Eugene Domingo wins Best Actress at 26th Tokyo International Film Festival

Photo from director Jun Robles Lana

Eugene Domingo did the country proud once more by winning Best Actress at the just-concluded 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF).

This is the first acting prize for the country in the Japanese fest that closed on Friday, October 25.

Domingo won for her starring role in Lana’s latest film, “Barber’s Tales” (Kuwentong Barbero”) — as a submissive wife who takes over her chauvinistic husband’s barber shop after he dies and soon fosters sisterhood among the women in her rural village in the early 1970s.

The film’s writer and director, Jun Robles Lana announced in his Facebook account that Barber’s Tales will be screened in Manila next year.

“Barber’s Tales” won various prizes at the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum last March.

Domingo also attended the Hong Kong event as a presenter at the Asian Film Awards, where Nora Aunor and Eddie Garcia won the top acting prizes for Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” and Lana’s “Bwakaw,” respectively.

This victory is Domingo’s second international accolade after she received the People’s Choice Award for Best Actress for her performance in “The Woman in the Septic Tank” (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank) at the 6th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong in March 2012.

Lana also directed “Bwakaw,” chosen as the Philippine bet to the Best Foreign Language category of the Oscars last year.

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