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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 29, 2021



A PINOY MOVIE wins big in the 54th Worldfest Houston International Filmfest in Texas. 

This is “Belle Douleur”, a Cinemalaya entry produced by Quantum Films and directed by Josabeth Villanueva Alonso. 

It won the Special Jury Award for best feature film in the category for foreign films. 

Its lead actor, Kim Thompson, won the best actor award. 

The filmfest jurors wrote: “Kit Thompson's charming performance in 'Belle Douleur' was easy to fall in love with and earned him the Remi Award for BEST ACTOR (Panorama Asia) at WorldFest 54!” 

In his social media account, Kit extended his gratitude to the WorldFest-Houston organizers for recognizing his talent, saying: 

“Everyone has their own turn. I honestly didn’t think I’d win best actor. I was already happy when I found out I was nominated for best actor.” 

He also thanked the people he worked with in ‘Belle Douleur”: 

“I’d like to thank my director Atty. Joji Alonso for trusting me with her first feature film. Thank you for the patience and the time. Also, to my partner @missmylenedizon for guiding me, I wouldn’t have done it without you. 

"To @rubyruizzz and @rolandoinocencio for giving me the tools I needed for this project. How can I forget to thank the crew and the people who were a part of making this film?

"Again, to @worldfesthouston thank you for gracing me with this award.”  

Congratulations to Direk Joji Alonso and to Kit Thompson. 

Kit’s leading lady, Mylene Dizon, was also nominated for the Best Actress award but the trophy went to a Japanese actress.

Personally, we truly believe Mylene gave a superb performance as the older woman who gets involved with a younger man in this May-November love story.