After it was shown as an inspirational film for the recent launch of the socio-civic project “Kapit-Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig,” Centerstage Productions and Swift Productions’ “Lola” is slated to compete at the 57th Sydney Film Festival, which will run from June 2 to 14 in Sydney, Australia.


Brillante Mendoza, at the helm of “Lola,” is honored that his film was chosen to cap the launch of the environment driven act to help clean and bring back life to Pasig River, the pride of the once pristine Manila.

“Akala ko ay wala nang papansin sa Pilipinas sa pelikula tungkol sa mga grandmothers at senior citizens pero nagulat ako na mismong ang ABS-CBN Foundation ang pumili sa pelikula para ipalabas sa launch ng project,” exclaimed Mendoza.

At the same time, an international audience is expected to watch “Lola,” a foray on the personal saga of two grandmas, one seeks for justice in the death of her grandson, the other aims to fix and bury the hatchet of the case of her grandson-killer, when it is exhibited at the Sydney film event.

Three screenings are allotted to “Lola” at the State Theater in Sydney, one on June 7, the other two the following day.

Mendoza is one of the most anticipated international guests of the festival together with world renowned filmmakers and actors including Ewan McGregor of “The Ghost Writer,” Scottish actress Shirley Henderson of “Harry Potter, ”British filmmaker Lucy Walker and internationally acclaimed director Julie Bertucelli of “The Tree” fame.

“Pag nasa international film festival ako, nagiging fan ako ng mga sikat na Hollywood at international celebrities. Wala akong pakialam sa sasabihin ng mga tao. Kung gusto kong magpapirma ng autograph o magpa-picture, gagawin ko, basta,” said the star struck Dante Mendoza.

“I hope ‘Lola’ makes it again this time, at Sydney. I want to prove that themes and storylines on old people are still marketable and inspirational to all viewers of all ages,” quipped Mendoza. -Report by Boy Villasanta,