OFW-themed films Triangle of Sadness, Plan 75 win top awards at Cannes Festival

OFW  Triangle of Sadness Cannes Festival
Dolly de Leon in “Triangle of Sadness” and Stefanie Arianne in “Plan 75.” Photos from Triangle of Sadness film via Variety, Plan 75 Twitter.

Triangle of Sadness and Plan 75, two films featuring Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have won top prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France.

“Triangle of Sadness,” the social satire commentary tackling privilege and greed by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund won the Palme d’Or, the highest award at the prestigious annual film festival.

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The film stars FAMAS-winning Filipino actress Dolly de Leon (Verdict) who plays Abigail, a toilet manager working on a cruise ship that gets stranded on a deserted island. De Leon’s highly-lauded performance in the film was a homage to OFWs.

Filipino co-produced film “Plan 75” starring Filipino-Japanese actress Stefanie Arianne as a Filipina caregiver, received the Cannes Camera d’Or Special Mention Award.

The film, directed by Hayakawa Chie, is co-produced by Filipino producer Alemberg Ang and Filipino production company Fusee headed by Will Fredo. The dystopian drama focuses on Japan’s ageing population and also features Filipino actress Sheryl Ichikawa.

The films were among the top winners in the recently concluded 75th annual Cannes Film Festival which took place from May 17 to 28, 2022.

Another Filipino iconic film “Itim” by Mike de Leon was screened in Cannes as part of this year’s Restoration World Premieres offerings.

Also at this year’s annual festival, filmmaker Arvin Belarmino’s first feature film project, RIA, won the CNC Award at the Cannes Residency pitch.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the teams behind the films “Triangle of Sadness” and “Plan 75” for honoring Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their stories.

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