A ONE-TAKE short film about a chef who wanted to commit suicide but was haunted by images of the Santo Nino garnered the most awards in last night’s Sinulog Short Film and Video Documentary Festival.

Remtom Siega Zuasola’s “Kurtina na Pula” won six awards, including first prize in the Best Short Film category.

The awarding was held at Cinema One of the SM City Cebu.

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“Kurtina na Pula” also won the awards for best in editing, sound engineering and musical score, story, and best director for Zuasola.

In an interview yesterday, Zuasola, 27, said it took less than a week for the creation of his masterpiece for the short film festival.

He added that the film took only a day to shoot, and he had to make it perfect or risk doing the film again.

“Kailangan gyud nga walay sayup, kay balikon gyud namo sa sugod,” said Zuasola.


Zuasola, who hails from Barangay Mabolo, is a multi-awarded film maker, with awards including the coveted Cinemanila 2009 Film Festival, where he won the Ishmael Bernal award for outstanding young short film director for his short film “To Siomai With Love.”

He was also last year’s Sinulog Short Film second prize winner for his short film “Humamai.”

The young director, in his victory speech, said “Kurtina na Pula” was inspired by a friend.

“Wherever he is, I wish him luck,” said Zuasola.

“Kurtina na Pula” is a story of a world-class chef whose wife recently died and who was left to care for his only daughter.

To recover from his melancholy, he worked as a chef for a foreign dignitary but was sued by the foreigners after most of them had allegedly suffered from food poisoning.

With the death of his wife and numerous lawsuits coming his way, the chef contemplated on committing suicide but found it hard to end his life after the image of the Santo Nino continued to haunt him.

Aside from “Kurtina na Pula,” other winners include: “Taxi Driver” by Mikio Makino Jr. (2nd Best Short Film) and “Magkukulit II (Scraper)” by Franz Arrogante (3rd Best Short Film), who also won the Best in Cinematography award.

Jerica Espinosa was also awarded Best Child Performer for her role in “Pangandoy,” while Chuck Luat of “Taxi Driver” and Janice Villarosa of “Pagtuo (Faith)” won the Best Actor and Best Actress awards, respectively.

In the Best Video Documentary category, “The Face of Sinulog” of Steve Eraña and Mickey Macachor won first prize. “Kasaulogan (Celebration)” by Junjun Paraiso won second prize while “Ang Tinubdan (The Source)” by Charmaine Maristela Cagang won third prize.