Eugene Domingo was hailed Best Actress at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival, director Jun Robles Lana announced on Facebook and Twitter early Friday evening.
Domingo won for her starring role in Lana’s latest film, “Barber’s Tales” (Kuwentong Barbero”) — as a submissive wife who takes over her chauvinistic husband’s barber shop after he dies and soon fosters sisterhood among the women in her rural village in the early 1970s.
“Maraming Salamat sa mga nagdasal at sa pagbati para sa Barber’s Tales. In its world premiere in Tokyo , the audience was moved by the film. I am praying for this film to be seen by many not just in festivals but most especially in our own country. Showing in 2014. AGAIN , my heartfelt thanks to writer/director Jun Robles Lana. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!” Domingo herself posted on Facebook before midnight.
This victory is Domingo’s second international accolade after she received the People’s Choice Award for Best Actress for her performance in “The Woman in the Septic Tank” (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank) at the 6th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong in March 2012.
Honors were spread around Europe, Asia and the Middle East as the 8-day Tokyo festival concluded on Friday.
The festival’s top honor, the Sakura Grand Prix, went to the Swedish film “We Are The Best!”, a coming-of-age tale about three teenage boys who form a punk band in 1980s Stockholm.
The special jury prize went to Iran’s “Bending the Rules”, while Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson was adjudged Best Director for “Of Horses and Men”.
The Best Actor award went to Wang Jingchun for the Chinese film “To Live and Die in Ordos”.