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Before Jaclyn Jose was named Best Actress at the 69th Cannes film festival, actor Jake Cuenca was named Best Actor in the psycho-thriller film “Mulat” (Awaken) at the World Cinema Festival Brazil 2016.
This is the second time that Cuenca was recognized for his performance in the same movie. His first international acting award came in 2014 when he won at the International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM).
The movie, directed by Maria Diane Ventura, also won Best Narrative Feature. In 2014, Ventura also won Best Director for a Global Feature at the IFFM.
On Instagram, Cuenca congratulated the cast and crew who made the film possible. The caption read: “To God be the glory. congratulation to everyone involved in this movie and congratulations to my director @mariadianeventura.”
The World Cinema Festival Brazil was held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Copacabana, Brazil.
The awarding ceremony will be held on May 28 in Brazil.
This year’s winners:
Best Narrative Feature
“Awaken” – Maria Diane Ventura
Best Narrative Short
“Forget me Not” – Miguel Berzal de Miguel
Best Documentary Feature
“Codigo Color Memorias” – William Sabourin O’reilly
Best Documentary Short
“Tiger Hoods” – Jack D’Isidro and Sandra Lopez-Monsalve
Best Brazilian Made Film
“Noia: A Day at the Limit” – Elder Fraga
Jake Cuenca – “Awaken”
Patricia Vilela – “Noia: A Day at the Limit”