QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chroncles, Manila Bureau) – The jury has delivered its verdict: there was no Cannes moment for film director Brillante Mendoza during President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
Mendoza, who won the Best Director award for his film ‘Kinatay’ at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, was asked by Malacañang to direct the SONA, held at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
Netizens were quick to question whether Mendoza’s “under-the-podium” and “under-Duterte’s nose” camera angles were necessary. Many said the shots were distracting at the most.
But the biggest setback for the production was Duterte’s constant going off the script. What was advertised as a 30-minute speech ended up three times as lengthy.
Members of the diplomatic corps ended up not understanding most of Duterte’s adlibs which he delivered in Tagalog and a sprinkling of Cebuano.
Senator Manny Pacquiao repeatedly yawned during the speech.
More importantly, many television viewers were disappointed that there was no “fish ball” moment, the scene that many say won for Jaclyn Jose the Best Actress award in the last Cannes Film Festival. She starred in Ma’Rosa, directed by Mendoza.
Maybe, it’ll be better during Duterte’s second SONA.