Filipino actor John Arcilla Hailed Best Actor at 78th Venice Film Festival

His riveting performance in the film "On The Job: The Missing 8" has earned Filipino actor John Arcilla the coveted Coppi Volpi (Volpi Cup) for Best Actor at the 78th Venice Film Festival.

John Arcilla delivering his virtual acceptance speech. Credit:

Arcilla portrayed Sisoy Salas in the Erik Matti-directed movie, which received a five-minute standing ovation on its first premiere at the prestigious film festival. 

Matti received the award on Arcilla's behalf but the actor delivered a virtual acceptance speech. He underscored the importance of films in uniting people of different backgrounds. 

"I know that we can understand each other despite our differences and it’s because of the arts – the arts of cinema," he said.