One of the most prominent and important Filipino filmmakers today. His film Captive competed in Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, while Tirador won the Caligari Film Award in 2007. Thy Womb, on the other hand, won the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award in the Venice Film Festival in 2012, while Lola was nominated for the Golden Lion in 2009. But his most notable achievement is when he won the elusive Best Director award in the well-renowned Cannes Film Festival for the film Kinatay in 2009. The year before, his film, Serbis (Service) was nominated for the acclaimed Palme d’ Or Award.