Pinoy actors win Greek filmfest best acting awardPosted on November 26th, 2008 under Entertainment Success
Sid Lucero and Emilio Garcia won the Best Actor award for their film Selda (The Inmate) at the recently concluded 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece.
The first time that the festival included a Filipino film in its main competition program, Selda’s screenings were held last Nov. 17 at the Olympion and Nov. 18 at the Frida Liappa.
Apart from the Greece debut, Selda also competed at the Montreal World Film Festival in Canada last August, the first Filipino film to do so.
Jury president Michael Ondaatje from Canada said Selda is “a powerful film.”
Selda was programmed by Lefteris Adamis and Maria Hatzakou who became ardent supporters of Filipino movies after screening Brillante Mendoza’s Masahista in 2005. They have programmed Filipino movies like Jeffrey Jeturian’s Kubrador (2006) and Mendoza’s Foster Child (2007).
This year, they also have Mendoza’s Serbis (which has been acquired by a Greek distributor) and Francis Pasion’s Jay. Both films screened in the Independence Days section. Selda and Jay were represented by Ignatius Films Canada while Serbis was represented by Fortissimo Films.
The jury of the International Competition Section of the 49th Thessaloniki Film Festival is composed of Ondaatje, writer (Canada); president Diablo Cody, screenwriter (USA); Yesim Ustaoglu, director (Turkey); Lita Stantic, producer (Argentina); Émilie Dequenne, actress (Belgium); David Robinson, film critic (UK); and Dionissis Savopoulos, composer (Greece).