Brillante Mendoza Wiki [Filmmaker], Bio, Age, Ethnicity, Wife, Parents

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Who is Brillante Mendoza?

Brillante “Dante” Mendoza (born 30 July 1960) is a Filipino independent filmmaker.

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Brillante Mendoza is a Philippine director and producer. He is the first Filipino to receive the Best Director award at Cannes for his film Kinatay in 2009. He is also the only Filipino to receive France’s “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2014.

He was born on October 30, 1960, in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. He studied Advertising Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.

He worked in advertising, and became a production designer. He was in his forties when he directed his first film, Masahista, which won the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival’s Golden Leopard (video competition). His films have received awards and nominations in major competitions in Venice, Berlin, Cannes, San Sebastian, Cairo and others.

His film Mindanao in 2019 received the Henry Barakat Best Artistic Contribution and Best Actress awards. In 2018 his film Alpha: The Right to Kill took home the Special Jury Prize in the San Sebastian International Film Festival. In 2016 Ma Rosa was nominated for Cannes’ Palm d’Or, and won Best Actress for Jaclyn Jose, the first Filipina to bag it.

His film Taklub, which tackles climate change, was nominated for the Un Certain Regard, and won the Ecumenical Jury Prize in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Captive, which stars Isabelle Huppert, competed for the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

Thy Womb, which was selected for the main competition in 2012 Venice Film Festival also took home the La Navicella, P. Nazareno Taddei and Bisato d’Oro awards; it also won the Best Director award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Lola, in 2009, was the Best Feature Film in Dubai International Film Festival, and was nominated for Venice’s Golden Lion.

In 2007 Tirador won Singapore International Film Festival’s Best Director and Best Asian Feature Award; it also received the Caligari Film Award in Berlin. In 2007 Serbis was the first Philippine film to be nominated for Cannes’ Palm d’Or.

The same year his film Foster Child was screened at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes, which also bagged the NETPAC Jury award in Brisbane. Manoro in 2006 took home the Cinema for Peace award at the Torino Film Festival.

Brillante Mendoza Biography Wikipedia
Brillante Mendoza
Real NameBrillante Mendoza
Nickname Brillante 
Profession Film director
Wife NameNot Known
Home TownSan Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
 Physical Status 
Age61 years
Height (Approx)5 feet 10 inch
Weight (Approx)75 kg
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourDark Brown
Personal Information
Date of Birth 30 July 1960
Birth PlaceSan Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
EthnicityNot Known
School NamePrivate School 
College NameUniversity of Santo Tomas
Parent Background
Father NameNot Known
Mother NameNot Known
Siblings Not Known
Source Of IncomeFilm director
Net Worth$10 million (Approx)

Brillante Mendoza Career

He was birthed and reared in Pampanga’s San Fernando. He studied advertising arts at the Architecture College and visual arts at the University of Santo Tomas. Since 2005, he has filmed sixteen movies and credited various cinematographers and production designers under his persona.

Masahisa, Summer Heat, Foster Child, Tirador, Serbis, Kinatay, and Captive were his first seven films with actor Coco Martin. On July 25, 2016, he directed President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address. Mendoza also directed Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address, which took place on July 24, 2017.

He also directed Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address on 24 July 2017. He won the award for Best Director for his film Kinatay at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

His 2012 film Thy Womb competed for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival and earned Mendoza the award for Achievement in Directing at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2012.

Brillante’s film Taklub was selected to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  If you want to know more information keep reading this article.

Brillante Mendoza Famous Films

  • The Masseur
  • Summer Heat
  • The Teacher
  • Fantasy
  • Foster Child
  • Slingshot
  • Service
  • Butchered (The Execution of P)
  • Grandmother
  • Captive
  • Thy Womb
  • Sapi
  • Trap
  • Ma’ Rosa
  • Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections
  • Alpha: The Right to Kill
  • Journey
  • Amo (TV mini-series)
  • Mindanao
  • Verdict

Brillante Mendoza FAQ’s

Who is Brillante Mendoza?

Brillante “Dante” Mendoza (born 30 July 1960) is a Filipino independent filmmaker.

How old is Brillante Mendoza?

Brillante Mendoza is currently 61 years old.

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