Days after the Philippine premiere of Brillante Mendoza's Foster Child, this indie film produced by Robbie Tan of Seiko Films brings honor to the country once again.
Cherry Pie Picache's performance as a foster mother from the slums earned for her the Best Actress Award during the 9th Osian's Cinefan International Film Festival, which concluded last Sunday, July 29.
Established in 1999 in New Delhi, India, Osian's Cinefan is one of Asia's leading film festivals devoted principally to Asia and the Arab world. In the ninth edition of this film festival, Cherry Pie bagged the Best Actress award in the Asian and Arab competition section.
According to the official website of Osian's Cinefan, the veteran actress won for "her portrayal of the character of Thelma, the foster mother, Cherry Pie Picache has delivered a performance that has managed to make even a fictional story look very much like a slice of life!"
Shot documentary style, this indie film follows the Manlangqui family as they stick to their daily routine, even as they say goodbye to their foster child, John-John, whom they have raised for the past three years. Director Brillante shows the situation of most foster parents-for-hire in a Third World country such as the Philippines.
Earlier this year, Foster Child was screened in the Directors' Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival, making it the fourth Filipino film to be screened in this prestigious film fest. It is also Brillante's fourth feature film, following Masahista (2005), Kaleldo (2006), and Manoro (2006).