Lino Brocka


Probably the best known of Filipino filmmakers, and one of the finest. Was a regular at Cannes. His Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag (Manila in the Claws of Neon, 1975) was cited in Geoff Andrews' book "Film: The Critics' Choice" as one of the "150 masterpieces of world cinema."

I met him in New York, after a screening of Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (You Were Judged and Found Wanting, 1976), and shook his hand; the first thing he said to me was: "you know, you look familiar." I had to explain to him that my identical twin brother once worked for him. He was killed in a car crash not long after.

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