Last year, she impressed an international jury for her portrayal of a lesbian in Kaleldo. This year, Cherry Pie Picache once again impressed foreigners for her portrayal of a caring mother in the film Foster Child.
The Filipina actress won her second Best Actress Award from the Durban International Film Fest in South Africa for her portrayal of a woman temporarily taking care of children about to be adopted.
Brillante "Dante" Mendoza's film Foster Child also bagged the Best Film Award in the 29th edition of the DIFF, beating the 21 other competing films from all over the world. The Filipino film competed with entries from France, Germany, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States, among others.
Direk Dante sent a text message to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) regarding this victory at 2:15 am (Manila time) on August 2. The award for Best Film comes with a cash prize.
The acclaimed director is currently in Durban, South Africa, to field Foster Child as one of the competition features and Tirador in the official selection. One of the films chosen for the official selection is Leatherheads. This football movie set in the 1920s stars George Clooney and Renee Zellweger. The 29th Durban IFF featured 200 films from more than 95 countries from July 23 to August 3, 2008.
In the previous edition of the filmfest held annually in South Africa, Cherry Pie was adjudged Best Actress for the movie Kaleldo (international title: Summer Heat) "for a sustained and controlled performance of the character of the gay sister, Jess, who despite her apparent cultivated masculine exterior betrays a softness which can hardly be seen but can be felt by all."