And the winners of Cinema One Originals 2019 are...

Alessandra de Rossi (left) and Iana Bernardez are among the winners of the Cinema One Originals film fest 2019.
PHOTO/S: Allan Sancon

Alessandra de Rossi and Gold Azeron took home the top acting honors in the 2019 Cinema One Originals film festival.

Alessandra was cited for portraying a lucid dreamer in "Lucid" while Gold was cast as an intersex person in "Metamorphosis."

In her acceptance speech, Alessandra poked fun at herself by saying, "Hindi man lang ako nakapagsuklay. Hayaan niyo next time magsuklay na ako. Salamat sa pagtiyaga, Direk [Victor Villanueva], first time ko maka-Take 4 sa movie na to. Lagi lang akong Take 1 sa iba."

Gold portrayed an intersex person who has both male and female genitalia.

He said about his Best actor trophy, "Finally! Dati kasi lagi lang ako extra, passerby, ngayon actor na ko. Yung mga gusto maging artista, hintay lang kayo ng tamang panahon tulad ko. Salamat sa tatay ko na sinuportahan ako sa gusto ko."

Giancarlo Abrahan’s gay rom-com “Sila Sila” was named Best Picture, while J.E. Tiglao’s feature debut “Metamorphosis” also emerged triumphant with five awards in Cinema One Originals 2019 held last Friday (November 15) at the Dolphy Theater.

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Best Picture “Sila Sila” marks Giancarlo's return to Cinema One Originals, since he had already placed first in the 2017 edition of the film fest for his sophomore film "Paki."

“I dedicate this award to the entire spectrum in the LGBT community. . . . Nandito kaming lahat ngayon nakatayo sa harap ninyo, baklang direktor, baklang manunulat, at baklang mga aktor [We’re all here standing in front of you—a gay director, a gay screenwriter, and gay actors]. We are seen,” said Giancarlo in his acceptance speech.

Aside from receiving the top award, “Sila Sila” also won Audience Choice and Best Screenplay for Daniel Saniana, while Topper Fabregas was named as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the contemporary flick that won a total of four recognition.

The coming-of-age drama about an intersex person, “Metamorphosis” secured the Best Actor award for protagonist Gold Azeron, Best Supporting Actress award for Iana Bernardez, and Best Director award for Tiglao.

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It also won Best Sound for Immanuel Verona and Vince Banta as well as the Best Cinematography award for Tey Clamor, who shared the recognition with “Tia Madre’s” Carlos Mauricio.

Tiglao, the director of "Metamorphosis," was teary eyed as he recalled his struggles while doing his film. His movie was initially given an X rating before it was reclassified as R-16.

He narrated, "Limang taon ko inilaban ang pelikula na ito na maipalabas. Salamat kay Sir Ronald Arguelles sa pagpili na maisama ang Metamorphosis sa Cinema One Originals. Iniaalay ko ito sa lahat ng intersex."

Victor Villanueva’s “Lucid,” which delved into the lucid dreaming phenomenon, also reaped three awards, consisting of the Best Actress distinction for Alessandra de Rossi, Best Editing for Benjamin Tolentino, and Best Music for Emerzon Texon, which Kevin Dayrit of the film “O” also won.

Dustin Celestino’s “Utopia” took home the Best Production Design award, as well as the Jury Prize.

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This year’s awards jury included Lav Diaz, Paulo Avelino, Sari Dalena, Emil Hofileña, and Sungho Park.

Cinema One Originals 2019 runs until Sunday (November 17) at the following venues: TriNoma, Glorietta, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Power Plant Mall, Gateway, UPFI, Cinema Centenario, Cinematheque Centre Manila, Black Maria Cinema, and Cinema '76 Film Society. There are also screenings at Vista Cinemas Iloilo and Evia Lifestyle.

Here is the list of winners of the 15th Cinema One Originals film fest:

Technical Category

Best Picture: “Sila Sila”

Best Director: J.E. Tiglao, “Metamorphosis”

Best Screenplay: Daniel Saniana, “Sila Sila”

Best Sound: Immanuel Verona and Vince Banta, “Metamorphosis”

Best Music: “O,” Kevin Dayrit and “Lucid,” Emerzon Texon

Best Editing: Benjamin Tolentino, “Lucid”

Best Production Design: Eero Yves Francisco, “Utopia”

Best Cinematography: Tey Clamor, “Metamorphosis” and Carlos Mauricio, “Tia Madre”

Acting Category

Best Actor: Gold Azeron, “Metamorphosis”

Best Actress: Alessandra de Rossi, “Lucid”

Best Supporting Actor: Topper Fabregas, “Sila Sila”

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Best Supporting Actress: Iana Bernardez, “Metamorphosis”

Special Awards Jury Prize: “Utopia"

Audience Choice: "Sila Sila"

Best Short Film: "Sa Among Agwat (In Between Spaces)," Don Senoc

Best Student Film: "Kapasidad," Tyrone James Luanzon

Here are the official entries that competed in Cinema One Originals 2019:

1. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid made her movie comeback via Yours Truly, Shirley. Her character is a widow who believes a young popstar (Rayt Carreon) is the reincarnation of her deceased husband.

2. Victor Villanueva’s “Lucid,” written by Natts Jadaone, stars Alessandra de Rossi and JM de Guzman and centers its story on Ann, a luminous dreamer with her dreams the exact opposite of her mundane, routinary life. As she crosses paths with another lucid dreamer, she realizes her dreams are far more alive than her reality—making her question if it is worth staying there or not.

3. “Metamorphosis” is a coming-of-age story about Adam, a 14-year old kid who was born with a secret of having both male and female genitals. It stars Gold Azeron, Iana Bernardez, and Ivan Padilla and is directed by J.E. Tiglao.

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4. Lauren Young, Anna Luna, Sarah Carlos, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith lead the cast of Kevin Dayrit’s “O,” where Maria, a morgue-intern, meets vampire ‘drug lord’ Matilda in “O.” In this thriller, Matilda forces Maria to become a blood pusher in exchange for her life, selling dried blood sachets to modern-day, harmless vampires.

5. Giancarlo Abrahan's “Sila-Sila,” a comedy about a boy who falls in and out of love with ‘the same people’ starring Topper Fabregas and Gio Gahol.

6. “Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo,” a romance drama by Denise O’ Hara, meanwhile zeroes in on the roller coaster breakup of Alex (Jane Oineza) and Carlo (JC Santos).

7. Eve Baswel’s horror entry “Tia Madre” is about 10-year-old Angel (Jana Agoncillo) who is living alone with her warm and loving mother (Cherie Gil), who unexpectedly became distant and violent towards her. Angel wonders, is she really her mother?

8. A crime comedy entry, Dustin Celestino’s “Utopia” stars Arron Villaflor, Enzo Pineda, and Joem Bascon. The film is about a videographer, a rookie police officer, and an undercover agent whose lives intertwine in the labyrinth of a violent city’s underbelly.

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Cinema One Originals has been producing films with edgy, thought-provoking concepts such as “That Thing Called Tadhana,” “Baka Bukas,” “Yanggaw,” “Confessional,” “Changing Partners,” “2 Cool 2 be 4Gotten,” “Mamu; And a Mother too” and more.

It has been the discovery platform for new talents and the breeding ground for filmmakers such as Jerrold Tarog, Antoinette Jadaone, Richard Somes, Jason Paul Laxamana, and Dwein Baltazar—who all started in C1 Originals. Several of its previous entries have been highly acclaimed in not just local but also international award-giving bodies.

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Alessandra de Rossi (left) and Iana Bernardez are among the winners of the Cinema One Originals film fest 2019.
PHOTO/S: Allan Sancon
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