Verdict

« Throughout this engrossing and sophisticated procedural with universal audience appeal, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez slowly dismantles his country’s imperfect justice system, where nightmarish bureaucracy gobbles up compassion and the urgent needs of the survivors take a backseat in a grueling Kafkaesque circus. »
Variety

Synopsis

Abused and battered wife, Joy lives in Manila, with her six-year-old daughter Angel and her husband, Dante, a small-time criminal. As so often in the past, Dante comes home drunk at night and beats Joy brutally. This time, he also hurts Angel. Joy grabs her daughter and flees to the local police post to finally get him sent to jail. Justice, Joy learns, takes time at best and is impossible to get at worst. Not without reason, she feels that she and her daughter are increasingly under threat.

 

Festivals & Awards

  • 76th Venice Film Festival: Special Orizzonti Jury Prize 2019
  • 44th Toronto International Film Festival: Official Selection 2019
  • 46th Telluride Film Festival: Official Selection 2019

Réalisateur

Filmographie

  • 2019 Verdict
  • 2018 Judgement (Short)
  • 2016 Imago (Short)

Cast

Max Eigenmann, Kristoffer King, Pakingan Rene Durian, Jorden Suan, Dolly De Leon, Jalyn Perez, Lourdes Javelosa-Indunan, Vincent Aureus, Stephen Humiwa

Crew

Screenplay: Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Cinematography: Joshua A. Reyles
Music: Diwa de Leon
Editing: Diego Marx Dobles
Production design: Ryan Faustino
Sound design: Brian Dumaguina
Producers: Brillante Ma Mendoza, Nicols Brigaud-Robert, Jean Christophe Simon, Dan Wechsler
Production: Centerstage Productions (PH), Films Boutique (FR), Bord Cadre films (CH)

Technical Data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 126′
Released: 2019
Language: Tagalog, Filipino, English
Subtitles: English, French

 

Original title: Verdict