Brillante Mendoza‘s film, Kinatay, that earned him the best director trophy at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in 2009 was noticed by a lot of well-known personalities.
This time, it was tweeted by award-winning Brazilian author Paolo Coelho.
In his caption, he described the film as one of the “most disturbing movies” he watched this year.
— Paulo Coelho ☮️ (@paulocoelho) October 6, 2018
He also complimented the director himself, screenplay, and the actors.
One of the most disturbing movies I watched in 2018 – great screenplay, director, actors. A Filipino movie that, if it was directed by Tarantino, would be shortlisted for the Oscar. pic.twitter.com/78hdk5SoCH
— Paulo Coelho ☮️ (@paulocoelho) December 27, 2018
Coelho added that if it was directed by American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, it would’ve been shortlisted for an Oscar.
Mendoza replied to the tweet and said that Tarantino actually wrote him a letter and congratulated him when he won the Cannes award.
Oh and btw, Quintin Tarantino wrote me a letter congratulating me after I won the best director award in #cannesfilmfest
— Brillante Mendoza (@brillante_ma) December 28, 2018
Kinatay was about a criminology student, played by Coco Martin. He joined a syndicate to earn a living for his family.
The film was shown in the 2009 Cinemalaya Film Festival and has also premiered at the Cannes the same year Mendoza won the Best Director Award.
Coelho wrote famous books such as The Alchemist, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Brida, and Veronika Decides to Die.
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