A Filipino film produced in the Kampampangan language has won the Best Asian Film Award at the 3rd Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF) in Vietnam.
“Magkakabaung” (The Coffin Maker) writer and director Jason Paul Laxamana received the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award. The film’s ead actor Allen Dizon was adjudged Best Actor winning over Hollywood actor Ralfh Fiennes of the Best Length Film, Two Women from Russia.
Laxamana is a filmmaker based in the Pampanga province north of Manila, who champions locally produced films by organizing film festivals and workshops. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication and has taught filmmaking at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde.
The movie has given Dizon his second international Best Actor award, after winning his first at the 9th Harlem International Film Festival held in New York last September.
The Coffin Maker also stars Filipina actress-host Gladys Reyes-Sommereux as the errant wife and Dizon’s real-life daughter Felixia Crysten Dizon as the ill-fated daughter. The film was produced by Ferdinand Lapuz for ATD Entertainment Productions.
The Coffin Maker tells the story of a casket factory worker who brings up his eight-year old daughter alone after his wife leaves him, and then accidentally causes the death of the girl by administering the wrong medication. The film presents the coffin maker’s attempts at erasing his guilt and remorse even as he faces difficulties in getting his daughter’s body discharged from the hospital and then buried.
The 3rd HANIFF, organized by the Cinema Department of the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, chose 130 films out of over 400 submissions from 32 countries with nearly 200 free screenings attracting 30,000 viewers. Aside from the competitions, HANIFF also presented its Country in focus – Spotlight program featuring Philippine Independent films.
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