Trap (2015 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Brillante Mendoza
Produced by Larry I. Castillo[1]
Written by Honeylyn Joy Alipio[1]
Music by Diwa de Leon[1]
Cinematography Odyssey Flores[1]
Edited by Diego Marx Dobles[1]
Centerstage Productions[1]
Release date
  • 19 May 2015 (2015-05-19) (Cannes)
  • 16 September 2015 (2015-09-16) (Philippines)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Country Philippines
Language Filipino

Trap (Tagalog: Taklub) is a 2015 Filipino drama film directed by Brillante Mendoza and starring Nora Aunor, Julio Diaz, Lou Veloso and Aaron Rivera. Taklub centers on the survivors in the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the central part of the Philippines, especially Tacloban, Leyte and how they picked up their lives a year after the typhoon.

It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3] At Cannes it won a commendation awarded by the Ecumenical Jury.[4]


  • Nora Aunor as Bebeth
  • Julio Diaz as Larry
  • Lou Veloso as Renato
  • Aaron Rivera as Erwin
  • Ruby Ruiz as Kagawad Duke[5]
  • Soliman Cruz
  • Rome Mallari as Marlon[5]
  • Shine Santos
  • John Rendez
  • Glenda Kennedy


After Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013, director Brillante Mendoza was asked by others if he would make a film about the disaster, to which he thought could be insensitive for him to exploit the tragedies that have occurred for the victims' lives. Some months later, he was asked by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to create a documentary film about climate change. For it to have a better impact towards audiences, Mendoza suggested to make a narrative film instead.[5]

In preparing for her role, Nora Aunor interviewed some of the people in Tacloban, Leyte, a city heavily damaged by the typhoon.[5]


Trap was screened on 19 May 2015 in the Un Certain Regard section at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.[5] It was also shown at the Sarajevo Film Festival.[6] The film was also part of the 9th Film and Arts Festival Two Riverside in Poland,[7] the 15th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland,[8] the 28th Helsinki International Film Festival[9] and the 20th Busan International Film.[10]


Maggie Lee of Variety called it "an intimate yet detached portrait of survivors of Typhoon Yolanda".[11] Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film "proves to be very much in line with the director's trademark vision of the world as a bleak, imperfect if not even hopeless place".[1] Screen International described it as "a choral film shot in urgent, handheld, docu-drama style that illuminates the tragedy and its aftermath via an intertwined series of personal stories".[12]


Group Category Nominee Result
1st MónFilmat Festival Internacional de Cinema[13] Best Film Won
2015 Cannes Film Festival[14] Ecunumical Jury Prize (Special Mention) Won
16th Asiatica Film Mediale[15] Audience Award Won
15th Beirut International Film Festival[16] Won
39th Gawad Urian[17] Best Picture Won
Best Director Brillante Mendoza Nominated
Best Actress Nora Aunor Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Julio Diaz Nominated
Lou Veloso Nominated
Best Screenplay Honeylyn Joy Alipio Nominated
Best Cinematography Odessey Flores Nominated
Best Editing Diego Max Dobles Nominated
Best Music Diwa De Leon Nominated
Best Sound Andrew Millalos, Addiss Tabong, Dennis Payumo, Paulito Homillano Nominated
18th Gawad Pasado (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) Dambana ng Kagalingan bilang Pinakapasadong Aktress ( Hall of Fame ) Nora Aunor Won
Dangal ng PASADO sa Kamlayang Pangkalikasan Won
Pinakapasadong Pelikula Nominated
Pinakapasadong Direktor Brillante Mendoza Nominated
Pinakapasadong Katuwang na aktor Julio Diaz Nominated
Lou Veloso Nominated
Young Critics Circle [18] Best Film Nominated
Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Nora Aunor Nominated
Best Screenplay Honeylyn Joy Alipio Nominated
Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design Odyssey Flores (Cinematography)
Henry Alcasid & Dante Mendoza (Production Design)
32nd Star Awards for Movies[19][20] Indie Movie of the Year Nominated
Indie Movie Director of the Year Dante Mendoza Nominated
Movie Actress of the Year Nora Aunor Nominated
Indie Movie Screenwriter of the year Honeylyn Joy Alipio Nominated
Indie Movie Cinematographer of the Year Odessey Flores Nominated
Indie Production Designer of the Year Dante Mendoza Nominated
Indie Movie Musical Scorer of the Year Diwa De Leon Nominated
Indie Movie Sound Engineer of the Year Andrew Millalos and Addiss Tabong Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tsui, Clarence (19 May 2015). "'Taklub' : Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Complement to the Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Screenings Guide". Festival de Cannes. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Cannes Ecumenical Jury Prize 2015 awarded to 'Mia Madre' by Nanni Moretti". Protestant Federation of France. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e "UN CERTAIN REGARD - Taklub, interview with Brillante Mendoza". Festival de Cannes. Festival de Cannes. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Tribute to: Brillante Mendoza". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Taklub". Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Film Description of Taklub". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Film Description of Taklub". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Film Description of Taklub". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  11. ^ Lee, Maggie (19 May 2015). "Cannes Film Review: 'Taklub'". Variety. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  12. ^ "'Taklub': Review". Screen Daily. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Taklub wins in Spain". July 17, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  14. ^ "Taklub wins in Cannes". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Taklub wins in Italy". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  16. ^ "'Taklub' wins in Beirut film fest". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  17. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, Gawad Urian 2016". Rappler. 25 June 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  18. ^ "NYoung Critics Circle names Da Dog Show best film of 2015". Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  19. ^ "32nd Star Awards for Movies nominees unveiled". Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  20. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, PMPC Star Awards for Movies 2016". Retrieved 2016-03-07.

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