Director Joel Lamangan’s film Tomodachi won two awards in the 2016 Madrid Film Festival last Saturday, July 9. The film which starred Jacky Woo and Bela Padilla competed with 11 other foreign films and they were soon proclaimed as the Best Foreign Language Feature Film. Tomodachi which means friendship in English also bagged the Best Musical Score for Jacky and Emerson Teczon.
The setting of the story was during the World War 2 and it revolved around the love story of Toshiro (Jacky) and Rosalinda (Bela). Toshiro was a friend of Edilberto (Pancho Magno) in Cavite and he soon fell in love with Rosalinda who is Edilberto’s younger sister.
In 2015, Filipino film Mana was proclaimed the Best Film and Cherie Gil, who top-billed the movie won as Best Actress in a Foreign Language Feature Film at the same festival.