Jose Lorenzo Diokno

Pepe Diokno

  • Name: Pepe Diokno
  • Native name: Jose Lorenzo Diokno
  • Nationality: Filipino
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: August 13, 1987
  • Age: 36
Jose Lorenzo "Pepe" Diokno is a Filipino motion picture director, producer and screenwriter. His debut film, Engkwentro premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival and received the Lion of the Future - "Luigi de Laurentiis" Award for Best Debut Film, as well as the Orizzonti Prize. He has since produced feature films, as well as direct Above the Clouds and Kapatiran.

Diokno was born in Manila, the first of six children of Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno, a lawyer and the founding dean of the De La Salle University (DLSU) College of Law, and Divina Aromin, a writer. He was named after his grandfather, the late Philippine senator and freedom fighter, Jose W. Diokno, the father of human rights and founder of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), who died six months before he was born. Pepe's great-grandfather is Gen. Ananías Diokno, leader of the Visayan forces during the 1896 Revolution and war against the United States.

In 2009, at 21-years-old and still a student at the University of the Philippines, Diokno made his debut feature, Engkwentro. Produced on a meager budget, it tells the story of two teenage brothers on the run from a vigilante death squad, while throughout the film, the omnipresent voice of an iron-fisted mayor blasts on. The film premiered at the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, and was then selected to the 2009 Venice Film Festival, where it received the Lion of the Future - "Luigi de Laurentiis" Award for Best Debut Film, as well as the Orizzonti Prize for new trends in cinema. It also received the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at the 2010 Jeonju International Film Festival, and the Gawad Urian for Best Editing.

Diokno's second film, Above the Clouds premiered at the 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival and was nominated Best Film at the 2014 Singapore International Film Festival. The family drama tells the story of an orphaned teenage boy and his estranged grandfather embarking on a journey to overcome their grief. The Filipino-French co-production took three years to make, and was produced with the support of France's Aide aux cinemas du monde, South Korea's Asian Cinema Fund, Switzerland's Visions Sud Est and the Arte Prize from the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2015, Diokno produced his third feature, Kapatiran, an experimental film cum cinematic essay on fraternities and Filipino society’s tribal nature. It was an Official Selection at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and was a grantee of the QCinema International Film Festival. In some ways, the film was a return to Diokno's roots — a low-budget, realist work of social commentary. Critics described the film as “absolutely brave", “exceptionally personal and powerful", “Harsh, heartening, dizzying, and deadly", and “a fascinating experiment". Edit Biography
Director
Year Title Type Rating
2018 Doors
Drama
0.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2023 Gomburza
Movie
8.4
2015 Brotherhood
Movie
0.0
2014 Above the Clouds
Movie
8.6
2009 Engkwentro
Movie
10.0
Producer
Year Title Type Rating
2016 Singing in Graveyards
Movie
0.0
Executive Producer
Year Title Type Rating
2019 Motel Acacia
Movie
6.7
2019 Past, Present, Perfect?
Drama
7.8
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  • First Name: Jose Lorenzo
  • Family Name: Diokno
  • Native name: Jose Lorenzo Diokno
  • Nationality: Filipino
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: August 13, 1987
  • Age: 36

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