“Taklub” Director Brillante Mendoza-what were his inspirations for doing the film


I truly appreciate the opportunity to interview  2009 Best Director. Director Brillante Ma. Mendoza, his the first and only Filipino to win the most coveted Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival – His 2012 film  Thy Womb competed for the Golden Lion at the  69th Venice International Film Festival.  And now His film Taklub has been selected to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the  2015 Cannes Film Festival.  


Director Brillante were asked some questions during the interview on what were his inspiration for doing the film and if he is open of doing teleserye or another project. Direk always trusts his instincts and make sure that there is always consistency between facts, storytelling and his techniques. How he did this movie? he was asked if he wanted to make a movie about the tragedy of Typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Environment asked him to work on a documentary which is his style and by doing this film is his tribute to the victims and survivors.


Inspirational quote that I learned from Direk Brillante Mendoza, 

” Its not about the form, its about the content “

What is his next project? his next film will be a plea against climate change, this project is his way of awaking every ones eye to become aware of Global problem before its too late.

Taklub, directed by Brillante Mendoza in this film Nora Aunor to lead the film, a story of haiyan survivors , struggles and hope. The film revolves more with emotional devastation than with the physical aftermath. Direk’s style of the film is more of documentary and concentrates on its subject, the film is intimate and has its dramatic attack on the viewers. the finale of the film will leave you saddened yet humbled. 

Taklub is a story of three major characters – Bebeth, Larry and Erwin, whose lives intertwine after super typhoon Haiyan left the city of Tacloban in a horrendous state.  They search for the dead while trying desperately to keep their sanity intact, and to protect what little faith may have.

Bebeth (Nora Aunor) searches for the remains of her three children in the hopes that any identified records could match a DNA test from those buried at the mass grave. Larry (Julio Diaz) lost his wife and consoles himself by joining a group of devout Catholics carrying a life-size crucifix around the city. Erwin (Aaron Rivera) and his elder brother try to hide the truth of their parents’ death from their little sister.

As if grieving from the loss of their loved ones is not enough, a series of events, both man-made and natural, continue to test the endurance of the characters along with the rest of the people, waiting for a time to wipe those slow repugnant tears.

The film has received positive comments from social media and good reviews from the film critics. The MTRCB rated it as PG and released by the DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DENR) Thru Solar Pictures.



The Media Screening  and the said Interview was held at the FILMFEST CAFE AND RESTAURANT is owned by the world-renowned Filipino Director, Brillante Mendoza together with his business partner, Chef Allan Garcia.


In the age when cafes have sprouted almost everywhere, each offering a different experience from the other, the choice of the theme really plays an important role in making the establishment standout from the rest.

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Nestled in a small, quiet neighborhood in Mandaluyong is a recently opened film-themed café and restaurant. This new haven for film enthusiasts and movie lovers alike, Filmfest Café and Restaurant, Had its opening last April 19, the café had already been a witness to small talks, get-togethers, barkada bondings, catch-ups between colleagues and of course, dining of some of today’s biggest and brightest stars in the movie industry.  With a daily film viewing of Director Brillante’s recent films, the diners do not only get treated with delicious dishes, welcomed by the serene ambiance of the place, but at the same time they are also given the chance to see the world-class works of the international award-winning director.

With open hours from 3pm to 1am every Monday to Saturday, Filmfest caters to late lunches, meryendas, dinners and midnight snacks. Ranging from various international cuisines to our very own local dishes, the café can most definitely satisfy anyone’s craving. Of course, if it offers good-tasting food, it surely does offer drinks that can satisfy any form of thirst – whether it be from a day’s total heat (fruit shakes and juices) or even that which craves for some bitter taste and a little kick in the gut (alcoholic drinks and mixes), Filmfest definitely has it all for you.

So if you are somehow in the middle of a hunt for a place that offers a welcoming vibe, food that is surely worth your budget and a theme that is certainly unique, why not drop by Filmfest Café and Restaurant. Located only at #947 Busilak St., Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City, you can find yet another café that is not only apart from others of its kind but can also be close to your heart and not to mention, tummy.

For more information, visit Filmfest Café and Restaurant at its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Filmfest-Cafe-and-Restaurant/, Instagram page at www.instagram.com/filmfestcafeandrestaurant/ or call 531 – 8831, or call or text 09773117565 and look for Ms. Ara Flores.


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