Brilliante Mendoza was acclaimed best director for his film Kinatay at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in Paris, France, on Sunday night—Monday (May 25) morning in Manila. This was the second consecutive year that he fielded an entry –last year’s was Serbis—to the filmfest’s main competition.
Mendoza, a member of the board of directors of the Directors’ Guild of the Philppines, Inc. (DGPI), won over big name directors like Quintin Tarantino (US), Pedro Almodovar (Spain), Ang Lee (Taiwan), Jane Campion (New Zealand) and Lars von Trier (Denmark).
He was the first Filipino director to win the award which was also previously won by revered filmmakers like Martin Scorcese, Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Luis Bunuel, Robert Bresson, Costa Gavras, Bernard Tavernier, Werner Herzog, Robert Altman, Joel Coen and Gus Van Sant.
The complete list of the 62nd Cannes Filmfest winners as released by the Associated Press is as follows:
Palme d’Or (Golden Palm): The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke (Austria)
Grand Prize: A Prophet by Jacques Audiard (France)
Jury Prize: Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold (Britain) and Thirst by Park Chan-wook (South Korea)
Special Prize: Alain Resnais
Best Director: Brilliante Mendoza for Kinatay (Philippines)
Best Actor: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (US)
Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg for Anti-Christ (Denmark)
Best Screenplay: Feng Mei for Spring Fever (China)
Camera d’Or (first-time director): Samson and Delilah by Warwick Thornton (Australia)
Best Short Film: Arena by Joao Salaviza (Portugal)
Three other Filipino films were entries in this year’s Cannes Filmfest. These are:
–Independencia by Raya Martin for the Section Un Certain Regard. This is the first Filipino film entered in this category. In 2008, Martin also had an entry in the Director’s Fortnight with Now Showing.
–Manila by Raya Martin and Adolfo Alix Jr. in the special screenings category.
–Sabungero by Fil-Am Janice Perez in the short film corner.
Before Serbis, Mendoza entered Foster Child in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2007. In the year 2000, a film by Raymond Red, Anino, won the Palme d’Or for Short Film.
The Film Academy of the Philippines passed a board resolution last Tuesday, May 26 congratulating Mendoza on his achievement.
The resolution reads: “BE IT RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved, that we from the Board of Governors of the Film Academy of the Philippines congratulate Director Brillante Mendoza for winning the Best Director Award in the 62nd Cannes Film Festival for his film Kinatay.
Such prestigious award has instituted the Filipino Film Industry in the globally recognized and respected annals of artistic films for which we, Filipinos, are proud of Mr.Mendoza.”
The DGPI, meanwhile, has scheduled a meeting-celebration for Mendoza’s feat at the Dulcinea on Morato avenue at noon on Sunday, May 31.
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