Directed by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Philippines / 126 mins / PG13 – Some Violence and Coarse Language
Dante, a small-time petty crook, comes home with alcohol-fuelled rage and viciously attacks his wife, Joy, and their six-year-old daughter, Angel. To protect herself and Angel, Joy stabs Dante in the arm before fleeing to the nearest police station to file a complaint. At the station, she is humiliated and threatened by law enforcers, and soon realises that finding justice is an uphill battle.
Building on the audacious promise of his short films, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez crafts a gripping commentary on how pre-existing patriarchal structures continue to endanger women’s safety and well-being. Lensed with a captivating urgency and tense atmosphere, Verdict is a film that takes nothing for granted.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Born in Makati City, Philippines, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez is the first Filipino director to compete for the Cannes Palme d’Or twice with his short films Imago and Judgement. Mentored by Filipino auteur Brillante Mendoza, Verdict is Gutierrez’s debut feature film. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received the Special Jury Prize.
CAST & INFORMATION
Max Eigenmann, Kristoffer King, Jorden Suan
Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
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