MANILA- Acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza's latest movie "Alpha, The Right to Kill" will compete for the top prize in an international film festival in Spain.
The film is an entry to the main competition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, a first for Mendoza.
"Alpha, The Right to Kill" will compete against Felix Van Groeningen’s Brad Pitt-produced “Beautiful Boy,” Louis Garrel’s “A Faithful Man” and Peter Strickland’s “In Fabric.”
Written by Troy Espiritu and directed by Mendoza,"Alpha, The Right to Kill" is set against the backdrop of the Philippine government's war on drugs.
Espiritu was also the writer of Mendoza's Netflix series "Amo" and his 2016 Cannes Film Festival entry “Ma’ Rosa.”
In 2009, Mendoza was hailed Best Director in the prestigious festival for his film "Kinatay" and has since gone to produce an extensive body of work.