John Arcilla wins the Volpi Cup for Best Actor award at the Mostra Internazionale D’Arte Cinematografica La Biennale di Venezia (Venice International Film Festival) for his performance in Erik Matti‘s film On the Job: The Missing 8. The film is Matti’s sequel to his acclaimed film On the Job that premiered at the Director’s Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. John Arcilla joined Jacyln Jose as the only Filipino actors who won an acting award at an A-list film festival. Jaclyn Jose won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
OTJ2 is inspired by true events. It tells the story of Sisoy Salas, a corrupt journalist seeking justice for his colleagues, and convict Roman Rubio, a hired gun who is regularly brought out of prison to perform assassinations. Sisoy has always been a staunch defender of the government and the popular local mayor Pedring Eusebio. But when his colleagues from the local newspaper—including his long-time friend Arnel Pangan and his innocent son—go missing, Sisoy is forced to rethink his allegiances and confront his own political beliefs. Meanwhile, the prisoner and occasional assassin Roman gets sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime that he did not commit. Unwilling to spend the rest of his life as a hired killer, Roman begins plotting to take back his freedom by any means possible. Battling against dirty bureaucracy and a surge of fake news manufactured against the victims, Sisoy persistently investigates the fate of the Missing 8. Slowly, he inches closer to the truth, earning him the ire of Mayor Eusebio and his powerful political machinery. Sisoy and Roman’s paths are set on a deadly collision course when Sisoy becomes Roman’s next target.
John Arcila is now part of an amazing roster of actors who won the coveted Volpi Cup. Some of the awardees are Hollywood actors like Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Willem Defoe, Javier Bardem, Liam Neeson, Ben Affleck among others.