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Almost a hero´s welcome: Mendoza greeted by marching band at airport

May 29, 2009
Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza, who was chosen as best director at the Cannes Film Festival for his movie Kinatay, returned without much fanfare to the Philippines – or did he?

An account from the Inquirer chronicles his return to Manila (including an interview with the director). Then there are complaints that he was not recieved in the Philippines the way he should have been recieved as the first Philippino to win this super-prestigious award. And then there are the good citizens of Mandaluyong, Mendoza´s neighborhood in Manila, who beg to differ:a P.R. person from the city points out that he was in fact greeted by a marching band at the airport! Aparently the mayor of Mandaluyong had his hand in this.

Even the president of the Philippines congratulated Mendoza on his triumph, which puts him in the same league as Wong Kar Wei, Ingmar Bergman, the Coen Brothers, Bunuel, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese and an army of other Cannes winners. Some doubt however, that she had any clue what she was talking about.

Too bad that Mendoza has already announced that he is not going to release this movie in the Phiippines theatrically…

PS: An article by Kinatay-coproducer Ferdinand Lapus chronicles his attempts to have his picture taken with Cannes stars….

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