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Brillante Mendoza bags Special Jury Prize at BIFF

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Award-winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza has to make room for another trophy on his shelf as his movie “Alpha: The Right To Kill” recently won a Special Jury Prize at the recently concluded Bucharest International Film Festival (BIFF) in Romania.

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza

The news was announced on the official Facebook page of the festival that extended a congratulatory message to the 58-year-old Filipino director.

It’s not the first time the movie bagged an award, Last year, “Alpha: The Right To Kill” won a Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain.

“Alpha: The Right To Kill” is about a policeman and a young informant involved in a large and controversial operation to arrest a drug lord in Manila.

SCENE FROM 'Alpha: The Right to Kill'

SCENE FROM ‘Alpha: The Right to Kill’

According to the BIFF Facebook page, Brillante, who is “one of the most important filmmakers of today,” was their special guest this year. He conducted a masterclass where he talked about his films and his work style.

Brillante was also in Romania to introduce one of his most renowned films, “Thy Womb,” presented in 2012 at the Venice Film Festival. Back then, the movie bagged three accolades — Bisato D’Oro, La Navicella or Venezia Cinema prize, and the P. Nazareno Taddei Award Special Mention.

Brillante has directed at least 15 feature films, including “Kinatay” which won the Best Director Prize in Cannes in 2009.

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