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'Ang Lihim ni Antonio' Wins Best Picture at Film Festival in Spain

The cast of 'Ang Lihim ni Antonio' ('Antonio's Secret')

Author: Kaye Villagomez

The cast of 'Ang Lihim ni Antonio' ('Antonio's Secret')

MANILA, Philippines - The 2008 tragic pink flick "Ang Lihim ni Antonio" ("Antonio's Secret") was proclaimed 2010 best film at the International Film Festival Gay and Lesbian or Festival de la Luna concluded in Valencia, Spain Sept. 26.

The movie's director Joselito "Jay" Altarejos failed to show up to claim the top film honor from the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)-initiated festival but nonetheless was overjoyed by the feat. Festival director Frieder Eggerman accepted the trophy on Altarejos' behalf.

Due to the overwhelming response to "Lihim," the "Ang Lalake sa Parola" filmmaker has been asked to join next year's festival with another film "Ang Laro ng Buhay ni Juan" as official entry.

Released through Viva Entertainment in selected theaters in 2008 due to sexual content, "Ang Lihim ni Antonio" starred Kenjie Garcia in the title role as a teen whose struggle with his sexual orientation distanced him from his family and friends. His awakening ended wretchedly when his mother, played by Shamaine Buencamino, found out that the boy's uncle was raping him.

Apart from Kenjie Garcia and Shamaine Buencamino, "Ang Lihim ni Antonio" also starred Josh Ivan Morales, Nino Fernandez and Jiro Manio.

In a previous interview with Bulletin Entertainment, Garcia admitted that the sensitive sexual scenes in the movie made him feel awkward doing them. "At the end of the day, I can only think about the break I'm given and the material [from the director] that I had been trusted with."

Two years later, Garcia's motivation is paying off. Apart from the Festival de la Luna honors, the actor also received a best actor award for the same role at the Festival del Sol in Gran Canaria, also in Spain.

Other pink flicks featured during the festival which ran from Sept. 20 to 26 are "Eating Out: All You Can Eat" by Glenn Gaylord, "Were the World Mine" by Tom Gustafson, "Make the Yuletide Gay" by Rob Williams, "Mr. Right" by Jacqui Morris, "Ai-Mei" by Monika Treut, "Redwoods" by David Lewis, "Burn the Ships" by Francisco Franco, and "Butch Jamie" by Michelle Ehlen.

Open to the public, the films were screened at the MuVIM, the Museu Valencià i la Modernitat Il.lustració, on Calle Quevedo.

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Source: The Manila Bulletin