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Film Appreciation Workshop with Director Brillante Mendoza

Film Appreciation Workshop with Director Brillante Mendoza

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: FREE Screening of Brillante Mendoza’s Taklub with Film Appreciation workshop. APRIL 21(TH) Time: 10:15am-1:15pm Venue: SM MEGAMALL CINEMA 6 ‪#‎SinagMaynila2016‬

Meet master film maker Brillante Mendoza in this FREE Film Appreciation Workshop with a Q & A after the screening of Taklub. This will be the first activity of Sinag Maynila 2016.

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Brillante Mendoza at Dubai International Film Festival

Brillante Mendoza at Dubai International Film Festival

Repost from Gulf News via Irish Eden Belleza, Videographer (Tabloid!)

Award-winning Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza is back in Dubai with a new indie film that brings back haunting memories of one of the most tragic episodes in recent memory. Trap (Taklub), which is currently screening at the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff), tells the story of the survivors of the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which devastated central Philippines in 2013, and how they picked up their lives in the aftermath of such unprecedented calamity. The movie is led by award-winning actress Nora Aunor, with other veteran Filipino actors such as Julio Diaz and Lou Veloso.

After the monstrous typhoon struck the Philippines, Mendoza was tapped by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to create a documentary film about climate change. For the movie to have a stronger impact on audiences, Mendoza suggested to make a narrative film instead. Mendoza says that although it is a government-funded project, he wasn’t going to compromise on his vision for the film.

“I think it’s also about my reputation and about my films that I’m making,” Mendoza tells tabloid!. “They also know my filmography and I think it’s clear with everyone that even if I’m going to make a film about a government-funded project, it will still be about the truth. It will be still be really about what people are really experiencing.

“I’ve had that reputation with my films. There were films of mine that were not shown commercially because they received an X-rating from the censors. I didn’t mind that because I’d rather have my film shown in a very limited screening or in a special screening rather than having it cut. That is also my advocacy. I have my own advocacy and my advocacy is about telling the truth in my films. Telling what is really happening in film. I think we were quite clear on that.”

Mendoza says there were no hesitations when he was offered the project.

“What was clear from the very start is that we are doing a film about climate change or risk reduction. But at the same time I want to tell the story not in a propaganda way, but more like telling the stories of the people,” says Mendoza. “You talk about climate change and risk reduction in a subtle way and I am more believing in that, rather than being pushy and preachy about the whole project. And I think its effective in a way because people don’t want to be told what to do, especially Filipinos.”

“You just have to tell them what is good and what is bad. And I think it is quite clear on the film that we did not preach, we just showed them that this is the harm that it can do to you, if you do this and if you do that. And some people are hardheaded, they wouldn’t listen and that’s real life. I think one way or the other we can see ourselves in that film. You can see the bad side and the good side.”

In doing his films, Mendoza compares himself to a journalist. “As a filmmaker, I’d like to be like a journalist, where you balance everything. You don’t preach, you don’t take sides. You let the people decide. At the end of the day, when they watch your film they will see that you are not telling them what to do.”

Although he had access to government funding, Trap had to struggle with budget problems just as most independent films do.

“Of course, to be realistic about it, as an independent filmmaker the fund and the budget is always a big challenge,” he says. “So how you put all your resources together to come up with the film and finish the film is really a big challenge. I’m used to it. I’ve done 12 films with very limited funds and I was able to put everything together. That’s the realistic and practical side.”

Filming in Tacloban, where memories of the devastation remain fresh in the minds of people who continue to endure the wrath of strong typhoons year after year, also has challenges. “The other challenge is dealing with this story. Dealing with the real people from Tacloban. It’s quite sensitive in a way because they are real victims and survivors of this disaster,” he says. “You know these people have gone through so much loss and pain, so its not easy dealing with them. But at the same time I’d like to think of it as a therapy in a way because it could help them somehow move on with their lives.”

“There were times that it was quite emotional because they played [the role of victims] themselves. It’s not easy also for us, but one thing that is very clear with everyone, with all the production [staff], is that we don’t want to exploit them. We don’t want to exploit their emotions and their situation. For us, we went there as a filmmaker, as a story teller. We are doing this project also for them. It is not just for us. At the end, it doesn’t just come out as a film about climate change or people trying to move one. But more like a tribute to the survivors of Haiyan.”

Mendoza reveals to tabloid! his favourite scene in the movie. “The one scene that I like is the scene where Nora Aunor and Julio Diaz are talking [across] a table and Nora Aunor says that just because she survived doesn’t mean she is favoured. It’s like in real life, sometimes other people suffer and we feel we are more blessed or privileged, but of course we also have our own [sufferings to deal with]. And that’s what I also like to remind the audience. We have our own sufferings inside.”

Trap was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury. The movie also received positive response from different international film festivals. However, Mendoza, who received the Best Film award for his movie Lola at the 2009 Dubai International Film Festival, says winning awards is not his ultimate goal. “Awards are validation of our work, but they shouldn’t be the ultimate goal. Of course I’m proud that my films are being recognised. But I think first and foremost, you are making the film not for the awards, you are making film because you want to tell a story — a truthful story.”

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Taklub got the Audience Award in Asiatica Film Mediale

Taklub got the Audience Award in Asiatica Film Mediale

“Taklub” won the Audience Award at the 16th Asiatica Film Mediale, held in Rome, Italy, on Nov. 28.

The festival envisions to spark “discussion and cultural exchange between Italy and the Asian continent.”

This May 19, “Taklub” won the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention – Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival

Taklub,  was also voted by the audience as Best Feature Film at the Beirut Film Festival held on October 7-15, 2015.

Brillante Mendoza is in Singapore as the head of Jury while next stops for “Taklub,” are the Dubai and Palm Springs film fest.

The film Taklub is dedicated to the people of Tacloban and other survivors of supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan).

The movie is produced by the DENR in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Operations Office-Philippine Information Agency (PCOO-PIA).

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“Taklub” has won the Audience Award at the 16th edition of the Asiatica Festival.

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Taklub, Beirut Film Festival Best Feature Film

Taklub, Beirut Film Festival Best Feature Film

Taklub, by Brillante Mendoza is voted by the audience as Best Feature Film at the Beirut Film Festival.

The Beirut International Film Festival 15th Edition was held on October 7-15, 2015.

Beirut International Film Festival is Lebanon’s oldest and most prestigious film festival. The annual competition includes categories for feature films, short films and documentaries. Recent years have seen smaller and more intimate editions of the festival due to the uncertain political climate in the country.

Taklub is a story of three major characters – Bebeth, Larry and Erwin, whose lives intertwine after the Supertyphoon Haiyan caused the city of Tacloban to its horrendous state – leaving the breathing figures in search of their dead ones, of keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be.

The Beirut Film Festival Jury consist of:

Co-President: Jonathan Nossiter
Co-President: Santiago Amigorena
Member: Alexandra Zawia
Member: Doria-Svetlana Achour
Member: Michael Greenberg

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TAKLUB – International Film Festivals

TAKLUB – International Film Festivals

After its successful world premiere at the recent 68th Cannes International Film Festival.

TAKLUB is reaching its global stature in the upcoming four international film festivals in South Korea, Britain, Lebanon, and Japan Since France, TAKLUB has been showcased as well in Poland, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Russia.

TAKLUB got Ecumenical Jury Mention at this years Cannes.

The Ecumenical Jury gives special attention to works of artistic quality that are testimonies ‘to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings and the complexity of our society.

Source: TAKLUB-starring-Ms-Nora-Aunor page

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TAKLUB in 28th Tokyo International Film Festival

TAKLUB in 28th Tokyo International Film Festival

Brillante Mendoza’s TAKLUB (2015) and ‘Thy Womb’ (2012) are among the 10 Filipino films selected to be showcased at the Asia Crosscut section of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.


 

The 10 Filipino films are:

Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III – Kidlat Tahimik

Balut Country – Paul Sta. Ana (Sinag Maynila)

Kid Kulafu – Paul Soriano

Himala [Digitally Restored Version] – Ishmael Bernal

Taklub – Brillante Mendoza

Foster Child – Brillante Mendoza

Thy Womb – Brillante Mendoza

Serbis – Brillante Mendoza

Lola – Brillante Mendoza

Imbisibol – Lawrence Fajardo (Sinag Maynila)

The 28th TIFF will take place October 22-31, 2015 at Roppongi Hills, Shinjuku Wald 9, Shinjuku Piccadilly, TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku and other theaters in Tokyo.

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Taklub in Gijón International Film Festival

Taklub in Gijón International Film Festival

Brillante Ma Mendoza’s “Taklub” will be shown at the 53rd Gijón International Film Festival, in Spain, from Nov. 20 to 28.

In past editions, such “revered” filmmakers as Abbas Kiarostami, Tsai Ming-liang, Claire Denis, Aki Kaurismaki graced the festival. Mendoza attended the Gijón fest as its guest of honor last year.

“Taklub” premiered in the Un Certain Regard of Cannes where it won the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention.

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Sinag Maynila graces the 20th French Film Festival (VIDEO)

Sinag Maynila graces the 20th French Film Festival (VIDEO)

In Photo:
French Ambassador Gilles Garachon, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos, Senator Loren Legarda, Superstar Nora Aunor, Director Brillante Mendoza

Last June 3. Solar Entertainment Corporation graced the opening of the 20th French Film Festival where Sinag Maynila festival director Brillante Mendoza opened the event with his most recent Cannes entry “Taklub” which won a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury.

‘Cannes was really a great experience’ – Taklub entourage

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Taklub wins Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention in Cannes

Taklub wins Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention in Cannes

Taklub (Trap), produced and directed by Director Mendoza was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  In addition, the film received a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.

TAKLUB  Directed by Brillante Mendoza is a story of three major characters – Bebeth, Larry and Erwin, whose lives intertwine after the Super-typhoon Haiyan caused the city of Tacloban to its horrendous state – leaving the breathing figures in search of their dead ones, of keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be.

 

Festival de Cannes May 13-24, 2015

Taklub wins Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention in Cannes

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