SPAIN – Just after winning the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival last May, Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza's "Taklub" is still on a roll, this time competing at the Official Section of the Gijon International Film Festival in Asturias, Spain.
Starring Nora Aunor, the film is about the life of survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda.
The festival which will be held in November is famous for featuring independent films from around the world.
Last year, the festival invited Mendoza as its guest of honor.
Recently, his work was featured in a presentation by the Casa Asia in Barcelona.
Mendoza is considered as someone who continues the legacy of Lino Brocka, Kidlat Tahimik and other prominent directors who used their films to criticize social ills in the 70s.
Jorge Ivan Argiz, program director of the Gijon International Film Festival, said Mendoza doesn't surrender to what the market dictates. He maintains his identity as a director and continues to fight for cinema literacy and portrays reality.
Director Nacho Carballo of the Gijon International Film Festival added that Mendoza is a great filmmaker with fresh and unique films. Most importantly, his films tackle the real issues of Philippine society.
Aside from the praises he receives, the Filipino director knows how to interact with people, according to Gloria Fernandez, director of CineAsia, who wrote a book about him.
Mendoza is also behind the films "Masahista", "Foster Child", "Manoro", "Kinatay", "Lola", "Thy Womb", and many more. He said his stories are based on ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Report from Daniel Infante Tuaño, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau