Pinoy child star wins best actress in Mexico

Ira Agting

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Film on child prostitution earns Sandy Talag a best actress award in Mexican film festival

SNOW WHITE. The young actress shines in a mature role. Photo from the trailer/Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino child actress Sandy Talag was awarded an Outstanding Achievement in Acting award at the Oaxaca International Film Festival on September 29, for her performance in the Dutch-Filipino film, “Lilet Never Happened.”

Talag played an 11-year-old street girl, forced into her line of work by her mother, in the film “Lilet Never Happened.”

Her character Lilet, also nicknamed Snow White, hopes to be an actress to escape her poverty.

Talag entered the local entertainment scene by joining the reality contest StarStruck Kids in 2004. She has since played the younger counterpart of several leading actresses in teleseryes and films such as “Lovestruck,” “Quija,” and “Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po.”

“Lilet Never Happened” is Talag’s first lead role in a film, which she prepared for by imagining herself in her character’s situation.

In an interview with  Filmz TV, the 15-year-old admits not understanding most of the mature content in the film, but the cast and crew, along with the resident psychologist, were present to guide her.

The film by Dutch director Jacco Groen also won Best Youth Film at the 2013 Copenhagen International Film Festival in September and has already been shown in more than 22 countries.

READ: Dutch-Filipino film wins at Copenhagen

“Lilet Never Happened” will be shown in the Philippines in December.

Watch the trailer here:

Mexico’s Oaxaca International Film Festival, which started in 2010, has become one of the largest film festivals in Latin America.

It is dedicated to the advancement of outstanding achievement in cinema and to creating opportunities for filmmakers and scriptwriters. –

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