Brillante Mendoza’s Serbis in 2008 Cannes Film Festival

Filipino director Brillante “Dante” Mendoza’s film, Serbis has been officially invited to the official competition section of the 61st Cannes Film Festival in France from May 14 to 25.

gina pareno and dante mendoza

This is only the third time for the Philippines to compete in Cannes. The first time was in 1980 with Brocka’s Jaguar and then in 1984 with Kapit sa Patalim, also by Brocka. Serbis is about a family living in a rundown moviehouse in Angeles City. The film stars veteran, multi-awarded actress Gina Pareño and talented newcomer Coco Martin. It will open in selected Metro Manila theaters on June 18.