WAGI ng Volpi Cup (Best Actor) ang Filipino actor na si John Arcilla sa katatapos lang na 78th Venice International Film Festival na ginanap sa Italy nitong Sabado ng gabi.
Pinabilib ni John ang jury ng prestehiyosong international film festival for his outstanding performance bilang isang reporter for a local newspaper sa critically-acclaimed film na On the Job: The Missing 8 na idinirek ni Erik Matti at prinodyus ng Reality Entertainment.
Ilan sa previous Volpi Cup winners in Venice International ay sina Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Joaquin Phoeix at marami pang iba.
Hindi nakadalo si John Arcilla sa red carpet at awarding ceremony sa Venice kaya si Direk Erik ang tumangap ng kanyang trophy. Nagpasalamat naman si John sa pamamagitan ng isang video.
“Well, if there’s something I really regret tonight is because that I would not be able to kiss my own 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 prestigious award that one actor can have,” lahad ng FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano star.
Patuloy ni John, “I’m also the happiest actor tonight because I know that we came from different countries and we different languages and cultures and yet I can feel oneness tonight and I can feel that you understand me and we understand each other it’s just because of the art of cinema, so thank you so much.
“This kind of experience and feeling is too precious not to share to the people back home, to our country who are actually suffering from this virus, suffering from sadness and isolation, so I wish this wishes of mine will somehow ease their pains and sufferings.”
Pinasalamatan din ni John ang kanyang mga Kapamilya na pumanaw nitong panahon ng pandemya – ang amang si Dominador Arcilla at mga kapatid na sina Emmanuel Arcilla at ang youngest sister niyang si Teresa Arcilla.
“I just want the world to hear their names because they play a very significant role in my journey as an actor as I create characters, as I create and tell stories thru characters because they were my biggest influence and inspiration and my bigges fans,” emosyunal niyang pahayag.
Ang Korean director na Bong Joon-ho, who won Oscar trophies for Parasite ang president jury ng Venice Film Festival ngayong taon.
Other members of the jury were Oscar best picture winner Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), French actress Virginie Efira (recently seen in Paul Verhoeven’s taboo-breaking Cannes-bowing Benedetta), Italian director Saverio Costanzo (Hungry Hearts), Canadian actress and producer Sarah Gadon (Enemy), Romanian documentary maker Alexander Nanau (Oscar nominated this year for Collective) and British actress and singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo (Widows, Harriet).
Bukod sa kanyang direktor at producer na si Dondon Monteverde ay pinasalamatan din ni John ang head ng Star Magic na si Direk Lauren Dyogi kung saan siya nakakontrata, Deo Endrinal ng Dreamscape Entertainment at ang kanyang mga mentors sa showbiz.
Kasama ni John sa On The Job: The Missing 8 sina Joel Torre, Piolo Pascual, Dennis Trillo, Gerald Anderson, Joey Marquez, Dante Rivero, Christopher de Leon, at Lotlot de Leon.