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Award-winning 'Mindanao' director Brillante Mendoza asks more cinemas to screen film

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The day after winning all major MMFF 2019 awards, only 38 cinemas nationwide screened the movie

Brillante Mendoza's 'Alpha, The Right To Kill' competes in int’l film festival

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Mendoza represents the Philippines at the San Sebastian International Film Festival this September

If the SONA were a movie franchise, here's how we'd review it

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The first two SONAs, after all, were directed by acclaimed director Brilliante Mendoza

Unloading on Brillante Mendoza's 'Amo'

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:45 PM

'Amo' is basically an anti-drug PSA that drags on for 13 episodes

Cancel Brillante Mendoza's 'Amo'? Netflix says viewers choose what to watch

Apr 12, 2018 - 12:57 PM

'We understand that viewers may have opposing opinions but leave it to them to decide,' says the entertainment giant

CANCEL IT? Netflix says it's up to viewers to discern what to watch. Screenshot from Netflix

Mom of slain teen to Netflix: Cancel Brillante Mendoza's 'Amo'

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Luzviminda Siapo is the mother of 19-year-old Raymart Siapo, a teenager gunned down after being accused of peddling marijuana

GRIEF. Luzviminda Siapo visits the grave of her son, Raymart, in a Malabon cemetery on a rainy All Saints' Day, November 1, 2017. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Brillante Mendoza: Netflix series shows 'necessary' PH drug war

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:58 AM

'This is something based on research, and the police had their input too. Our story was based on real events,' the multi-awarded Filipino director says

DRUG WAR STORY. Filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, a known Duterte supporter, has directed the past two State of the Nation Addresses.  Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

Netflix partners with TV5 to stream 1st Philippine series

Mar 18, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Directed by Brillante Mendoza, 'Amo' on Netflix is an action TV series set against the backdrop of President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug war

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Brillante Mendoza explains Duterte's closeup shots at SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:14 PM

What does the director have to say to critics of his style in directing President Duterte s second State of the Nation Address?

Brillante Mendoza to direct Duterte's second SONA

Jul 16, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confirms that Mendoza who directed last year s SONA will be back this year

Philippine director Brillante Mendoza poses for the photograph on November 17, 2016 in Paris. Award-winning Philippine director Mendoza has turned his cinematic skills to promoting someone many in the West would see as an unlikely hero -- President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly drug war. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

Lav Diaz, Brillante Mendoza invited to U.S. Film Academy

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:24 AM

The two Filipino directors are among the 774 invited this year to be part of the prestigious group that deliberates on the Oscars

18 PH films to screen at New York's MoMA

May 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Movies by Lav Diaz Brillante Mendoza Erik Matti and more will be part of a Museum of Modern Art feature on Filipino films

'MA' ROSA.' Brillante Mendoza's film is one of the movies to be screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Screengrab from Facebook/marosafilm

FULL LIST: Sinag Maynila 2017 lineup

Feb 13, 2017 - 10:05 PM

The 3rd Sinag Maynila festival will be on March 9 to 14

The Best Filipino films of 2016

Jan 02, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Movie writer and critic Oggs Cruz shares his top 15 picks for 2016

Entertainment newsmakers of 2016

Dec 30, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Here are 10 showbiz events that made headlines in 2016

#PugadBaboy: I'm still here

Dec 13, 2016 - 11:00 AM

5 surprises that made 2016 awesome

Dec 06, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Good things did happen this year Here are some unexpected positive highlights that made us smile

Award-winning Philippine filmmaker Brillante Mendoza backs Duterte drug war

Nov 17, 2016 - 11:50 PM

If there s one person who understands the situation it s the president says the Ma Rosa director

Philippine director Brillante Mendoza poses for the photograph on November 17, 2016 in Paris. Award-winning Philippine director Mendoza has turned his cinematic skills to promoting someone many in the West would see as an unlikely hero -- President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly drug war. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

85 countries vie for foreign language film Oscar

Oct 12, 2016 - 11:16 PM

Brillante Mendoza s movie Ma Rosa Pedro Almodovar s Julieta are among the films submitted for the awards

'Ma' Rosa' is PH entry to 2017 Oscars

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Ma Rosa is the country s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2017 Oscars

Duterte gov't releases two anti-drug advertisements

Sep 02, 2016 - 3:09 PM

UPDATED The advertisements are directed by award winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza free of charge

Screenshot from Presidential Communications Office video

Gov't to launch public service ads vs illegal drugs

Aug 28, 2016 - 2:39 PM

The videos directed for free by award winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza are set to run in more than 300 cinemas across the Philippines

Brillante Mendoza on SONA 2016 criticism: 'Let's limit it to the craft'

Jul 27, 2016 - 8:20 PM

SONA 2016 director Brillante Mendoza says he used low angle shots out of instinct to convey President Duterte s power and authority

BRILLANTE MENDOZA. The award-winning director responds to criticism of his direction of the SONA 2016. File photo shows Mendoza at the photocall for 'Ma'Rosa' 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Brillante Mendoza's SONA 2016 direction gets mixed reviews

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:37 PM

UPDATED Social media users including Carlos Celdran and Hotdog s Dennis Garcia react to the camera angles at President Duterte s first State of the Nation Address?

DIFFERENT ANGLES. Brillante Mendoza's direction of the SONA 2016 draws mixed reviews from social media and industry members. Screengrab from Twitter/PresidentialCom

LOOK: Batasan prepares for SONA 2016

Jul 19, 2016 - 7:45 AM

On July 25 President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his first State of the Nation Address

CLEANING. A man soaps a chair to be used during Duterte's first SONA. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte, National ID, Mendoza | 6PM wRap

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:58 PM

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Brillante Mendoza on directing SONA: I'll capture the true Duterte

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza explains why there is a need to direct the first State of the Nation Address of President Duterte

DIREK FOR DUTERTE'S SONA. Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza inspects the Batasang Pambansa plenary hall, where President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his first State of the Nation Address. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LOOK: Brillante Mendoza confirmed to direct Duterte's SONA

Jul 15, 2016 - 11:14 PM

Photos of the Ma Rosa director and PCO Secretary Martin Andanar meeting for the SONA are released

BRILLANTE MENDOZA. The award-winning director meets with PCO secretary Martin Andanar to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address. Screengrab from Twitter/PresidentialCom

'Ma' Rosa' review: Mean streets

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:16 PM

The horror of Ma Rosa lies in its ability to unflinchingly portray a shocking universe It tops the cruelties already dealt with by a society that is forced to accept overpowering economic inequity writes Oggs Cruz

Screengrab from trailer courtesy of Center Stage Productions

Brillante Mendoza offered to direct Duterte's first SONA

Jun 29, 2016 - 4:57 PM

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar has approached the Ma Rosa filmmaker offering him the job of directing incoming President Rodrigo Duterte s first State of the Nation Address

IN PHOTOS: Stars at Gawad Urian 2016 awards night

Jun 23, 2016 - 9:34 AM

See how this year s Gawad Urian awards night went – from stunning looks on the red carpet to John Lloyd Cruz s Best Actor win

BEST ACTOR. The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino gave John Lloyd Cruz a nod for his performance in 'Honor Thy Father.' All photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler

WATCH: Brillante Mendoza’s Father’s Day short film

Jun 19, 2016 - 10:31 AM

Max s Restaurant and Brillante Mendoza produce a heartwarming film just in time for Father s day

IN PHOTOS: 'Ma' Rosa' cast at French Film Festival 2016

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Cannes Film Festival 2016 best actress Jaclyn Jose Isabel Lopez in her fabulous emerald gown and more of the cast and crew of Ma Rosa grace the red carpet

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Brillante Mendoza addresses criticism of Jaclyn Jose's 'Ma' Rosa' performance

May 27, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Responding to critics who say that Jaclyn Jose s role was merely a supporting one Ma Rosa director Brillante Mendoza defends his lead actress performance

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Duterte’s proclamation, Binay wealth, Ma’ Rosa | 6PM wRap

May 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Brillante Mendoza plans to submit 'Ma' Rosa' to MMFF

May 26, 2016 - 6:09 PM

Upon consulting with the Metro Manila Film Festival executive committee director Brillante Mendoza says that the film can enter the festival even if it premiered at Cannes

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Baron Geisler on being part of 'Ma' Rosa,' viral video incident

May 26, 2016 - 4:47 PM

I am very honored and pleased to have worked with these amazing and brilliant minds Baron says of his participation in the film Ma Rosa

IN PHOTOS: Jaclyn Jose arrives in Manila after Cannes victory

May 24, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Inaalay ko sa Pilipino ang trophy na ito Hindi ito basta trophy napakahirap makuha ito Jaclyn says upon her arrival

Jaclyn Jose: 5 fun facts about the veteran actress, loving mom and grandma

May 23, 2016 - 10:14 PM

Fun tidbits about veteran Filipino actress Jaclyn Jose a best actress winner at Cannes film festival 2016

epa05324001 Philippino actress Jaclyn Jose poses with her Best Performance by an Actress award for 'Ma'Rosa' during the Award Winners photocall at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 22 May 2016. EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

Bongbong Marcos, Quiboloy on Duterte, Mansour killed | 6PM wRap

May 23, 2016 - 8:55 PM

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IN PHOTOS: Andi Eigenmann shares awesome moments from Cannes 2016

May 23, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Andi has some great fashion moments at Cannes 2016 celebrates with her mom best actress winner Jaclyn Jose shares travel photos taken in beautiful France and promotes Ma Rosa with the cast at the film festival

IN PHOTOS: Jaclyn Jose's emotional Cannes 2016 win

May 23, 2016 - 1:30 PM

See the actress big moment as she celebrates with daughter Andi Eigenmann and Ma Rosa director Brillante Mendoza after her Best Actress win at Cannes 2016

Photo by Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Marcos on COC, Closeup concert, Jaclyn Jose | 12PM wRap

May 23, 2016 - 12:12 PM

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PH's Jaclyn Jose wins best actress at Cannes

May 23, 2016 - 2:47 AM

Veteran Filipino actress Jaclyn Jose wins for her role as a mother forced to sell drugs to survive in Brillante Mendoza s Ma Rosa

The Philippines' Jaclyn Jose (L) celebrates onstage with Filipino director Brillante Mendoza after being awarded Best Actress during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Director Brillante Mendoza urges Duterte to 'change' Philippines

May 19, 2016 - 1:40 PM

He [Duterte] will do whatever he has to do as the new president and I will do what I do as an artist Brillante says

epa05314021 Philippino director Brillante Mendoza poses during the photocall for 'Ma'Rosa' at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 18 May 2016. The movie is presented in the Official Competition of the festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO

Filmmaker Brillante Mendoza holds up mirror to Philippines' dark side

May 18, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Get to know Brillante Mendoza a director known for choosing controversial topics crafting stories of ordinary people in scenarios that range from prostitution to homosexuality and corruption

BRILLANTE MENDOZA. Filipino filmaker Brillante Mendoza has taken part in the Cannes Film Festival four times now with his 2016 film in competition, 'Ma' Rosa.' Here, he poses during the photocall for 'Taklub' at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival last 2015. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Brillante Mendoza's 'Ma' Rosa' to compete in Cannes Film Festival 2016

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:08 PM

This is Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza s 4th movie at the Cannes Film Festival

BRILLANTE MENDOZA. The filmmaker's 'Ma Rosa' will show in the main competition of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. File photo shows him at the photocall for 'Taklub' at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Photo by EPA/IAN LANGSDON

‘Taklub’ Review: Noble tribute

Sep 19, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Taklub a movie about the aftermath of Yolanda doesn t preach or make spectacles of suffering writes Oggs Cruz

Screengrab from YouTube/Film Police Reviews

IN PHOTOS: Brillante Mendoza, cast of 'Taklub' at special screening

Jun 02, 2015 - 6:05 PM

The film first premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it competed in the Un Certain Regard category


May 10, 2015 - 12:04 PM

Here s a Mother s Day tribute by award winning director Brillante Mendoza