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Brillante Mendoza
Philippines 2015 / 97’

The residents of Tacloban, a once-normal Philippine city that was destroyed by the powerful Typhoon Haiyan, continue to live under improvised conditions. Bebeth goes to a center with a DNA database in order to receive confirmation that three of her children were victims of the disaster. Mourning his wife, Larry seeks solace by taking part in religious ceremonies in the streets of Tacloban. Erwin and his brother are doing everything they can to hide their parents' death from their younger sister. Those who miraculously emerged from the disaster unscathed are trying to live a normal life, although the circumstances are extremely difficult. While mourning the dead, homes need to be rebuilt, and people need to ensure tolerable living conditions for themselves and their surviving loved ones. The weather continues to be uncertain. Every powerful gust of wind or rough seas may herald further trouble for Tacloban. Taklub was filmed in the place where the tragedy occurred, and actual resident of the area appear in the film alongside professional actors. Observing them with sensitivity, director Brillante Mendoza wanted to make a tribute to the victims and to those who survived and are still struggling.

Katarzyna Wolanin


Cannes IFF 2015 – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Special Mention

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza was born in 1960 in the Philippines. His debut film, The Masseur, won a Golden Leopard at the festival in Locarno in 2005. He has also won awards at festivals in Berlin, Cannes, and Venice. For years, he has been focusing, in many of his feature and documentary films, on the most marginalized groups in Philippine society. He prides himself on the fact that his films are shown in schools in his homeland, thus performing an educational role. In 2005, he founded an independent production company called Center Stage Productions.

Selected filmography

2005 Masahista / The Masseur

2007 Foster Child

2009 Kinatay / Butchered

2009 Babcia / Lola / Grandmother

2012 Pozdrowienia z raju / Captive

2012 Druga żona / Thy Womb / Sinapupunan

Cast & Crew

director Brillante Mendoza
screenplay Mary Honeylyn, Joy Alipio
cinematography Odyssey «Odie» Flores
editing Kats Serraon
sound Addiss Tabong, Andrew Milallos
cast Nora Aunor, Julio Diaz, Aaron Rivera, Rome Mallari, Shine Santos, Lou Veloso
producer Loreto «Larry» F. Castillo
production Center Stage Productions
sales Films Distribution
language Filipino, Tagalog
colouration colour