Brillante Mendoza, Best Director Cannes 2009

Brillante Mendoza’s second movie in Cannes got him the best director award.

Kinatay is a movie about 24 hours of a policeman’s life. He gets married in the morning then gets to help the older policemen in raping and hacking a prostitute to pieces then spreading the body parts around Manila.

His last year’s movie was Serbis, a movie about a porn theater in where else but Manila.

Previous Cannes entries from the Philippines
1978 Insiang (Lino Brocka)
1980 Jaguar (Lino Brocka)
1981 Bona (Lino Brocka)
1984 Bayan Ko: Kapit Sa Patalim (Lino Brocka)

Mendoza also directed

  • Tirador (2007),
  • Foster Child (2007),
  • Manoro and Kaleldo (2006), and
  • Masahista (2005).

Cannes 2009

Palme d’Or (Golden Palm Award): Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon) by Michael Haneke (Austria)
Grand Prix: Un Prophete (A Prophet) by Jacques Audiard (France)
Jury Prize: Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold; Bak-Jwi (Thirst) by Park Chan-Wook

Un Certain Regard:Police Adjective by Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania) –top jury prize

Philippine entry:
Independencia by Raya Martin, a historical drama starring Sid Lucero and Tetchie Agbayani

Screened with 10 others, but not in competition:
Manila by Adolfo Alix Jr. and Raya Martin, starring Piolo Pascual

Short films:
Sabongero by Filipino-American Janice Perez
Manong Maong by Aissa Penafiel and Miguel Ocampo

62nd Cannes Film Festival
May 14- 24, 2009
France