The late Filipino actor, Kristoffer King, was awarded the Best Performance for his role as Dante in the feature film “Verdict” under the Asian Feature Film segment at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) held at the National Museum of Singapore.
In the movie directed by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez, the actor played a pathological abuser.
According to a release from SGIFF, the jury felt that King’s character “could easily lapse into caricature, but his nuanced, outstanding, performance gave an insight into the mind of a perpetrator.”
“Verdict” was King’s final role in a feature film.
Filipino director Kristin Parreno Barrameda was also awarded the Residency Prize for her film “Bing.Bong.Bang.”
From the sake statement sent by SGIFF, the movie “which stood out for its ironic voice on the dichotomy of life and death” provided a “fresh and unique perspective on otherwise universal themes.”
“Bing.Bong.Bang” features an amateur criminal who unknowingly takes a suicidal person as hostage as he robs the local bank out of desperation for money to bury his wife.
The winners of the Asian Feature Film Competition were decided by a jury panel, headed by award-winning Indian filmmaker, Anurag Kashyap.
Joining him on the jury are well-versed Malaysian movie producer, Amir Muhammad, veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Pang Ho-cheung, and award-winning Indonesian filmmaker Nia Dinata.