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Adobo main course presents “Lola”, Brillante Mendoza’s Dubai Filmfest Best Film winner
The year 2009 was simply marvelous for Brillante Mendoza. The Filipino director beat the odds and was named Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for “Kinatay”. The same movie won for
Though “Kinatay” made him known worldwide,
Awarded Best Feature Film at the 6th Dubai International Film Festival in 2009, “Lola” was in Official Competition at the 66th Venezia Film Festival 2009, as well. At Venezia, “Lola” was the second surprise selection for the competition, a coveted position for filmmakers. The movie also opened the 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival this year.
Released in September 2009, the Philippine-French production is in Filipino/Tagalog with English subtitles. The movie features two of Philippine cinema’s veterans from the 1960s, Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio. Playing the roles of Lola Sepa and Lola Puring, respectively, the actresses play characters at odds with the other when their grandsons are involved in a crime. They eventually realize they share the same plight and poignancy that plague and personify the elderly.
“In this film,
The blog incontention.com writes, " 'Lola,' an unadorned social drama that requires, but ultimately rewards, considerable patience on the viewer’s part, sees the director broadening his range and earning the hype."
" 'Lola'’s handheld aesthetic, gritty neo-realist feel and slow pacing will obviously confine it to arthouse circuits, but within this niche Lola could turn out to be Mendoza’s most commercially viable film to date internationally," reviews Screendaily.com.
Adobo main course presents the award-winning “Lola” on Tuesday, February 2, 2009 at Cinema 1,
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Read my full review of “Lola” here.