A day after getting an Emmy nomination for Best TV Movie/Mini-Series and director, Erik Matti’s action thriller OTJ The Missing 8 receives another accolade as it becomes the country’s official entry to the 2022 Oscars.
The Reality MM Studio’s Instagram account announced the news last Saturday, October. “On The Job: The Missing 8 has been selected as the Philippine entry to the Best International Feature Film category of the 95th Academy Awards,” the announcement said.
The film, created by Erik Matti and Michiko Yamamoto, and executive produced by Ronald “Dondon” Monteverde, premiered at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival, where it received a 5-minute standing ovation.
Reality MM Studios also thanked the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines Inc. (DGPI), the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), and The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) for this honor. “Mabuhay ang Pelikulang Pilipino!” the caption wrote.
The series On The Job The Missing 8 stars Dennis Trillo John Arcilla, Andrea Brillantes, Soliman Cruz, Christopher De Leon, Ricky Davao, Lotlot de Leon, Dante Rivero, Agot Isidro, Donna Cariaga, Joel Torre, William Martinez, and Ina Feleo.
Lead actor John Arcilla, who won the prestigious Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his performance as the morally-conflicted journalist Narciso “Sisoy” Salas at the Venice Film Festival last year, also shared the news on his own Instagram account.
He wrote: “They said when it rains it pours. TODAY, “OTJ The Missing 8” is officially announced as the Philippines’ official entry to the OSCARS 2022, after the announcement of the EMY Nomination yesterday. To God be the Glory! Congratulations”
Released last year, On The Job The Missing 8 is director Erik Matti’s latest crime thriller and is the sequel to his 2013 film On The Job which originally starred Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, and Piolo Pascual. It tells the story of a journalist (played by John Arcilla) who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his colleagues, and a prisoner who is temporarily freed to carry out assassinations.