(Eagle News) – “Walang Take Two” (No Second Take), the independent film entry of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, won the much coveted “Jury Award,” as well as the “Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film” plum, at the Berlin International Filmmakers’ Festival.
This was the latest in a string of awards received by the independent film produced by the INC’s INCinema production. On October 20, just over a week ago, the same film won the “Best Ensemble Acting” at the International Film Festival in Manhattan held in New York.
The awarding ceremonies on Saturday night in Berlin took place at the last day of the film festival which started on October 22.
The film’s director, Carlo Jay Ortega Cuevas, received the Jury Award for this INC-produced film during the awarding ceremonies.
Kimberly Anne Cordero bagged the “best lead actress in a foreign language film” award although this was her first full-length film role.
The film’s lead actor, John Stevenson Tabangay, was also nominated as “best lead actor in a foreign language film” at the Berlin filmfest. This was also his first time to act in a film.
In fact, it was the first time, for all the film’s cast members to be involved in a full-length movie, including its film director, Carlo Jay Cuevas, which makes the film’s string of victories all the more impressive.
But despite this, “Walang Take Two” garnered awards from various prestigious film festivals, starting in February this year when it won the best director in a foreign film” award last February at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in London for film director Cuevas.
This was followed by the “best film” and “best cinematography in a foreign language film” awards that it received from the 2016 Madrid International Film Festival.
It had also won two major awards from the World Film Awards in Jakarta –the “Platinum World Award” for film director Carlo Jay Cuevas and the “World Newcomer Filmmaker of the Year.” It also won the grand prize in the online-based “Fanboy Film Festival,” getting a total of 9,500 votes as the best feature film.
For all these victories, the film’s cast, crew and producers say this was God’s wonderful work.
Walang Take Two has a spin-off situational comedy series being shown on Net 25, every Saturday at 4 to 5 p.m., “Hapi ang Buhay” now on its second season. (To read more about this, see link: http://www.eaglenews.ph/inc-produced-film-walang-take-two-wins-2-major-awards-in-berlin-filmfest/)