Brillante Mendoza Wins Best Director at Cannes

Our very own Brillante Mendoza bags the Prix de la Mise en Scene Best Director award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for his movie "Kinatay."

Although Mendoza’s movie split the critics, he was able to beat Oscar bigwigs like Jane Campion (The Piano), Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, Brokeback Mountain), Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction). Mendoza was recognized for his determination to portray the social reality around him.

“Kinatay” (meaning “butchered” in Tagalog) notably features corrupt cops hacking a prostitute to pieces with blunt kitchen knives. It stars Coco Martin with a supporting cast that include Mercedes Cabral (Serbis), Maria Isabel Lopez, Lauren Novero (Troika) and John Regala.

Last year was the first time since 1984 the Philippines had a film competing for the top prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or. And this year is the first time that a Filipino had won in Cannes.

Check out what the critics say about Kinatay HERE.

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