Pinay actor Judy Ann Santos shone brightest in her category at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) where she won the best actress award for playing wife to military medic and mother to a young girl battling cancer in the movie “Mindanao.”
The latest work of Brillante Mendoza had also created a stir in film festivals in Taiwan, India, Estonia and Busan.
“Brillante Mendoza expresses a complex of human emotions depending on a harsh and painful reality as well as a very special life experience, in a unique cinematic style that combines animation to tell the epic tale of Princess Mindanao who casts a shadow over the civil war that tore the Philippines apart,” Rasha Hosny wrote on the CIFF website.
The movie also won in Cairo the Henry Barakat Award for Best Artistic Contribution.
With all the rounds that “Mindanao” has made internationally, Mendoza admitted in a statement sent to Bulletin Entertainment by the Film Development Council of the Philippines that he is all the more looking forward to his film’s screenings in the Philippines.
“Mindanao,” which was recently awarded a Grade A by the Cinema Evaluation Board, is an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival in December.