The Philippines just had its first Volpi award winner at the 78th Venice Film Festival—On The Job: The Missing 8 star John Arcilla.
The 208-minute crime thriller is a sequel to On the Job (2013). Helmed by Erik Matti and written by Michiko Yamamoto, the film follows the story of journalist Sisoy Salas (Arcilla) who investigates the sudden disappearances of his colleagues and Roman Rubio (Denis Trillo), a fugitive brought of his jail cell to carry out executions.
The previous winners of Venice Film Festival's principal award are Hollywood's biggest and most sought-after talents: Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix, and more. This is why in his acceptance speech, Arcilla felt deeply gratified for being able to join the roster despite language barriers.
“I know that we come from different countries, and we have different languages and cultures. And yet, I can feel oneness tonight. And I can feel that you understand me, and we understand each other because of the art of cinema. So, thank you so much,” he said.
Matti, Trillo, producers Dondon Monteverde and Quark Henares, and the rest of the On The Job: The Missing 8 team walked the red carpet under the hot Venezian sun on September 10. “I think over a year ago, we were all sitting on one table, discussing how we’re gonna show ‘On The Job’ and we don't know yet if it's ever gonna be shown because the cinemas were closed and we don't know how long is the pandemic gonna take, but it's not just gonna be shown in a cinema, it's gonna be shown in something as prestigious as Venice and that we're really really happy,” Matti expressed.
In celebration of Arcilla's historic win, Tatler lists some of the actor's highly-acclaimed movies besides On The Job: The Missing 8: