The much talked about Filipino film that competed in the61st Cannes International Film Festival will finally be screened in selecttheaters starting June 25. Brillante "Dante" Mendoza's indie film Serbishas been given a rating of R-18 by the Movie and Television Review andClassification Board (MTRCB).
The indie film was deemed controversial when critics gave it mixed reviews and when Coco Martin's manager expressed disapproval over hisward's sensitive scenes in the movie.
Hollywood actor-director Sean Penn headed the jury of this year's Cannes IFF.According to Ferdy Lapuz of Ignatius Films Canada (the co-producer of thefilm), Sean wrote a letter addressed to Direk Dante saying: "I was glad tospeak with you at the closing night of the festival. Serbis is somethingextraordinary."
Didier Costet, Serbis French-co producer, accompanied DirekDante in Granada, Spain last June 4 to 7. Direk Dante's previous film aboutpetty criminals, Tirador, was shown in competition at the Festival Cinesdel Sur. From June 10-13, Dante proceeded to Sydney, Australia where both FosterChild and Tirador were shown. Both films were also shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festivalin the United Kingdom this week.
According to the official website of the Paris Cinema International FilmFestival, organizers of the said film fest will pay a very special tribute tothe Philippines from July 1 to 12. This will include a retrospective on DirekDante's films: Masahista, Kaleldo, Manoro, Foster Child, Tirador,and Serbis.
Other notable events include a retrospective on the late Joey Gosengfiao,several Cinemalaya entries, and a gala screening of Sharon Cuneta's Caregiver,Judy Ann Santos's Ploning, and Piolo Pascual's Dekada ‘70.