ALPHA, THE RIGHT TO KILL

by Brillante Mendoza
ALPHA, THE RIGHT TO KILL

Informations

Nation: Philippines

Year: 2018

Length: 94'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Set against the backdrop of the Philippines government’s crackdown on illegal drugs, a SWAT-led police force launches an operation to arrest Abel, one of the biggest druglords in Manila. Police officer Moises Espino and Elijah, a small-time pusher turned informant, provide the intelligence for the operation which quickly escalates into a violent and heavely-armed confrontation in the slums between the SWAT and Abel’s gang. Alpha, the Right to Kill is the product of a compilation of found stories based on research and interviews with people involved with the drug trade in the Philippines; the film’s challenge was how to put together so many perspectives in a cohesive point of view.

Director

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza (San Fernando, Philippines, 1960) started his career as a screenwriter, working for film, television and theatre. His first feature film The Masseur, won the Golden Leopard Award at the 2005 Locarno Film Festival, as well as the Interfaith Award in Brisbane. In 2006, he directed The Teacher which won the CinemAvvenire prize at the Torino Film Festival and Best Photography and Best Director Awards at the Cinemanila Festival. Summer Heat won the Netpac Award in Jeonju in 2007. Slingshot won the Special Jury Award in Marrakech in 2008, the Caligari Award in Berlin and Best Film and Best Director Awards in Singapore. For Kinatay (2009) he won the Best Director Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, for Ma’ Rosa (2016) he received the Best Actress Award at the same festival. The latter title has also been presented in Turin.

Filmography:
Masahista (The Masseur, 2005), Manoro (2006), Kaleldo (Summer Heat, 2006), Manoro (The Teacher, 2006), Foster Child (2007), Tirador (Slingshot, 2007), Serbis (Service, 2008), Lola (2009), Kinatay (2009), Captive (2012), Thy Womb (2012), Sapi (2013), Taklub (2015), Ma’ Rosa (2016), Alpha, the Right to Kill (2018).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Brillante Mendoza
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Troy Espiritu
fotografia/cinematography
Joshua A. Reyles
montaggio/film editing
Diego Marx Dobles
musica/music
Diwa De Leon
suono/sound
Albert Michael Idioma
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Allen Dizon (Moises Espino), Elijah Filamor (Elijah), Baron Geisler (Norman «Abel» Bautista), Jalyn Taboneknek (Rhea), Angela Cortez (Angela Espino), Apollo Abraham (il capo della polizia/chief of police), Alan Paule (l’investigatore capo/investigation senior officer)
produttore/producer
Carlo Valenzona
produzione/production
Center Stage Productions

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contatti/contacts
Memento Films
Sata Cissokho
[email protected]
www.memento-films.com

Director statement

“No society, despite its good intentions, will ever be the ideal people’s domain for as long as evil spirits reside in their midst. This is exactly the conflict that is impairing the Philippine’s war against illegal drugs.”

Synopsis Learn more

Set against the backdrop of the Philippines government’s crackdown on illegal drugs, a SWAT-led police force launches an operation to arrest Abel, one of the biggest druglords in Manila. Police officer Moises Espino and Elijah, a small-time pusher turned informant, provide the intelligence for the operation which quickly escalates into a violent and heavely-armed confrontation in the slums between the SWAT and Abel’s gang. Alpha, the Right to Kill is the product of a compilation of found stories based on research and interviews with people involved with the drug trade in the Philippines; the film’s challenge was how to put together so many perspectives in a cohesive point of view.

Director All about direction

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza (San Fernando, Philippines, 1960) started his career as a screenwriter, working for film, television and theatre. His first feature film The Masseur, won the Golden Leopard Award at the 2005 Locarno Film Festival, as well as the Interfaith Award in Brisbane. In 2006, he directed The Teacher which won the CinemAvvenire prize at the Torino Film Festival and Best Photography and Best Director Awards at the Cinemanila Festival. Summer Heat won the Netpac Award in Jeonju in 2007. Slingshot won the Special Jury Award in Marrakech in 2008, the Caligari Award in Berlin and Best Film and Best Director Awards in Singapore. For Kinatay (2009) he won the Best Director Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, for Ma’ Rosa (2016) he received the Best Actress Award at the same festival. The latter title has also been presented in Turin.

Filmography:
Masahista (The Masseur, 2005), Manoro (2006), Kaleldo (Summer Heat, 2006), Manoro (The Teacher, 2006), Foster Child (2007), Tirador (Slingshot, 2007), Serbis (Service, 2008), Lola (2009), Kinatay (2009), Captive (2012), Thy Womb (2012), Sapi (2013), Taklub (2015), Ma’ Rosa (2016), Alpha, the Right to Kill (2018).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Brillante Mendoza
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Troy Espiritu
fotografia/cinematography
Joshua A. Reyles
montaggio/film editing
Diego Marx Dobles
musica/music
Diwa De Leon
suono/sound
Albert Michael Idioma
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Allen Dizon (Moises Espino), Elijah Filamor (Elijah), Baron Geisler (Norman «Abel» Bautista), Jalyn Taboneknek (Rhea), Angela Cortez (Angela Espino), Apollo Abraham (il capo della polizia/chief of police), Alan Paule (l’investigatore capo/investigation senior officer)
produttore/producer
Carlo Valenzona
produzione/production
Center Stage Productions

**
contatti/contacts
Memento Films
Sata Cissokho
[email protected]
www.memento-films.com

Director statement Read more

“No society, despite its good intentions, will ever be the ideal people’s domain for as long as evil spirits reside in their midst. This is exactly the conflict that is impairing the Philippine’s war against illegal drugs.”