Gina Pareno Wins Best Actress in France; Manoro Bags Special Prize in Italy

Kubrador bags another international award through its lead actress Gina Pareno for winning Best Actress in Amiens International Film Festival in France. On the other hand, Manoro, a film by Brillante Mendoza (Masahista, Kaleldo) was awarded the Cinemavvenire special award in Torino International Film Festival in Italy.

It is Gina Pareno’s 3rd international Best Actress award, the first came from the Osian’s Cinefan in New Delhi and the second from Brussels Filmfest of Independent Films. Gina is now leading the local best actress award race in 8 award-giving bodies come 2007.

Brillante Mendoza’s Manoro, on the other hand, comes from a recent victory at the just concluded Cinemanila International Film Festival, where it won Best Picture and Best Director honors.

Jeffrey Jeturian’s Kubrador won the jury prize for Best Film at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival in Russia last July. It also captured a number of awards in various international film festivals.

Other winners in the Amiens Filmfest are 10 Canoes, 150 Spears & 3 Wives (Australia) – Best Film; Special Jury Prize – Dreams of Dust (Burkina Faso/Canada/France); Best Actor – Damian Alcazar for A Wonderful World (Mexico), Audience Award and Amiens City Award – A Wonderful World by Luis Estrada.

Other winners in the Torino Filmfest are Honor de Cavalleria (Spain), Best Film and Special Jury Prize; Guatemalan Handshake (USA), Best Director and Special Jury Prize; Notes by a Trackman (Kazakhstan) and Bled No One (Algeria/France), Fipresci.

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