15 January 2019 Mandaluyong, Philippines- The red carpet premiere of Brillante Mendoza’s film “Alpha: The Right to Kill” took place at the new Director’s Club Cinema at The Podium in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 11, 2019. Joining the Cannes Film Festival 2009 Best Director at the event were the film’s scriptwriter Troy Espiritu and lead actors Allen Dizon and Elijah Filamor.
“Alpha: The Right to Kill” will be released in select theaters in the Philippines on January 16, 2019. Among the screening venues are Cloverleaf, Fairview Terraces, Gaisano, Gateway Cineplex, Glorietta 4, Market Market Cinema, Robinsons, SM Supermalls, Sta. Lucia, Starmall, Trinoma and Vista Cinemas.
Film Development Council of the Philippines chairman Liza Diño-Seguerra attended the “Alpha: The Right to Kill” red carpet premiere with former National Youth Commission chairperson Ice Seguerra. Directors Joselito Altajeros and Louie Ignacio and former Tourism Promotions Board chief operation officer Cesar Montano also graced the event.
Baron Geisler was given warm welcome by members of the press during the event. “Alpha: The Right to Kill” marks the third time the actor starred in a full-length film directed by Mendoza.
Joining Dizon, Filamor and Geisler in the “Alpha: The Right to Kill” cast are Jalyn Taboneknek Perez, Angela Cortez, Apollo Abraham, Richard Manabat, Nikko de los Santos, JC Tan, Jim Libiran, Dexter Macaraeg, Raymond Rinoza, Xixi Maturan and Cataleya Surio. They were all present during the red carpet premiere.
Other special guests included Kiko Matos and Ketchup Eusebio, who are set to star in Mendoza’s upcoming film “Mindanao” with Dizon and Judy Ann Santos. The trailers of “Mindanao” and Mendoza’s collaboration project with Lav Diaz and Kidlat Tahimik titled “Lakbayan” (Journey) were shown during the “Alpha: The Right to Kill” red carpet premiere.
Before making its Philippine premiere, “Alpha: The Right to Kill” was screened in several film festivals abroad. It made its world premiere in September 2018 at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain where it won the Special Jury Prize.
In October 2018, “Alpha: The Right to Kill” was shown at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and the Warsaw International Film Festival in Poland. It was then screened in November 2018 at the Minsk International Film Festival in Belarus, Shaken Aimanov International Film Festival in Kazakhstan, Tokyo FilmEx in Japan, Cairo International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival in Italy and Singapore International Film Festival in Singapore and in December 2018 at the Kerala International Film Festival in India.