Filmmaker Quark Henares recently took to Twitter to share a bit about how the buzzy On The Job: The Missing 8 did at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival—and it looks like acclaimed director Bong Joon Ho was obsessed. Not only that, Henares shared that the film festival's jury actually wanted both John Arcilla and Dennis Trillo to get the Volpi Cup for Best Actor! Yup, not only did Arcilla become the first Filipino winner of this international award, but the judges actually felt that there should have been two.
Bong Joon Ho Talks To On The Job Team At The 2021 Venice Film Festival
Henares shared on Twitter how the OTJ2 team, including director Erik Matti and Trillo, was visited by Bong at their dinner table at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Bong is the film festival's jury president—and it was also his birthday on September 14, which is why Henares wanted to share a bit about their experience with the director.
Right after the awarding ceremony, Henares shared that he helped Trillo track down the director to have his copy of a graphic novel based on Parasite signed (a wholesome moment Trillo also posted about). "Me being [an] expert stalker didn't want to take any chances so I dragged Dennis to him and yelled 'Director Bong! I produced On The Job and this...' Bong's eyes lit up and he told Dennis he loved his performance, which surprised me because Dennis is hardly recognizable in the film."
Bong then called over other jury members, German filmmaker Alexander Nanau, English actor Cynthia Erivo, Canadian actor Sarah Gadon, and Oscar winner and Marvel director Chloe Zhao—which led to the awesome moment of them heaping praises on the sequel and Trillo's performance.
Henares posted a clip of Zhao telling Trillo that "if we could give a joint award, we would give to the both of you," referencing Volpi Cup winner Arcilla. Zhao even thought Trillo was an actual inmate.
Then during the dinner after the awarding, director Bong popped by their table to talk about the film." It took me, Erik Matti, Dennis and team all our might to not squeal [the] whole time," he tweeted. While they managed to slide in a few questions about Bong's own works, Henares said that "Every time we'd bring up his films or the other festival films, he'd politely answer and turn the topic back to On The Job."
On The Job: The Missing 8 is the much-anticipated sequel to the crime film On The Job from 2013. You can watch the recut version of both films, turned into an HBO Asia Original mini-series on HBO Go.