Star Cinema and iWant’s ‘Quezon’s Game’ wins big at Canadian filmfest


Posted at Jan 13 2019 02:14 AM | Updated as of Jan 13 2019 04:01 AM

A scene from "Quezon's Game." Star Cinema and iWant

A movie about how President Manuel L. Quezon provided refuge for more than a thousand Jewish people fleeing the Nazi regime in the 1930s has won awards in Canada. 

A collaboration between Star Cinema and streaming service iWant, "Quezon's Game" received 12 awards at the 2018 Cinema World Fest (Autumn Selection), it was revealed recently. 

Cinema World Fest gave the period film the Award of Merit for a Drama Feature, besides other citations. 


"Quezon's Game" stars Raymund Bagatsing as the titular president, and Rachel Alejandro, who plays Quezon's wife, Aurora. 

It is directed by Matthew Rosen, who was also given the Award of Recognition for Directing. 

The other awards the movie received were for Billy Gallion as supporting actor, as well as lighting, original score, produced screenplay, set design, sound design, costume design, and color treatment. 

All of this means that "Quezon's Game" will go on to compete with the other winners of the festival's Winter, Spring, and Summer selections at a gala event scheduled this year in Ottawa. 

An audience will get to choose its favorite among the winners, which will then be handed the Cinema World Fest trophy. 

"Quezon's Game" will make its Philippines premiere this year and will be available for streaming on iWant following its theatrical run.