The critically-acclaimed indie film director, Brilliante “Dante” Mendoza, speaks up on the issues thrown at him on ‘The Bottomline with Boy Abunda’ this Saturday on ABS-CBN.
From a simple production designer to an art director in the 80’s, Mendoza has now become one of the most notable independent film directors in the country. His career as a director flourished in 2005 because of his films that indeed made a noise in the world of entertainment–“Masahista”, “Kaleldo”, “Tirador” and “Serbis.” His turning point was when he was hailed as “Best Director” in the Cannes Film Festival for his film “Kinatay.”
Now that he earned a name in the industry, Mendoza has been stoned by a lot of intrigues and issues: His film “Kinatay” have garnered negative feedback from movie critics saying that “the darkness of the film was not thematic,” “Kinatay was the worst film ever screened in Cannes” and a lot more. As a director, what is his stand?
According to Mendoza’s friends and colleagues, he was a victim of crab mentality and jealousy. What can the indie film director say about the people pulling him down? How true that Bing Lao, the writer of ‘Kinatay’, is also the real director of the said movie project? What is the real story behind Coco Martin’s decision to leave his side? Was there really a breach of trust between him and Coco because of the actor’s accidental frontal nudity in the film ‘Serbis’? People are saying that Mendoza is the “purveyor of poverty porn” in the Philippines, what is his say on this?
All these and more as Brillante Mendoza takes the hot seat this Saturday on ‘The Bottomline with Boy Abunda’ after the primetime telecast of Banana Split on ABS-CBN.