Alpha, the Right to Kill

Directed by Brillante Mendoza
2018
Philippines
94 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs is the backdrop of this pulsating thriller by Brillante Mendoza. Winner, Special Jury Prize San Sebastian 2018.

The new feature by Brillante Mendoza (Lola, SFF 2009; Foster Child, SFF 2007) reaffirms his status as one of the most vital and important voices in contemporary Filipino cinema. With characteristic fearlessness, Mendoza takes us to the epicentre of the drug-related violence and extrajudicial executions that have ravaged his country since 2016. Espino is an apparently honest SWAT commander and family man. In reality he's another crooked cop in a hopelessly broken system. Manila slum resident Alpha peddles meth to keep his family fed and acts as Espino's snitch in order to avoid arrest – or worse. Mendoza's stylishly executed thriller provides a memorable picture of a city in the grip of overwhelming fear.

Mendoza's most propulsive and engrossing variation on his favored themes in some time. It's also his most straight-up genre exercise to date.
Guy Lodge, Variety

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Sat 8 June
4:30pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
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Mon 10 June
4:45pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
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Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Philippines
Language
In English and Filipino with English subtitles
Director
Brillante Mendoza
Producer
Carlo Valenzona
Cast
Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor, Baron Geisler
Screenwriter
Troy Espiritu
Cinematographer
Joshua A. Reyles
Editor
Diego Marx Dobles
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Crime, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Asia, Festival Award Winners, South East Asia
Company Credits
World Sales: Memento Films International
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