MANILA, Philippines -- "Captive," award-winning director Brillante Mendoza's movie inspired by the 2001 kidnapping of several foreigners and Filipinos from the Dos Palmas resort in Palawan, will finally be shown in Philippine theaters next month.
In an interview on "Umagang Kay Ganda" on Thursday, Mendoza, together with the film's actresses Maria Isabel Lopez and Mercedes Cabral, announced that "Captive" will have its gala night on September 3 at Greenbelt 3.
The movie's regular run will start on September 5 at Greenbelt and SM Cinemas.
"Captive," which stars French actress Isabelle Hupert, made its premiere at this year's Berlin Film Festival.
The film will also be shown in France in February next year.
"It will go to other film festivals until next year. It will go to Pusan. It will go to Russia, actually sa St. Petersburg International Film Festival. Sa September din pupunta ako doon. It will also be shown in Japan, hindi lang sa Filipino community. Ibig sabihin in their country it will be shown like typical Hollywood movie," Mendoza said.
Many of Mendoza's films, including the Cannes-winning film "Kinatay," have not been released commercially in the Philippines, although these are available in DVD format locally.
Mendoza's latest film "Thy Womb" is slated to make its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and will also be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Watch the trailer of "Captive" below.