‘Edward’ hailed as best film by Young Critics Circle


Posted at May 16 2020 08:49 PM

MANILA -- This year's awards night has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But whenever it does eventually push through, it'll be the makers of "Edward" who will be up onstage, receiving the top prize of the 30th Annual Circle Citations, from the country's Young Critics Circle (YCC).

‘Edward’ hailed as best film by Young Critics Circle 1
Louise Abuel plays the titular character who takes care of his ailing father played by Dido dela Paz. Cinemalaya

"Edward" is a coming-of-age story about a boy, played by Louise Abuel, who spends a bulk of his teen years living in a hospital to take care of his ailing father. It doubles as a glimpse into the sorry state of our country’s public healthcare system --timely, given the pandemic.

It was named YCC's best film this year for its stellar performances, as "its excellent use of the hospital space, where the setting becomes a kind of character, an animating presence."

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The YCC is a group of movie critics whose members are composed of those working in the academe, dedicated to highlighting the "most imaginative" ideas in the local world of arts.

Another winner this year is Isabel Sandoval, who starred in "Lingua Franca" as an undocumented trans woman working as a caregiver in New York. She won best performance.

The other winners can be seen below:

  • Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design -- "Lingua Franca," Isaac Banks, Maxwell Nalevansky, and Clint Ramos
  • Best Editing -- "Verdict," Marx Diego Dobles
  • Best Achievement in Sound and Aural Orchestration -- "Cleaners," Glenn Barit, Daryl Libongco, Nicole Amores, RJ Cantos, Aeriel Ellyzon Mallari, John Michael Perez
  • Best First Feature -- "Cleaners" (Glenn Barit), "John Denver Trending" (Arden Rod Condez), and "Verdict" (Raymund Ribay Gutierrez)

The awards night of the 30th Annual Circle Citations has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new date will be announced, according to the organizers, on their official social media pages.