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With best actor win in Bangladesh, Louise Abuel finally gets his due

/ 12:32 AM January 23, 2020
Louise Abuel in “Edward”

Louise Abuel in “Edward”

Louise Abuel’s performance in Thop Nazareno’s coming-of-age drama “Edward” won for him his first best actor award at the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh. “Louise was able to effortlessly show the struggle of Filipinos through the innocence of his character,” Nazareno said when Inquirer Entertainment asked him what he thought earned for Abuel the judges’ nod.

This year’s jury for the feature film category are Joanna Kos-Krauze, chairperson (Poland); Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh); Päivi Kapiainen-Heiskanen (Finland); and Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Spain), according to Ferdy Lapuz, one of the film’s producers.

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“His natural charm, which was one of my main deciding factors in casting him, made his character very sympathetic. He was able to convey complex emotions through acting nuances rather than dialogue. He spoke volumes without actually saying too much,” Nazareno said. “As his director, I’m really happy that he finally got recognized for his craft.”

Lapuz posted Abuel’s victory in his Facebook account. He was in Bangladesh last weekend to accept the award on the actor’s behalf. “Edward” debuted at the 2019 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, where it won three top prizes: Special Jury Prize, best production design and best supporting actress for Ella Cruz.—MARINEL CRUZ

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