Alpha, the right to kill

Philippines, 2018, 94’

Director

Brillante Mendoza

Producer

Carlo Valenzona

Scenario

Troy Espiritu

Rights Holder

Memento Films International

DOP

Joshua A. Reyles

Cast

Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor, Baron Geisler

Production

Center Stage Productions

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 drug lords in Manila. Police Officer Espino and Elijah, a small-time pusher turned informant, provide the intelligence for the operation, which quickly escalates into a violent and heavily-armed confrontation in the slums between the SWAT and Abel's gang. Before the investigators arrive at the crime scene, Espino and Elijah walk off with Abel's backpack full of money and methamphetamine...

HONORS
2018 San Sebastián IFF (Spain) – Special Prize of the Jury
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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Brillante Mendoza

With his first film, THE MASSEUR (2005) won the Golden Leopard in Locarno. In 2007 he competed with SERVICE at the Cannes IFF, where two years later he was awarded with the Best Director Award for KINATAY (2009). He also competed in Venice with LOLA (2009) and THY WOMB (2012) and in Berlin with CAPTIVE (2012). Belarusian premieres of these films took place at the Minsk IFF «Listapad». TAKLUB (2015) participated in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and MA’ ROSA (2016) received the Best Actress Award at the same festival.

Selected filmography

2016 MA’ ROSA

2015 TAKLUB

2012 CAPTIVE

2012 THY WOMB

2009 LOLA

2009 KINATAY

2007 SERVICE

2005 THE MASSEUR

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