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New York Premiere

Philippines, France | 110 MINUTES | Filipino, Tagalog |



Two elderly matriarchs bear the consequences of a crime involving their grandsons: One is murdered, the other is the suspect. As the intense financial strains of a burial and legal case weigh on both women, they individually traipse around the prisons, funeral homes, and courtrooms of Manila amidst torrents of rain, while simultaneously struggling to maintain their families' lives in the makeshift shacks built along the city's rising waterways. Face-to-face with each other, they work together to reach a common, if compromised, resolution.

Capturing the desperate and frantically beautiful texture of the urban Manila landscape, Lola confirms the depth and range of Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's vision. Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio deliver incisive performances as the two determined leads in writer Linda Casimiro's penetrating critique of the criminal justice system, its accompanying bureaucracy, and the incomplete quest for justice and reconciliation.

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Directed by Brillante Mendoza and Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza won the best director prize at Cannes in 2009 for Kinatay. Mendoza's 2008 film Serbis became the Philippines' first film selected for competition at Cannes since 1984. He studied fine arts and advertising in Manila and previously worked as a production designer.
Brillante Mendoza
Director of Photography
Odyssey Flores
Linda Casimiro
Production Designer
Dante Mendoza
Didier Costet
Primary Cast
Anita Linda, Rustica Carpio, Tanya Gomez, Jhong Hilario, Ketchup Eusebio
Teresa Barrozo
Kats Serraon