Abused and battered wife, Joy lives in Manila, with her six-year-old daughter Angel and her husband, Dante, a small-time criminal. As so often in the past, Dante comes home drunk at night and beats Joy brutally. This time, he also hurts Angel. Joy grabs her daughter and flees to the local police post to finally get him sent to jail. Justice, Joy learns, takes time at best and is impossible to get at worst. Not without reason, she feels that she and her daughter are increasingly under threat.‘Verdict’ was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Other festivals & awards include:
76th Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti Jury Special Prize, 2019
13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Actress (Max Eigenmann)
44th Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection, 2019
6th Telluride Film Festival, Official Selection, 2019