John Arcilla wins Best Actor at the 78th Venice International Film Festival
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John Arcilla wins Best Actor at the 78th Venice International Film Festival

John Arcilla was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for On The Job: The Missing 8. Due to the pandemic, the Filipino actor was not able to go to Italy to receive his award. He, however, posted a video on Instagram, saying he’s very honored and that the “VOLPI CUP is such a symbol of a milestone in my work as an actor.”

The film is a crime thriller film directed by Erik Matti and written by Michiko Yamamoto. It’s a sequel to the 2013 film, On The Job.

On The Job: The Missing 8 poster
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In The Missing 8, a journalist named Sisoy Salas (Arcilla) investigates the disappearance of his colleagues, and a prisoner named Roman Rubio (Dennis Trillo), who is temporarily freed to carry out assassinations.

In the past years, winners of the Volpi Cup include Brad Pitt (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007); Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland, 2006); Sean Penn (21 Grams, 2003 and Hurlyburly, 1998); Liam Neeson (Michael Collins, 1996); and River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho, 1991).

On The Job: The Missing 8 premiered on September 10, 2021 at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, in the Main Competition for the Golden Lion.

It also premiered two days later in a miniseries format for HBO Go, with the first film (On The Job) comprising the first two episodes.

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