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Born in the Philippines in 1960, he is one of the leading authors in new Filipino cinema. After completing his studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and beginning his career in the field of advertising, he made his debut in cinema, inaugurating an extremely prolific filmography and soon becoming a leading protagonist of international film festivals. His debut film Masahista (The Masseur, 2005), a feature-length film inspired by the true story of a young homosexual Filipino masseur, won the video competition prize at the Festival of Locarno. His next film Kàleldo (Summer Heat, 2006) was screened in the Extra section of the Rome Film Festival, and Manoro (2006) won the CinemAvvenire award at the Torino Film Festival. In 2007 he was in Cannes for the screening of Foster Child in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section, in 2008 for Serbis (Service) and in 2009 with Kinatay (The Execution of P), for which he won the award for Best Director. The Berlin Film Festival welcomed him in 2007 for Tirador (Slingshot), presented in the Forum section, and in 2012 for Captive. Mendoza participated in the Venice Film Festival twice: in 2009 with Lola, one of the two surprise films in the Competition of the 66th Edition, which tells the story of two old women who try their best to help their grandchildren involved in opposite sides of a crime, and in 2012 with the delicate Sinapupunan (Thy Womb), in Competition, the story of a Filipino wife who could not have children, and so decided to find a fertile new companion for her husband.
2009 – Lola – In Competition (screenplay, director)
2012 – Sinapupunan (Thy Womb) (screenplay, director)


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