Allen Dizon must be in cloud nine after making his country proud when he won the Special Jury Prize for acting along with his partner in the film Angellie Nichole Sanoy in the film Bomba (The Bomb) at the recently concluded 33rd Warsaw Film Festival.
Dizon and Sanoy are considered Best Actor and Best Actress of this A List Film Festival accredited by FIAF. They topped a heavy line up that included acclaimed Mexican actor of Y Tu Mama Tambien Gael Garcia Bernal.
In the film, Allen plays Pipo, a deaf mute in his 40’s who is having an affair with a 16- year old girl (played by Angelline). Pipo is a “ticking bomb” who is being pushed by unjust society to the edge.
To date this is Dizon’s 28th acting award. He is also a Gawad Urian Best Actor awardee.
He has 23 Best Actor trophies – four Best Supporting Actor awards and a Best Ensemble award. He has six international Best Actor awards from Harlem New York, back to back win in Ireland, Hanoi, Salento Italy and Warsaw.
Allen won for the roles almost in all films he starred in – Jason Paul Laxamana’s Magkakabaung (10 Best Actors); Mel Chionglo’s Iadya Mo Kami (4 Best Actors); Joel Lamangan’s Dukot (3 Best Actors); Lawrence Fajardo’s Imbisibol (2 Best Actors); Mel Chionglo’s Lauriana (Best Actor); Vic Acedillo’s Lando at Bugoy (Best Actor); Joven Tan’s Paupahan (Best Actor); Sigwa (Best Supporting Actor); Migrante (Best Supporting Actor); and Alvin Yapan’s Edsa (Best Ensemble).
Angellie Sanoy who is 11 years old when she did the Cinemalaya film Patikul by Joel Lamangan won Best Breakthrough Performance at the defunct Golden Screen Awards. She shared that working with her kuya Allen is a joy, napakahusay niya pero hindi sya nang aagawa ng eksena. Kapag eksena ko binibigay niya sa akin. Hindi sya yung tipong magnanakaw ng eksena. Low profile at super tahimik sa set…”
Bomba director Ralston Gonzales Jover is all praises of Allen., saying. “He has mastered the art of ‘indie’ acting- with absolute subtlety and profound intensity. Effortless, subdued and heartfelt.”
Allen dedicated his awards and success to his family – his wife Crystle and children Nella (15), Ixia (12), Lucas (9), and Allene (4).
Aside from Bomba Dizon is done with Brilliante Mendoza’s teleseries AMO and movie Right To Kill, the lead actor of both projects.
He will resume shooting with Ralston Jover’s Persons Of Interest.
Bomba has no schedule of commercial release yet in the Philippines. It made noise when the film initially got an X rating from the MTRCB but during the appeals, the film got an R-13 rating. The film will do the rounds of film festivals overseas in January.
Dizon lamented, “I maybe not be a big star but the film projects I’m getting are something I can be proud of. I got international exposure in festivals on equal footing with other actors. I’m happy and fulfilled. But, I need to strive more. I’m very inspired to do more movies that I can be proud of.”