Month: December 2018

Paulo Coelho: ‘Kinatay’ has great screenplay, director, actors

Paulo Coelho: ‘Kinatay’ has great screenplay, director, actors

Kinatay

“Kinatay” (Butchered) was released in 2009 but Paulo Coelho was able to watch it only recently. On December 28, 2018, the Brazilian lyricist and novelist best known for his novel “The Alchemist” took to Twitter to praise the film that made Brillante Mendoza the first Filipino filmmaker to win Prix de la Mise en Scene (Best Director) at the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Mendoza, “Kinatay” was written by Armando “Bing” Lao. It starred Coco Martin as Peping, a newly wed criminology student who accidentally joins a syndicate to earn money for his family.

Joining Martin in the cast were John Regala, Maria Isabel Lopez, Jhong Hilario, Julio Diaz, Mercedes Cabral, Lauren Novero and Benjie Filomeno. Produced by Centerstage Productions and Swift Productions, the film made its premiere on May 17, 2009 at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

Including “Kinatay,” “Inglorious Basterds” by Quentin Tarantino of the United States and “Looking for Eric” by Ken Loach of the United Kingdom, 20 films from 13 countries competed for the Palme d’Or. The grand prize was given to “Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte” (The White Ribbon) by Michael Haneke of Germany.

French actress Isabelle Huppert was the President of the Jury at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. In 2012, she played Thérèse Bourgoine in Mendoza’s “Captive,” which was screened in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

Edited by Kats Serraon, “Kinatay” featured Teresa Barrozo’s music, Albert Michael Idioma’s sound and Odyssey Flores’s cinematography. For the film, Barrozo won Best Original Soundtrack at the 2009 Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival, which also awarded Best Director to Mendoza.

In 2010, “Kinatay” won Best Picture at the Gawad Urian Awards along with Best Direction for Mendoza and Best Sound for Idioma. In the same year, the film won Best Picture at the Golden Screen Awards Philippines along with Mendoza as Best Director, Martin as Best Actor and Lopez as Best Supporting Actress as well as Best Editing for Serraon and Best Sound for Idioma.

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Hilom, A film by Brillante Mendoza about Doctors to the Barrio

Hilom, A film by Brillante Mendoza about Doctors to the Barrio

HILOM is a film about Doctors to the Barrio produced by the Department of Health
Directed by Brillante Mendoza
and Written by Boots Agbayani-Pastor

*Updated as of December 1, 2018

Starring Julia Montes and Kean Cipriano.

Elenita “Doc Ellen” Sancho-Peralta M.D. and Alexander “Doc Alex” Peralta M.D., both 27, are a newly married couple who are bound for Bicol to fulfill their return service after finishing their medical studies as scholars of the Department of Health (DOH) Doctors to the Barrio (DTTB) program.

Shooting dates: Sept. 20, 24,25 and 28

Location: Manila and Tanay Rizal

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