Published on Tuesday, October 6 in The Philippine Star, page C-6
Brillante Mendoza received the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award in the 25th International Film Festival “Message to Man” in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he headed the main competition jury.
Mendoza’s masterpieces Lola, Kinatay and Taklub were showcased in the festival. He was also invited to a Master Class at St. Petersburg State Institute of Film and Television.
The international competitive documentary, short and animated film festival was founded by the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the USSR, Goskino of the USSR, the USSR Union of Filmmakers, Gosteleradio of the USSR and the Executive Committee of Lensoviet, and supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Russian Federation, St. Petersburg City Government and Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg. Ninety films from 45 countries participated in this year’s nine-day festival, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3.
Meanwhile, Taklub will grace four international film festivals this month, namely:
20th Busan International Film Festival, Window on Asian Cinema Section, Oct. 1 to 10 in Korea;
15th Beirut International Film Festival, Panorama Section, Oct. 7 to 15 in Lebanon;
59th London Film Festival by the British Film Institute, Debate Section, Oct. 7 to 18 in United Kingdom;