Filipino directors continue to soar in international film festivals.
This Tuesday, Zig Dulay took home the top prize in the 2018 Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in France for "Bagahe."
His movie tells the story of an OFW (overseas Filipino worker) who, after fleeing her boss, is suspected of dumping a newborn baby in a trash bin of an airplane toilet so that she could come home.
You can watch the trailer below:
The Vesoul jury was headed by China's Wang Xiaoshuai, best known for his Berlin Film Festival-winning entry, "Beijing Bicycle." It also included Liza Dino, the chair of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
Dulay's win follows that of Shireen Seno, who bagged the best Asian film award at the 47th Rotterdam International Film Festival in Netherlands over the past weekend.
Seno was recognized for "Nervous Translation," a coming-of-age drama that follows a young girl who finds a pen that can translate the thoughts and feelings of shy people like herself.
It's the first film from the Philippines to win the Rotterdam award since its launch in 1995.
The jury, composed of members from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, praised Seno for her film that "beautifully captures a unique view of the world – one that is full of contradictory interactions, introspection, social and political dissonance, and disquietude."
"With this film, the director has succeeded in creating an unforgettable cinematic universe."
You can check out its trailer below: