Director: Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
Lola is his second film produced in 2009. His Kinatay was presented at the Cannes Film Festival and won the prestigious Best Director award. In 2008 his film Serbis became his country's first film in the Cannes Film Festival official competition since 1984. Brillante Mendoza was born in San Fernando, Philippines. He studied fine arts and advertising at Manila's University of Santo Tomas. Before directing, he worked as an acclaimed production designer in films, commercials and theater.
Lola Sepa's grandson has been killed by a cell phone snatcher. She and her family are poor, and there is not enough money. But the elderly woman is ready to even seek a bank loan to assure both a proper burial and justice for her beloved grandson. Lola Puring is committed to getting her grandson Mateo out of jail, although he has been accused of senselessly murdering Lola Sepa's grandson. But the poor aged woman doesn't have the bail money. Each time she visits her grandson in prison to bring him proper meals, it breaks her heart.