Filipino actors Jake Cuenca and Barbara Miguel have both received nominations for acting awards at the 4th Queens World Film Festival, held in New York from March 4 to 9 for their roles in Nuwebe.
Cuenca competes against Kevin Thomas Costigan (Killer), Robert Nolan (Mourning Has Broken), Dexter Camara (Silencio), Rob McClure (Recursion), Robbie Capaldi (Brighton), Daniel Kyri (Pefect Day) and Chaske Spencer (The Hero Pose).
Miguel got a Best Actress nomination from the same international award-giving body.
"Nuwebe" itself is nominated for Best Narrative Feature and Best Director Narrative Feature.
The film was inspired by the true story of the youngest mother recorded in Philippine history.
Cuenca plays Moises, an alcoholic pastor who sexually abuses and eventually impregnates his 9-year old daughter, played by Miguel.
Also part of the film were Nadine Samonte, Manny Castañeda and veteran actress Anita Linda.
Cuenca feels proud of the film, which many consider risky because it tells a story about incest and rape.
Miguel also earned critical acclaim at the 2013 Harlem International Film Festival, where she won the Best Actress Award for the same role.
The film premiered in the Philippines in the 2013 Cinemalaya film festival.
The Queens World Film Festival features over 100 films from all over the globe.
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