Category: Cannes Film Festival

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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Brillante joins Cannes 70th anniversary photo call

Brillante joins Cannes 70th anniversary photo call

Brillante Ma Mendoza stands behind Monica Bellucci and Benicio Del Toro at the 70th anniversary photo call. (Photo credits: Philippine Daily Inquirer)

 

Organizers describe it as “quite a family portrait.” This photo call to end all photo calls was organized to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival.

For this “exceptional” photo call, 113 screen luminaries from all over the globe were invited “to pay tribute to the fest”: former Palme d’Or winners (who were seated in the front row, of course), best actor and actress recipients, past and present jury members and renowned guests.

Representing the Philippines is filmmaker Brillante Ma Mendoza, who won best director in Cannes for “Kinatay” in 2009.

Mendoza joined Hollywood/world cinema stars Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron, Benicio Del Toro, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Monica Bellucci, Salma Hayek, Shu Qi, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, and acclaimed filmmakers Jane Campion, Pedro Almodovar, Michael Haneke, Bille August, Dario Argento, Costa-Gavras, Oliver Stone, Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Sofia Coppola. Say fromage (cheese)! —BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.

 

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