« 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. »


Joy and her six-year-old daughter Angel live in Manila, with 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 & HFPA Award, 2019
  • 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Performance by an Actress (Max Eigenmann)
  • 44th Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection, 2019
  • 46th Telluride Film Festival, Official Selection, 2019



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


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


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