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GMA director wins in NY filmfest for ‘Asintado’


GMA TV director Louie Ignacio was hailed Best Director (Global) for “Asintado” at the recently concluded International Film Festival Manhattan in New York.

“God is so good at speechless ako sa stage when I received the award, nakakatawa!!! Sana suportahan nating mga Pilipino ang indie films! The feeling is so overwhelming!!!” said Direk Louie. Aiko Melendez also won her second international Best Actress Award for the film.

“Asintado” is Direk Louie’s first Indie film and his very first Best Director global award for a movie. It tells the story of how a mentally-challenged son was pushed to kill a drug dealer by his mother, in order to save his brother who was facing imminent danger for botching a drug deal.

“Asintado” also garnered other international recognitions including a Gold Remi Award (Best Picture) for Children’s category at the 48th World Fest Houston (Texas) International Film Festival and a Best Rising Star award for Jake Vargas.

Direk Louie is one of GMA 7’s top directors who helmed various TV specials and programs including “Celebrity Duets,” “I Love NY,” “Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin,” “Mel and Joey,” “SIS,” “SOP,” “Tropang Potchi,” “With A Smile,” and “Basta Everyday Happy.” He is also a music video director and helmed the movies “Pangarap Kong Ibigin Ka,” “Lovestruck” and “Annie B.”

At present, Direk Louie is helming GMA News TV’s “Sarap with Family” and is busy with his next two indie movies, “Child Haus” and “LAUT.”