Tirador (film)

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Tirador Movie Poster
Directed by Brillante "Dante" Mendoza
Written by Ralston Joel Jover
Starring Jiro Manio
Coco Martin
Nathan Lopez
Kristoffer King
Country Flag of the PhilippinesPhilippines
Language English

Tirador or "slingshot", is an independent film by Brillante Mendoza. The Centerstage Productions movie illustrates politics and faith in the Philippines, as well as the plight of the Filipino people who live in poverty. Tirador has been shown at different film festivals in Toronto, Singapore, Granada, Pusan and in Marrakesh where it won the International Special Jury Prize. Tirador refers to somebody who makes a hit (tira); it may refer to a hired killer, drug addict or thief.



The movie is about the intertwined lives of Caloy, Leo, Rex and Odie. All of them live in the depressed slum area of Quiapo, Manila. The film takes place during Holy Week amidst the 2007 elections. It represents Manila as swarming with criminals -- snatchers, pickpockets, drug pushers, shoplifters and the like. However, these petty criminals are portrayed as nothing compared to the corrupt, hypocritical politicians who make false promises, exploit poverty and call on God for help.



Gawad Urian (2008)

  • Best Sound
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Film
  • Best Supporting Actress- Angela Ruiz
  • Best Director- Brillante Mendoza

Asian Film Awards (2008)

  • Best Editor- Charliebebs Gohetia (Nominated)

Berlin International Film Festival (2008)

  • Caligari Film Award- Brillante Mendoza

Marrakech International Film Festival (2007)

  • Special Jury Award- Brillante Mendoza
  • Golden Star- Brillante Mendoza (Nominated)

Singapore International Film Festival (2008)

  • FIPRESCI/NETPAC Award- Brillante Mendoza
  • Silver Screen Award (Best Asian Director)
  • Best Asian Feature Film


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