‘Bakal Boys’ wins top honor at ACFF
The “Bakal Boys” struck not metal but gold when the indie film earned the Best Film Award at the 2010 Asian Connection Film Festival in France.
Ralston Jover’s 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival full-length feature bested five other entries in competition, which came from China, Japan, and Korea.
Liu Jian’s “Piercing 1” (China) was declared second place, while Lee San-woo’s “Mother is a Whore (South Korea)” came in at third.
The film (with international name “Children Metal Divers”), shot in docu-drama style, depicts the lives of real-life young metal divers from Baseco, Tondo, who risk their lives by plunging into the sordid, contaminated waters of Manila Bay in search of scrap metals to sell. It is also said to be a “symbolic state which borders on life that is painful and death that is certain.”