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San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Alpha, The Right to Kill’

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Don’t come to “Alpha, The Right to Kill,” the latest rough-hewn slab of social realism from Filipino auteur Brillante Ma Mendoza, in search of revelations, either in form or content. A rumbling, street-pounding drug-war thriller, it’s far from the first film to paint cops and dealers on this beat as equally bent; a Mendoza joint that drags viewers brusquely through the ragged poverty and institutional corruption of modern Manila is hardly an unfamiliar proposition either. “Alpha” doesn’t profess to be anything new, however: There’s a bone-weary resignation to its worldview that underlines its simple moral point all the more effectively.

That said, this story of a Swat officer and a punkish informant’s fateful outside-the-law collaboration is Mendoza’s most propulsive and engrossing variation on his favored themes in some time. It’s also his most straight-up genre exercise to date — somewhat reminiscent of José Padilha
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Brillante Mendoza Goes Hitchcock With ‘Brillante Mendoza Presents’

Phillippine filmmaker Brillante Mendoza is primarily known to film festival goers and devoted arthouse cinephiles, with the director’s pictures — such as “Kinatay,” “Captive,” and the upcoming “Ma’ Rosa“— generally making small, limited runs in the United States. But the filmmaker is nonetheless a compelling voice, and like many of his colleagues in Europe and stateside, he’s found a new outlet on the small screen.

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The Best Films of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

After nearly two weeks of viewing some of the best that cinema will have to offer this year, the 69th Cannes Film Festival has concluded. With Ken Loach‘s I, Daniel Blake taking the top jury prize of Palme d’Or (full list of winners here), we’ve set out to wrap up our experience with our 10 favorite films from the festival, which extends to the Un Certain Regard and Directors’ Fortnight side bars.

It should be noted that The Nice Guys, which screened out of competition, was among our favorites of the festival (review here), but, considering it’s now in wide release, we’ve elected to give room to other titles. Check out our top 13 films below, followed by the rest of the reviews and all of our features. One can also return in the coming months as we learn of distribution news for all of the mentioned films.
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[Cannes Review] Ma’ Rosa

Not a huge amount happens in Ma’ Rosa, the relentless new film from Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, which premieres this week in competition at Cannes. In present-day Manila, a woman and her husband are arrested for dealing methamphetamines and taken to the police station for interrogation before rounding up their three children who, in turn, must collect the sufficient sum of money to bail them out. It’s a bit of a slog, not least in the first half, but it’s also the kind of film that seeps into the viewer in the minutes and hours and days afterwards. Returning to the style and locale that brought him international acclaim with Kinatay in 2009, Mendoza shoots it like a pseudo-documentary, employing erratic, grainy handheld camerawork and relatively few cuts. Critics often say he’s an uncompromising director. It’s easy to see why.

Jaclyn Jose plays Rosa, the titular matriarch
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Ma'Rosa review: a cold, hard look at what it means to be poor

Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s social realist drama takes us to the dark heart of police corruption in Manila, but never really gets inside the victims’ heads

The Filipino director Brillante Mendoza is one of Cannes’ established auteur film-makers, and his new movie here, entitled Ma’Rosa, returns us to the themes of his violent shocker Kinatay from 2009 — the cynicism and corruption of the police and the city authorities, the casual violence and the desperation of the ruled-over who must make what accommodation they can with those in power. It is a tough social realist slice of life at ground level in Manila, unfolding in what feels like real time: violent, though perhaps less so than in that notorious earlier movie and with a droll habit of transcribing the banal conversations of police officers as they deal what they consider to be their paperwork. I wonder if Mendoza hasn’t
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Southeast Asia directors line up art-inspired omnibus

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Southeast Asia directors line up art-inspired omnibus
The five award-winning directors will each make a short film inspired by a piece of art from their region.

National Gallery Singapore has announced an unprecedented collaboration with five award-winning Southeast Asian filmmakers – Apichatpong Weerasethakul [pictured] (Thailand), Brilliante Mendoza (Philippines), Eric Khoo (Singapore), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia) and Joko Anwar (Indonesia).

The five directors will create Art Through Our Eyes, an omnibus for which the directors each pick a masterpiece from the region to inspire their short films.

Initiated by Khoo with the Gallery, the project of dramatized interpretations aims to connect with audiences worldwide to deepen their appreciation for Southeast Asian art.

The directors are all festival favorites. Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the Palme d’Or in 2010 in Cannes while his Tropical Malady won a jury prize in 2004.

Mendoza won the Best Director at Cannes in 2009 for Kinatay; Khoo’s My Magic was in Cannes competition in 2008 and his Be With Me opened
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Watch: First International Trailer For Brillante Mendoza’s Cannes Bound Drug Drama ‘Ma’ Rosa’

While he’s got prizes from Cannes on his shelf for “Kinatay” and “Taklub,” the films of Brillante Mendoza tend to find an audience only with the most devoted of arthouse cinephiles. Even when he flirted with a wider audience, directing Isabelle Huppert in “Captive” a few years back, the director’s films are delivered in his […]

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First Trailer For Brillante Mendoza’s Cannes Competition Drama ‘Ma’ Rosa’

Coming back to Cannes Film Festival after last year’s Taklub in the Un Certain Regard section, Filipino director Brillante Mendoza will return to the main competition line-up with Ma’ Rosa. His first time back in the section since he picked up Best Director in 2009 for Kinatay, the first trailer has arrived today for the intense-looking drama.

According to the official synopsis, the plot follows “Rosa, mother of four, owns a small convenient store in the slums of Manila. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, sell narcotics on the side, until the police comes to arrest them. Their children have to trade the little they have left to pay off the police.”

Check out the trailer below for the film starring Jaclyn Rose, Julio Diaz, Felix Roco, Andi Eigenmann, Kristofer King, Mercedes Cabral, Jomari Angeles, and Maria Isabel Lopez.

Cannes 2016 begins on May 11th.
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Cannes archives: Jacques Audiard tops Screen's Jury Grid 2009

Cannes archives: Jacques Audiard tops Screen's Jury Grid 2009
Ahead of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Screen looks back at the hits and misses of 2009 according to our jury of critics.

Screen’s jury of international critics has long been a strong diviner as to what will win the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival – and 2009 was no different.

Topping the grid was Jacques Audiard’s crime drama A Prophet, starring then newcomer Tahar Rahim, which scored an impressive 3.4 out of 4 and went on to win to the festival’s Grand Prix.

The winner of the coveted Palme d’Or was Michael Haneke’s chilling pre-war drama The White Ribbon, which came a close joint second on the grid with 3.3 alongside Jane Campion’s period romance Bright Star.

While the Palme d’Or alluded Audiard in 2009, the French filmmaker returned in 2015 with Dheepan and picked up the festival’s top prize.

The 2009 line-up also featured a divisively generous portion of violence courtesy of [link
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Cannes: Films Distribution reunites with Brillante Mendoza on 'Ma’ Rosa'

Filipino director’s Palme d’Or contender revolves around a convenience store owner who sells narcotics on the side.

Paris-based Films Distribution has reunited with Filipino director Brillante Mendoza to handle international sales of his new film Ma’ Rosa ahead of its premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).

Set against the backdrop of the slums of Manila, the film revolves around convenience store owner Rosa, who sells narcotics on the side. When Rosa and her husband are arrested, their four children are forced to trade their meagre possessions to raise money to pay-off the police.

It sees Mendoza reunite with Jaclyn Jose, having previously worked with the veteran actress on Service (Serbis), which played in Competition at Cannes in 2008.

“I went to see a first-cut in Manila a few months ago, and knew right away that this was probably his best work ever,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

“In a sense
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Films Distribution reunites with Mendoza on Cannes competition entry ‘Ma’Rosa’

Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s latest revolves around a convenience store owner who sells narcotics on the side.

Paris-based Films Distribution has re-united with Filipino director Brillante Mendoza to handle international sales of his new film Ma’Rosa ahead of its premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Set against the backdrop of the slums of Manila, the film revolves around convenience store owner Rosa, who sells narcotics on the side.

When Rosa and her husband are arrested, their four children are forced to trade their meagre possessions to raise money to pay-off the police.

“I went to see a first-cut in Manila a few months ago, and knew right away that this was probably his best work ever,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

“In a sense, I was not surprised that Cannes shared my enthusiasm for the movie. It has the distinctive style and voice that is always present in Mendoza’s movies, but beyond
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Films Distribution reunites with Mendoza on Cannes competition entry ‘Ma’Rosa’

Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s latest revolves around a convenience store owner who sells narcotics on the side.

Paris-based Films Distribution has re-united with Filipino director Brillante Mendoza to handle international sales of his new film Ma’Rosa ahead of its premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Set against the backdrop of the slums of Manila, the film revolves around convenience store owner Rosa, who sells narcotics on the side.

When Rosa and her husband are arrested, their four children are forced to trade their meagre possessions to raise money to pay-off the police.

“I went to see a first-cut in Manila a few months ago, and knew right away that this was probably his best work ever,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

“In a sense, I was not surprised that Cannes shared my enthusiasm for the movie. It has the distinctive style and voice that is always present in Mendoza’s movies, but beyond
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Main cast of omnibus film by Brillante Mendoza, Isao Yukisada and Sotho Kulikar is revealed

The Japan Foundation and the Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) announced the main cast for the omnibus film.

Launched in 2014 the Asian Three – Fold Mirror project aims to deepen interactions between neighboring countries within Asia, as well as enriching cultural understanding and providing chance for people to consider their identity and way of life as individuals in Asia.

Lou VelosoMasahiko TsugawaMasatoshi Nagase Sharifah Amani – Masaya Kayo – Chumvan Sodhachivy

The three Asian directors selected, Brillante Mendoza (Philippines), Isao Yukisa (Japan) and Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia) have selected their main cast to appear in their chapters. The acclaimed Filipino actor Lou Veloso will be starting in Mendoza’s episode. Two famous Japanese actors, Masahiko Tsugawa & Masatoshi Nagase along with the Malaysian actress Sharifah Amani will be starring in Yukisada’s chapter. Finally Japanese actor Masayo Kato and Cambodian actress Chumvan Sodhachivy will be appearing in the episode by Kulikar. The protagonist
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Cartagena International Film Festival 2016 – Asian Presence

The 55th Cartagena International Film Festival will take place from March 2nd until March 7th in Cartagena (Colombia). This event is one of the most important film festival in the region and is the only Colombian festival accredited by the Fiafp. Three asian films will be screen in the Gems Category along with a Special Tribute to the Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendonza.

The Assassin (Nie yin niang) by Hou Hsiao-Hsien – Taiwan, China | 2015 – 105 min.

In 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break
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Tokyo unveils Competition line-up

Competition section features six world premieres including titles from Koji Fukada and Yoshihiro Nakamura.

The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (October 22-31) has unveiled its line-up with six world premieres in the Competition section, including Turkish director Mustafa Kara’s Cold Of Kalandar, Hao Jie’s My Original Dream and Thai film-maker Kongdej Jaturanrasmee’s Snap.

Also world-premiering in Competition are three Japanese titles: Kohei Oguri’s Foujita, Yoshihiro Nakamura’s The Inerasable and Koji Fukada’s Sayonara – the most local films in the main section since 2004.

The other selections are either Asian or international premieres. The topics of war or refugeeism are a common thread among some films, echoing current day headlines. “We were not conscious about choosing those types, it just happened that way and we noticed afterwards,” said Competition programming director Yoshi Yatabe.

“As much as possible we’d like to cover a wide range of geographical areas and genres,” he said of
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Tokyo International Film Festival unveils Competition line-up

Competition section features six world premieres including titles from Koji Fukada and Yoshihiro Nakamura.

The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (October 22-31) has unveiled its line-up with six world premieres in the Competition section, including Turkish director Mustafa Kara’s Cold Of Kalandar, Hao Jie’s My Original Dream and Thai film-maker Kongdej Jaturanrasmee’s Snap.

Also world-premiering in Competition are three Japanese titles: Kohei Oguri’s Foujita, Yoshihiro Nakamura’s The Inerasable and Koji Fukada’s Sayonara – the most local films in the main section since 2004.

The other selections are either Asian or international premieres. The topics of war or refugeeism are a common thread among some films, echoing current day headlines. “We were not conscious about choosing those types, it just happened that way and we noticed afterwards,” said Competition programming director Yoshi Yatabe.

“As much as possible we’d like to cover a wide range of geographical areas and genres,” he said of
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'Taxi', 'Tikkun', 'The Lobster' make Sarajevo Kinoscope cut

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'Taxi', 'Tikkun', 'The Lobster' make Sarajevo Kinoscope cut
Non-competitive sidebar features 19 films; Brillante Mendoza tribute on festival slate.

The Sarajevo Film Festival’s (Aug 14-22) non-competitive strand Kinoscope will feature 19 films, 12 of which come from first or second-time feature directors.

The eclectic selection includes festival favourites such as Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, Andrew Haig’s 45 Years, Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster, Martti Helde’s In The Crosswind, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent, and Jerusalem Film Festival winner Tikkun.

Also featured are documentaries Killing Time by Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel, Chad Gracia’s The Russian Woodpecker, and Benedikt Erlingsson’s archive footage collage The Greatest Shows On Earth: A Century Of Vaudeville, Circuses And Carnivals.

Genre fare is represented by Green Room, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, and Takashi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse.

The strand’s programmers, Protagonist Pictures’ CEO Mike Goodridge and Festivalscope’s Alessandro Raja and Mathilde Henrot, said: “In programming Kinoscope this year, we found ourselves unconsciously veering towards work from young
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Tiff’s Crosscut Asia to focus on the Philippines

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Tiff’s Crosscut Asia to focus on the Philippines
The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) and Japan Foundation have announced they will focus on the cinema of the Philippines for the second edition of the festival’s Crosscut Asia sidebar.

The line-up includes a special programme of the work of Brillante Mendoza who won best director at Cannes in 2009 for Kinatay. Mendoza’s Taklub is screening in Un Certain Regard this year.

“I am delighted to be a part of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival where my film as well as other works from the Philippines will be shown,” said Mendoza.

“The Tokyo International Film Festival is a great occasion for everyone as it showcases not only movies from the Philippines but a variety of works from around the globe that are not available at everyday cinemas. I hope everyone will have a chance to appreciate these works.”

The first Crosscut Asia at last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival focused on Thai cinema
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Cannes: Competition titles added; Gaspar Noe gets Midnight Screening

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Cannes: Competition titles added; Gaspar Noe gets Midnight Screening
Official Selection for 2015 line-up completed with extra titles for Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screening and Midnight Screening strands.Click here for the full line-up

The 68th Cannes Film Festival has completed its Official Selection. Headlining the additions are two more Competition titles, taking the number of films in the running for the Palme d’Or up to 19.

The first is Chronic by Mexican director Michel Franco, starring Tim Roth and Bitsie Tulloch (Grimm). The film marks Franco’s English-language debut and centres on a depressed nurse practitioner who assists terminally ill patients and tries to reconnect with the family he abandoned. Wild Bunch handles sales

Franco and Roth decided to work together after meeting at Cannes in 2012, where the film-maker’s previous feature After Lucia won Un Certain Regard and Roth served on the jury.

The Mexican filmmaker was also in the running for Cannes’ Golden Camera in 2009 with his debut feature, Daniel and Ana.

The
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #70. Brillante Mendoza’s The Embroiderer

The Embroiderer

Director: Brillante Mendoza // Writer: Zig Dulay

Brillante Mendoza, one of the most notable directors working in the Philippines, has had constant output since his controversial win as Best Director for Kinatay at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival (he’d received previous murmurs of international renown for titles like 2008’s Service and 2005 debut The Masseur. He’s been quiet since the underwhelming experimental horror film Sapi in 2013, while other titles, like 2012’s Thy Womb, are often delayed considerably before reaching the Us. While 2014 was absent a new Mendoza title, earlier in the year it was revealed that his latest project, The Embroiderer, had received funding (along with a documentary he was simultaneously working on). While the film concerns an 83-year-old woman whose embroidery business is on the verge of bankruptcy, we wonder if Mendoza’s regular muse Mercedes Cabral will play a part somewhere in the mix.

Cast: Not available.
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