Child star Jana Agoncillo’s movie Nervous Translation recently made history by bagging the first ever Netpac Award at the 47th Rotterdam International Film Festival, held in the Netherlands on February 3.
The festival’s site noted that film is the first Filipino film that has bagged the prestigious award since its launch in 1995.
The award is given to the “Best Asian Feature Film” by a jury composed of the members of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (Netpac).
According to jury, Shireen Seno’s opus stood out “for its singularly original representation of childhood that captures a unique view of the world—one that is full of contradictory interactions, introspection, social and political dissonance.”
The Rotterdam jury further pointed out: “With this film, the director has succeeded in creating an unforgettable cinematic universe.”
Nervous Translation is Jana’s first leading role in a film, which was part of last year’s Cinema One Festival.
The film follows the story of a dreamy girl who takes solace in a pen that can write her thoughts while growing up in a “politically unstable climate of the Philippines in 1987.”
Aside from the award, the indie film is also screening in other areas overseas like Netherlands.