Brillante Mendoza is once again competing in Cannes Film Fest via his film Taklub, starring Superstar Nora Aunor.
This Filipino film about victims of supertyphoon Yolanda was chosen to be part of the Un Certain Regard section of the prestigious film festival.
The 68th Cannes Film Festival will take place in France from May 13-24.
Taklub is one of 19 movies included in Un Certain Regard, which is intended to be a "survey of current world cinema."
The Nora Aunor-starrer is in the running to win the Prix Un Certain Regard, the prize given to the best film in the sidebar that could possibly receive distribution in France.
Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini serves as the jury president of Cannes' Un Certain Regard.
The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini is best known for her films Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her.
Last week, 14 films were initially reported as being part of the Un Certain Regard section.
However, the organizers of Cannes made a separate announcement on April 23 indicating that five movies were added, including the Brillante Mendoza film about the aftermath of supertyphoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
Taklub depicts the story of a family that experienced tragedy because of supertyphoon Yolanda that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013.
In a previous interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Nora Aunor disclosed that her character is a mother who lost three children during the storm but she was still in denial over her loss.
Her character chooses to go on with her life with her remaining daugher, played by teenage actress Shine Santos.
Julio Diaz is cast as Nora's husband.
Aaron Rivera and Rome Mallari (a deaf-mute actor who starred in Dinig Sana Kita) portray siblings who lost their parents during the typhoon.
Other cast members include Lou Veloso, Ruby Ruiz, Soliman Cruz, Glenda Kennedy, and John Rendez (who plays amilitary officer conducting rescue operations).
Based on a script by Honee Alipio, this film was shot in Tacloban, Leyte. Yolanda is considered as one of the strongest typhoons to make landfall in recorded history.
Brillante and Nora previously worked with each other for the internationally recognized film Thy Womb (2012).
In 2009, Brillante was named as Cannes Best Director for his film Kinatay.
(Read: Nora Aunor and Brillante Mendoza begin shooting for Taklub, a film about Yolanda victims)
According to a press release from Cannes, Taklub runs for two hours and 20 minutes
Brillante Mendoza's Taklub, starring Nora Aunor, joins Cannes Film Fest 2015
by posted on April 24, 2015