I was just sitting at our commercial shoot, munching on some chips while checking out some takes, when my art director partner suddenly asked me, “Sino na nga ulit yung director na nanalo sa Cannes?” I was shocked with what he said. “Sinong director? Ngayong Cannes film festival?! Wow! Si Raya Martin? I shotgunly asked him. Hehe. “Parang, brilliant ba yun…” he exclaimed. “Si Brillante Mendoza? Nanalo siya?” I excitedly cried. “Oo yun nga, nasa news na nanalo siya.”
“Astig! Shit! Astig!” That was all I can say. While still on shock, I continued to munch on some more chips.
That was the moment I knew that Filipino director Brillante Mendoza (Serbis, Masahista, Foster Child, Kaleldo) won as best Director for his film Kinatay in this year’s Cannes film festival. A very proud moment, just knowing about his achievement.
Kinatay, was selected to compete with other films such as one of my personal anticipated films of 2009- Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. He didn’t just bested up and coming directors, but no less than Academy Award winning and well-respected directors from all over the globe.
I’m so proud of what he has achieved. I’m so proud to be a Filipino. I never lost faith in the talent of Filipinos, especially with people like Brillante who believes in the art notwithstanding the dreadful state of our current film industry. He has proven that Filipino talent is world class.
Truly, we can always achieve brilliance in anything and anywhere if we just believe.