The Nora-Aunor starrer Taklub won a special award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.
Directed by Brillante Mendoza, this film about Yolanda survivors earned a special commendation from the 2015 Ecumenical Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
The Filipino film is one of only three movies honored by the Ecumenical Jury this year. It was the only entry recognized from among the entries of the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes.
Taklub is cited “for the sensitive portrayal of individuals and communities working for life in the midst of suffering and death in the shadows of natural catastrophes in the Philippines.”
In Taklub, Nora is cast as a mother who lost her children to super typhoon Yolanda that devastated and killed thousands in November 2013. The film is set in Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas in Eastern Visayas.
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2009 Cannes Best Director Brillante led the Philippine delegation during the world premiere of Taklub held last May 19.
The film also stars Julio Diaz, Aaron Rivera, Rome Mallari, Shine Santos, Lou Veloso, Soliman Cruz, and Ruby Ruiz, among others.
Director Brillante Mendoza and Senator Loren Legarda led the Taklub entourage during the world premiere in Cannes. Ruby Ruiz (second from left), one of the film's stars, joined them at the red carpet.
Producer Larry Castillo revealed that the jury "chose 3 films from all the films in the festival and they chose 2 films from main competition and one from Un Certain Regard. Taklub is the one from Un Certain Regard. Thank you for this commendation. This is dedicated to all the victims and survivors of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)."
The Ecumenical Jury recognizes works of artistic quality that are testimonies “to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings and the complexity of our society.”
The two other films from the main competition are Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre from Italy and Stephane Brize’s The Laws of Contract from France.
Mia Madre, which won the 2015 Ecumenical Jury Prize, is cited for being a "well-crafted, fine film suffused with humour that elegantly explores the human journey through loss to new beginnings."
Meanwhile, The Laws of Contract is cited for "its prophetical stance on the world of work and its sharp reflection on our tacit complicity in the inhumane logics of merchandising."
Taklub has been commended by international media, among them critics from The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
The Hollywood Reporter described Brillante's film as an “engaging drama about individuals struggling to mourn lost loved ones and rebuild their normal lives at the same time.”
The movie is said to be "driven by yet another remarkably restrained turn from Philippine cinema grand dame Nora Aunor."ï¿½ ï¿½
Hollywood news source Variety sums up Taklub as "auteur Brillante Mendoza’s portrait of three surviving families a year after Typhoon Yolanda ripped through the city of Tacloban."
It is also described as as film that "offers an intimate yet detached portrait of survivors of Typhoon Yolanda" while leaving “a lingering sense of loss and helplessness.”
Taklub is included in Vogue Italia’s ten must-see movies in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.