MANILA – “Taklub,” a film by Brillante Ma. Mendoza recently won the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival.
In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mendoza said he had always dedicated the film for the survivors of the supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan) which hit the country November 2013.
“When I gave a speech before the film’s premiere last May 19 in Cannes, I told the audience that we made this film for ‘Yolanda’ survivors.”
He added that he also told Larry Castillo, who is in France, to “dedicate the award to the people of Tacloban and other survivors of supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan).”
Mendoza expressed how “happy and honored” he was that his film won an award.
“Perhaps the jury cited ‘Taklub’ for its spiritual message,” he said.
‘Taklub’ features Nora Aunor, who plays the role of a mother who lost her children during the calamity.
Mendoza also won the same award from Signis/Interfilm for Masahista” in Brisbane in 2006; for “Foster Child” in Canary Islands in 2008; for “Lola” in Fribourg.
“In every festival in different countries, the Ecumenical Prize or Signis/Interfilm award is handed out,” he added.