Directors' Showcase / UK premiere


  • Brillante Mendoza /
  • Philippines, France /
  • 2009 /
  • 110 mins

Anita Linda, Rustica Carpio, Tanya Gomez, Jhong Hilario, Ketchup Eusebio / Fiction / Tagalog

EIFF proudly presents the latest masterpiece by the Palme d’Or-winning director of Kinatay.

Grandmother Sepa is striving to pay for her son’s funeral when his killer is caught and placed on trial. Matters take a more complex turn when the killer’s elderly mother asks for Sepa’s forgiveness and her son’s release – for which she is willing to pay. Is clemency an option? An astonishing piece of pure cinema, the man responsible for Service demonstrates yet again why he sits comfortably among the greatest of living directors.

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  • #1 Kevin Matthews / Monday 21 June, 2010 / 22:24 GMT
  • #2 Chris Docker / Wednesday 23 June, 2010 / 00:45 GMT

    Maybe worth mentioning that 'Lola' is the Filipino word for 'Grandmother.' The use of the word in the singular relates to theme of the film involving two grandmothers.
  • #3 Tom van de Bospoort / Wednesday 23 June, 2010 / 20:09 GMT

    This film, a good take on the philippines justice system and the lack of it as well as showing how under-developed the place is, this film is a little slow but worth seeing for the scenery, although I didn't really like it.

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