Celebration of Filipino Excellence, a series of film screenings at the CCP, showcases world-class acting talent on its third installment with the Philippine premiere of On The Job: The Missing 8, slated on Feb. 18, 5:00 p.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.
Directed by multi-awarded director Erik Matti, the film earned for actor John Arcilla the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup) for Best Actor at the 78th Venice Film Festival.
The film tells about a corrupt reporter for a local newspaper who is forced to start an investigation following the disappearance of his colleagues and pits him against his personal interests. Meanwhile, an inmate, who is routinely released from prison to carry out assassinations, is sentenced to life in prison for a crime he did not commit and, not wanting to spend the rest of his life as a hitman, begins to plan ways to regain his freedom by any means necessary.
The film premiered on Sept. 10, 2021, at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, where it entered the Main Competition for the Golden Lion and won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for John Arcilla. An HBO Asia Original, this sequel to the 2013 film On the Job focuses on corruption and media censorship now that a new strongman is in power in the Philippines.
Tickets are at Php300. Call TicketWorld at 09175506997 (Globe) or 09999545922 (Smart), or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. Contact the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704 / 8832-1125 local 1409.
The screening will be followed by a short program that includes the formal presentation of the Volpi Cup to John Arcilla, and a post-screening talkback with special guests. Talkback will be livestreamed on the CCP Facebook page.
This special screening is presented by the CCP, in cooperation with the Asian Cultural Council Philippines Foundation, Reality MM Studios, and Globe Studios.
WAGI is a series of special screenings of select feature and documentary films celebrating Filipino excellence. It opened on Nov. 5, 2021 with Ramona Diaz’s documentary A Thousand Cuts to honor Maria Ressa, the first Filipina Nobel laureate. It was followed by the special screening of the GMA7 documentary Team Pilipinas: The Atom Araullo Specials produced by broadcast journalist Atom Araullo that honors the athletes who represented the Philippines and bagged medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The CCP opens its theater with 30 percent capacity, excluding Balcony II. To ensure that everyone will have a safe theater experience, please read CCP’s new normal health protocol at bit.ly/CCPNewNormalProtocol.