna in the drama film “Heneral Luna.”

Currently, the 55-year-old actor plays the villainous Renato Hipolito on the longest-running tv series in the country, ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ starring Coco Martin. In a previous article, Arcilla said he received threats from FPJAP fans. He also admitted that he once gets anxiety because of it.

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Based on a report from GMA News, John Arcilla won the Best Actor awards at the 2021 Venice Film Festival for his performance on the crime thriller movie ‘On the Job: The Missing 8.’ The awarding ceremony was held Sunday, Sept. 12 (Saturday, Sept. 11 in Italy.

The movie is directed by Erik Matti and also stars Dennis Trillo. The movie tackles corruption and fake news where Arcilla plays Sisoy Salas, a corrupt reporter for a local newspaper.

‘On the Job: The Missing 8’ is also the only Southeast Asian film to make it to the main competition. Arcilla has beaten British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

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John Arcilla wasn’t able to attend the awarding ceremony in person but he gave his acceptance speech virtually. Erik Matti received Arcilla’s Coppa Volpi award on his behalf.

“If there’s one thing I will regret tonight, I won’t be able to kiss my Volpi Cup in Venice…”

“I’m the happiest actor tonight because I know we came from different countries, we have different cultures, but I can feel oneness tonight. I can feel that you understand me, and we understand each other because of the arts and cinema. Thank you so much,” he added.

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John Arcilla shared a longer version of his acceptance speech on his Instagram account. He expressed his gratitude for the recognition.

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