Brillante Mendoza will receive an award to his career
FICX devotes a retrospective to Brillante Mendoza, flagship of the new generation of Asian filmmakers
Filipino Director Brillante Mendoza is one of the best representatives and most prolific authors of nowadays Asian cinema, with over a dozen films in the ten years since his debut. Mendoza will be honoured for his entire career with the screening of six of his most outstanding movies: "Foster Child" (2007), "Serbis" (2008), "Lola" (2009), "The Execution of P" (2009), "Thy Womb "(2012) and" Captive "(2012).
The filmmaker, whose film referent is French master François Truffaut, made his directorial debut at age 45 with "Masahista" (2005), which won the Golden Leopard for Best Video Art Film at Locarno Film Festival. That became the starting point of his international career. Since then he has received many awards at such outstanding festivals as Berlin or Venice and has always enjoyed the favour of critics with risky subjects depicting reality without filters; issues such as incest, bigamy, crime or prostitution are present in all his movies with his country, the Philippines, as a backdrop.
In 2009 he won the award to the best director at Cannes for "The Execution of P", which can be seen in Gijón, and two of his latest works, "Captive", with one of the most prestigious French actresses, Isabelle Huppert and "Thy Womb," which won the award for best director at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Asian equivalent of the Oscars)
With such a CV, the doors to all the major festivals are open to each of his works. Gijon International Film Festival has decided to show the highlights of his career and open a window to movies so rich but so hard for audiences to have access to as those by Mendoza.