‘GAMEBOYS’ BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR ELIJAH CANLAS WINS AT THE 17TH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
The rising actor, who plays the role of a young guy diagnosed with HIV on the film, 'Kalel, 15', was recently awarded Best Actor at the Asian Film Festival.
Breakthrough artist, Elijah Canlas, of hit BL series, Gameboys, celebrates his Best Actor win at the recent 17th Asian Film Festival for his lead role in the film, Kalel, 15, produced by The IdeaFirst Company.
For this year’s prestigious Asian Film Festival, 27 feature films and three short films from 10 countries in East Asia (Japan, South Korea, China, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam) are critically curated to feature the best of Asian cinema and to promote a spotlight on budding directors on its Newcomers section.
The festival also hosted 8 local feature films to celebrate 100 years of Philippine Cinema that exhibited some of our best films of recent including Lav Diaz’ The Halt, which was also presented at Cannes 2019; Mac Alejandre’s Kaputol, a film that blends reality and fiction, and bends time and hopes; and then there’s Jun Lana’s Kalel, 15 which is also an official selection for Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 in Estonia.
???? Primo film dell’ultima serata di Festival è KALEL, 15, film filippino diretto da Jun Lana nel 2019.???? Kalel è un ragazzino cattolico. Eccezion fatta per la madre e la sorella, nessuno sa che suo padre è un prete. Incautamente alla ricerca di amore anche tra le braccia di sconosciuti in cui si imbatte on line, un giorno scopre di avere contratto l'Hiv. Nel momento in cui la madre scappa con il suo amante segreto e dopo qualche tempo viene sfrattato di casa, Kalel non può far altro che cercare il padre.????Vi aspettiamo mercoledì 5 agosto alle 20.45 presso il teatro all'aperto Ettore Scola, sito alla Casa del Cinema, per assistere alla prima proiezione serale del Festival!????I biglietti sono acquistabili sia sul nostro sito web ( https://www.asianfilmfestival.info/ ) e sia in loco.Vi aspettiamo! ✨
Posted by Asian Film Festival on Monday, July 20, 2020
Kalel, 15 tells the story of a young Catholic guy diagnosed with HIV and the pressures he is facing in his adolescent period. The plot delves on sensitive topics such as religion, gender discrimination, HIV awareness, coming of age, and poverty all shot in black and white that drenched the whole film with a serious tone. In the titular role is Canlas as its lead along with veteran actors, Jaclyn Jose, who plays as his runaway mother, and the late Eddie Garcia, as his father who happens to be a priest.
Canlas’ best actor win was announced by his producers, The IdeaFirst Company, in a tweet. The same producers also created Gameboys, which continues to rake in a massive following and recently revealed its first ever spin-off, following its mid-season break before the implementation of the stricter MECQ.
CONGRATULATIONS @elijahcanlas_ for winning the BEST ACTOR awards at the 17th Asian Film Festival in Rome, Italy for @junrobleslana's KALEL, 15! You make the @theideafirst_co family and the #GameboysTheSeries global community very proud! pic.twitter.com/NOJgWFxPPX
— The IdeaFirst Company (@theideafirst_co) August 6, 2020
Director Jun Robles Lana, behind the film and series outlet, also commends Canlas’ artistry with a congratulatory tweet.
The great thing about Elijah is that he’s a chameleon. When he takes on a role, he becomes the character, and you can’t imagine it being played by anyone else. He’s a gifted storyteller and he really works so hard at it. Congraaats, @elijahcanlas_!!! https://t.co/QtpWT0xUg6
— Jun Robles Lana (@junrobleslana) August 6, 2020
He expressed his gratitude to everyone who shared in his success in a video posted on the Asian Film Festival Facebook page, that serves as his acceptance speech for the win.
Video messaggio di Elijah Canlas
????Miglior Attore a Elijah Canlas – Kalel, 15 (4)????Il premio va a…protagonista di Kalel 15, per la capacità, nonostante la sua giovanissima età, di mettere in scena un personaggio fragile e pieno di contraddizioni, in maniera naturale e con delle sfumature da attore di grande esperienza. Siamo felici di premiare una performance onesta, commovente e piena di innocenza che ha molto colpito la giuria.✨ Ecco a voi un video messaggio di ringraziamento da parte di Elijah Canlas, protagonista di KALEL, 15!
Posted by Asian Film Festival on Friday, August 7, 2020