The Philippine premiere of internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza’s Alpha: The Right to Kill was held recently at the new Director’s Club Cinemas at The Podium. The film, which won the Jury Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain in 2018 started screening in Philippines at SM Cinema and theaters nationwide last January 16.


All for Alpha. FDCP Chairperson Liza Dino, SM Cinema VP for Corporate Ruby Reyes, Director Brillante Mendoza, SM SVP for Marketing Millie Dizon and Solar Pictures General Manager Butch Ibañez during the Philippine premier of Alpha: The Right to Kill at the Director’s Club Cinema at The Podium. Cinemas and theaters nationwide starting January 16.

The Alpha team led by Director Brillante Mendoza as well as Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor, and Baron Geisler came in full force to support the film that had brought so much honor to our country in international film festivals. FDCP Chairperson Liza Dino, Solar Entertainment General Manager Butch Ibanez, SM Cinema VP for Corporate Marketing Ruby Reyes, Senior Vice President for Marketing Millie Dizon also graced the event.


Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Asec. Ramon Cualoping III, with Jean Recio, Josh Hernandez and Zane Parel

Another highlight of the event is the awarding of SM Cinema’s Plaque of Recognition to Director Brillante Mendoza for his significant contribution to Philippine Independent Cinema.


Director Brillante Mendoza with (From left to right) Elijah Filamor, Kiko Matos, Allen Dizon, Richard Manabat, Alvin Anson and JC Tan.

A joint project of Solar Entertainment, Centerstage Productions, and SM Cinemas, the event gave guests an exclusive private screening of Director Mendoza’s latest masterpiece. It also gave guests a glimpse of The Podium’s three newly opened Director’s Club cinemas with their luxurious and state of the art facilities, and premium service that take movie watching to the next level.


Director Brillante Mendoza with the cast of Alpha, The Right to Kill – (From left to right) Raymond Rinoza, Dexter Macaraeg, Elijah Filamor, Xixi Maturan, Allen Dizon, Cataleya Surio, Richard Manabat, JC Tan & Jalyn Taboneknek

Directed by Brillante Mendoza and written by Troy Espiritu, Alpha: The Right to Kill is set against the backdrop of the Philippines Government’s crackdown on illegal drugs, a SWAT-led police force launches an operation to arrest Abel, one of the biggest drug lords in Manilla.


Director Brillante Mendoza with actors Cesar Montano and Baron Geisler

Starring Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor and Baron Geisler, the film follows the story of Police Officer Espino (Dizon) and Elijah (Fillamor), a small-time pusher turned informant, provide the intelligence for the operation which quickly escalates into a violent and heavily-armed confrontation in the slums between the SWAT and Abel’s  (Geisler) gang.

Before the investigators arrive at the crime scene, Espino and Elijah walk off with Abel’s backpack full of money and methamphetamine.  

This gesture of survival for one and corruption for the other will soon set off a dangerous series of events, both of them risking their reputations, families and lives in the process.


Director’s Club. Award-winning filmmaker Director Brillante Mendoza with fellow filmmakers Louie Ignacio, Jay Altarejos and Ralston Jover during the premiere night of “Alpha; The Right to Kill”

ALPHA also joined other international film festivals – Official Selection of Warsaw Film Festival in Poland, 2018 Singapore International Film Festival, Tokyo Filmex, Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, Cairo International Film Festival in Egypt, Minsk International Film Festival in Belarus, 36th Torino Film Festival in Italy and Shaken Aimanov 14th International Film Festival in Kazakhstan.

You can now enjoy the latest blockbusters at SM Cinema’s latest offering at Director’s Club Cinema The Podium. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates.

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