Paolo Ballesteros movie Die Beautiful with acclaimed director Jun Robles Lana bagged the Audience Award in the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF).
The director shared the good news on his Instagram account.
Perci Intalan, producer of the movie, then broke the news on his Facebook that Paolo won as Best Actor.
Paolo also posted about his win on Instagram. Known for his makeup transformations, the actor attended the opening of the TIFF as Angelina Jolie, and came to the awarding ceremony as Julia Roberts.
Die Beautiful was an entry in the TIFF’s main competition while I America and Birdshot were entries in the Asian Future section. Birdshot won the top prize in the said category.
Other Filipino films in the TIFF are Lav Diaz’s Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis, and Brilliante Mendoza’s Shiniuma (Dead Horse), which is part of the omnibus film project “Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections.”