Yul Servo is once again honored in Belgium for his actingskills. The councilor of Manila just came back from Brussels where he acceptedhis Best Actor award for the film Torotot (international title: Destierro).
He is doubly happy since his other film, Brutus, wasnamed Best Asian Film during the 35th Brussels InternationalIndependent Film Festival.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to personallycongratulate Yul when he arrived at the Cinema One press conference lastWednesday, November 12, at the Gusi Restaurant in Quezon City. What was hisreaction when he was called onstage as the Best Actor?
"Tuwang-tuwa kasi ako bago binanggit yung Best Actor parangsabi ng jury, hindi sila nahirapan sa pagpili sa akin kasi lahat nag-agreesila. Lahat ng international jury. Natuwa ako, habang lumalakad ako, parangnanginginig yung tuhod ko...parang aatakihin din ako, e. Nagpapalpipate yung pusoko," he recalls.
He revealed that his Best Actor award comes with a cashprize of 200 Euros but the trophy will be shipped to him by December. Throughthe help of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Yul and DirekMaryo J. delos Reyes were able to attend the film fest, which took place fromNovember 4 to 9.
In Torotot, Yul plays a man who suspects that hiswife (Precious Adona) is having an affair with another man. His best friend(played by Baron Geisler) had previously committed a crime of passion when hemurdered his wife (played by Maui Taylor).
Produced by Viva Digital, Torotot is directed byMaryo J. delos Reyes, who is also Yul's manager. The director of Brutus,Tara Illenberger, also attended the filmfest to accept the award of Best AsianFilm. Shot in Oriental Mindoro, this Cinemalaya 2008 entry is about Mangyanchildren who transport illegal logs by floating them down the Lisap River. Yulis cast as the doctor turned NPA leader who accompanies the two children.
More than 25 countries participated in the 35th Brussels IFF. This competition, which started in 1974, alreadyrecognized Yul in the past.
In the 2002 Brussels IFF, Yul sharedthe Best Actor award with Joel Torre for the five-hour film Batang West Side.This Lav Diaz film also bagged the Best Picture trophy that year.
This November, Yul will be seen in the Cinema One entry Dose (Twelve), which is about the close bond between a young boy and a gardener. The fourth Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival will have its campus tour from November 19 to 27. The seven competing films will have theatrical screenings at IndieSine, Robinsons Galleria from December 3 to 10.