Month: May 2016

Homecoming Dinner for “Ma’Rosa”

Homecoming Dinner for “Ma’Rosa”

Fresh from the 69th Cannes Film Festival, the cast and crew of Ma’Rosa alongside 2016 Best Actress, Jaclyn Jose with director Brillante Mendoza arrived at the homecoming dinner held at Makati Shangri-La, Manila, May 25, Wednesday. The Dinner was headed by Wilson Tieng of Solar Entertainment who is also Mendoza’s partner in launching Sinag Maynila Film Festival which is on its 2nd year.

(Raymund Gutierrez, Andi Eigenmann, Jaclyn Jose and Brillante Mendoza. Photo courtesy of Carlo Valenzona)

The celebrated director expressed his plan to enter “Ma’Rosa” at the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival this coming december. “I already asked the committee if it’s possible, sabi nila okay lang basta wag lang sila magkaroon ng commercial screening, any commercial screening before metro manila film festival,” remarked Mendoza.

“Imago” director and protégé of Mendoza, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez was among the only two filipinos to enter the film festival this year. His film was entered in the short film category, a story about a mother with a special child, who goes to her unusual work late at night.

(Photo courtesy of Carlo Valenzona)

Jaclyn Jose talked about her experience when she encountered the artists that she looked up to like Kristen Dunst. She also added that she does not need a hero’s welcome because of the warm greetings of the Filipino people. Her role as Rosa, a store owner who sells drugs on the side with her husband (Julio Diaz) where she bested two of the “heavyweights” at the cannes film festival, namely Charlize Theron and Marion Cotillard.

(Cast and Crew of Ma’Rosa. Photo Coutesy of Rappler)

Daughter of Jose in real life who also acted alongside her in the film, Andi Eigenmann became emotional while talking to the press about her experiences at the film festival, “My time is over in showbiz and what Filipinos really look for is really different from what I can offer.” And further added, “Then, all of a sudden, I arrive in France where everybody there appreciates me and what I can do.” She also talked about her half-brother, Sid Lucero who won Best Actor at the 19th LA Comedy Festival for the movie Toto.

Brillante Mendoza spotlights Filipino family’s poverty in Cannes film ‘Ma Rosa’

Brillante Mendoza spotlights Filipino family’s poverty in Cannes film ‘Ma Rosa’

CANNES — Against the glamorous backdrop of the French Mediterranean resort of Cannes, prolific Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s latest offering at the world’s biggest film festival is an exploration into the difficult living conditions of a poor family in Manila.

“Ma’ Rosa,” which premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of Rosa Reyes (Jaclyn Jose), a woman who owns a sari-sari store in a poor neighborhood in Manila, making ends meet with her husband Nestor (Julio Diaz) by selling drugs.

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(Julio Diaz plays jaclyn Jose’s husband who got arrested by the corrupt police. Photo courtesy of

Both are detained at a police station after their home is raided, leaving their three children to find the money needed to pay off corrupt police officers in order to free their parents.

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 (Feliz Roco, Andi Eigenmann and Jomari Angeles

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“This situation is really happening back in the Philippines and it’s quite alarming because it comes to a way of life,” Mendoza told Reuters on Thursday.

“The small-time drug selling and all that is happening and it’s quite alarming and something needs to be done. That’s why I decided to make a story out of this situation.”

Mendoza believes the story has wider appeal as the Philippines is not the only country plagued by corruption.

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(Mark Anthony Fernandez as a police officer. Photo courtesy of

“It’s a painful truth,” the filmmaker said. “There is a lot of bigger corruption that is happening all over the world maybe on a different scale.”

“Ma’ Rosa” is among 21 films competing for the festival’s coveted top Palme d’Or prize, which will be awarded on Sunday.

Mendoza, 55, who previously won the best director award at Cannes in 2009 for “Kinatay,” said that showcasing a film in the festival’s main film competition would help get the world to think about the topics of the film.

“This is where the whole world, you know, watch films from different walks of life and from different parts of the world,” he said. — Reuters


Cannes winner Jaclyn Jose shrugs off critics of her Best Actress award

Cannes winner Jaclyn Jose shrugs off critics of her Best Actress award

Jaclyn Jose holding her Best Actress trophy from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The veteran actress reveals to the press that she worked hard for her memorable final scene in Ma' Rosa, which the jury took notice. Photo by: Noel Orsal
(Jaclyn Jose holding her Best Actress trophy from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The veteran actress reveals to the press that she worked hard for her memorable final scene in Ma’ Rosa, which the jury took notice. Photo by: Noel Orsal)

Dalawang araw mula nang tanghalin siyang Best Actress sa 69th Cannes Film Festival sa France ay nakabalik na ng Pilipinas ang veteran actress na si Jaclyn Jose.

Nanalo si Jaclyn para sa mahusay niyang pagganap sa pelikula ni Brillante Mendoza na Ma’ Rosa.

At gaya ng inaasahan, nasentro ang usapan tungkol sa pagkapanalo niya bilang Best Actress sa Cannes.

Tugon niya, “If you see the film, you’ll say it’s not a supporting [role]. You’ll see.”

Kaugnay ng isyung ito, una nang nagsalita ang members ng Cannes jury at ipinagtanggol ang pagkakapili nila kay Jaclyn.

Ang jury ay binubuo ng mga respetadong alagad ng sining mula sa iba’t ibang bansa; kabilang ang Hollywood personalities gaya nina George Miller (Mad Max director), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), at Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games).

Sa nasabing press conference, binanggit ni Sutherland ang huling eksena sa Ma’ Rosa kung saan makikita si Jaclyn na kumakain ng fish balls.

Sang-ayon si Jaclyn na ito ang eksenang nagpanalo sa kanya.

Sabi niya, “Tingin ko rin, yun nga rin. Pinaghirapan ko yun, ha. Kinarir ko yun.

“Kailangan di mahalata ni Dante na [hindi umaarte]… low key. Kailangan di umaarte.”

Nakapukaw rin ng atensiyon ng marami ang display of affection ni Jaclyn at ng anak niyang si Andi Eigenmann nang ianunsiyo ang pagkapanalo niya.

Hanggang sa stage ay kasama si Andi para sa acceptance speech ng ina.

Pag-amin ni Jaclyn, “Ang alam namin, wala kaming panalo.

“So, sabi ko, ‘Andi, mag-pack tayong maaga, ha, kasi bukas daan pa tayong Cannes, bili pa tayong souvenir,’ sabi ko.

“So, we just thought we’re gonna go home early.”


Cannes jury members defends Best Actress Awardee

Cannes jury members defends Best Actress Awardee

“The critics were wrong… It’s a big-time leading role,” said Hunger Games actor Donald Sutherland, a member of the jury.

After an article from reported that some critics were unhappy of the Best Actress choice. Critics were saying that Jaclyn Jose’s character was a supporting role in the Brillante Mendoza film Ma’Rosa.


(A scene in Ma’Rosa by renowned director, Brillante Mendoza starring Jaclyn Jose, the first Filipina to win Best Actress at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.) 

French director and screenwriter Arnaud Desplechin was so moved by Jaclyn’s performance that he was quoted saying, “She broke my heart,” remarked the jury member.

Among the 59-year-old veteran actress of the Philippines contenders were, American Honey breakout Sasha Lane; The Neon Demon‘s Elle Fanning; Ruth Negga in Jeff Nichols’ Loving; Elle‘s Isabelle Huppert and From The Land Of The Moon‘s Marion Cotillard.

Variety magazine praised Jose for the “naturalistic grace” of her film performance, playing the matriarch of a family struggling to survive amid squalor.


(Photo courtesy of AFP Photo/Valery Hache)

“I am so thankful to Brillante Mendoza,” said Jaclyn Jose in a quick interview aired on TV Festival de Cannes. “I did not [expect]. I just want to come here and be with my daughter and walk the red carpet.

“I was just sitting there watching the stage how nice it… is and how come in the Philippines we can’t make this, just these simple things and then they call my name. So I got surprised. I’m so happy really, really,” the veteran actress added. “But of course I’m proud so proud of our film. We just don’t know how people would react or will like our film but us, we know that we did our best and we know that we have a good film.”

First Filipina to win Best Actress at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

First Filipina to win Best Actress at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

The 52-year-old veteran actress, Jaclyn Jose won best actress for her role in Brillante Mendoza’s film, “Ma’Rosa.” Among her other contenders were Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.

“I am so surprised. I just went to have the red carpet walk with my daughter, my real-life daughter and my daughter in the movie also,” Jose said as she accepted the award on Sunday, referring to her daughter Andi Eigenmann. “To Cannes, thank you so much, thank you to the jury, thank you that you liked our film.”

Actress Jaclyn Jose, left, hugs actress Andi Eigenmann, centre, after winning the Best Actress award for the film Ma' Rosa, at the awards ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
(Veteran actress, Jaclyn Jose hugs her daughter in real life, Andi Eigenmann while Director Brillante Mendoza applauds. Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Thibault Camus)


(Photo Courtesy of Manila Bulletin)

Her role is a mother who is a store owner and sells drugs on the side with her husband (Julio Diaz) to make ends meet, when they get arrested, the entire family becomes desperate to buy her freedom from corrupt police.


(Ma’Rosa cast and crew at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Photo Courtesy Ma’Rosa facebook page)

“It happened, that’s why it had to be told,” the acclaimed director remarked, who is known for tackling dark social issues in his films.

“As an artist, as a filmmaker, you have to share it with the rest of the world for them to realize and also for them to think about it, that such situation should not happen,” he added.  In 2009, Brillante Mendoza became the first Filipino to win best director for his film, “Kinatay.”

Brillante Mendoza commends his stars for his 69th film entry at the Cannes Film Festival

Brillante Mendoza commends his stars for his 69th film entry at the Cannes Film Festival

Naging guest of honor ang multi-awarded director na si Brillante Mendoza sa Europe Day reception upang i-celebrate ang 25th anniversary ng European Union Delegation in the Philippines.

Ang partnership celebration ng Europe at Philippines ay ginanap kamakailan sa Dusit Thani Hotel sa Makati. Pinili si Direk Brillante upang i-launch ang mobile application ng EU Delegation to the Philippines dahil sa kanyang contribution sa kultura.


(Head of delegations, Ambassador Franz Jenssen with renowned director Brillante Mendoza – Photo by Carlo Camilo Valenzona)

Bago nagtungo ng France ay nakausap ng (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Direk Brillante tungkol sa kanyang bagong pelikulang Ma’ Rosa na napili para sa main competition ng 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Ang world premiere ng Ma’ Rosa ay gaganapin on May 18 sa prestigious film fest na tatakbo mula May 11-22, 2016.

Ito ay fourth entry ni Direk Brillante na pumasok sa competition ng Cannes. Una siyang nag-compete noong 2008 para sa Serbis. Nang sumunod na taon, nakuha niya ang Best Director award para sa Kinatay. Last year, ang Yolanda movie niya na Taklub (starring Nora Aunor) ay nakakuha ng Special Mention sa Ecumenical Jury Prize special category. Ang kanyang 2007 family drama na Foster Child ay napili for exhibition sa Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

Ma’ Rosa takes place in the slums of Manila. A married couple (played by Jaclyn Jose and Julio Diaz) run a convenience store that sells illegal substances, particularly shabu (crystal meth). When the couple gets arrested in a buy-bust operation, their three children (Andi Eigenmann, Felix Roco, and Jomari Angeles) do everything they can to save them from corrupt cops.

It also stars Baron Geisler, Mon Confiado, Mercedes Cabral, Neil Ryan Sese, Maria Isabel Lopez, Allan Paule, Ruby Ruiz, and Mark Anthony Fernandez.

Please tell us something about your collaboration with the European Union.

Ibig sabihin po ba nito na pwede na rin kayong mag-shoot ng film sa Europe?

Direk Brillante: “Depende sa istorya, so far meron akong dalawang kwento na based sa Europe: isa sa Italy, kundi sa Europe, sa North America, isa rin sa Canada pero nasa proseso pa lang ito. It won’t be difficult for us to shoot there, kasi may supporta naman tayo sa European Union.”

Ano po yung feeling niyo na babalik muli kayo sa Cannes Film Festival?

Direk Brillante: “Well, siyempre masaya. Masaya ako na sasali muli ang mga pelikula ko sa Cannes Film Festival. Kasi alam naman nating kapag nagpupunta ako sa Cannes ay hindi ko lang naman dala-dala yung pelikula at sarili ko, siyempre buong Pilipinas ang dala-dala ko doon, dahil nire-represent ko yung Pilipinas somehow, sa mga kwento na gingawa ko, dahil tungkol ito sa mga Filipino.”

Tungkol saan ang Ma’ Rosa?

Direk Brillante: “Yung Ma’ Rosa ay tungkol sa mag-asawa—si Jaclyn Jose at si Julio Diaz–na nag-mamay-ari ng isang sari-sari store. Siguro dahil sa kahirapan, on-the-side, meron silang sideline na magbenta ng shabu na very rampant naman dito Pilipinas ngayon. Nagkaroon ng parang turuan at nahuli sila. Nagkaroon dito ng isang sitwasyon na kailangan nilang lumaya at bayaran ang kanilang kalayaan. At ang mga anak nila ang gumawa ng paraan para makalaya sila.”

Based on a true-to-life story po ba ang istorya ng Ma’Rosa?

Direk Brillante: “Oo, lahat naman ng mga ginagawa kong istorya ay base sa totoong kwento ng mga Filipino. Hindi lang naman ito, maging yung mga nauna kong films. Kasi sila ang reference ko, dun umiikot yung kwento ko, tungkol sa mga ordinaryong Pilipino na may ganitong klaseng buhay.”

Ano ang role ni Andi Eigenmann sa Ma’Rosa?

Direk Brillante: “Isa siya sa anak ni Jaclyn Jose at Julio Diaz dito sa Ma’ Rosa.”

How would you describe ang portrayal nilang dalawa bilang mag-ina sa pelikulang ito?

Direk Brillante: “Napakagaling nila! Napaka-natural na parang hindi sila umaarte at walang tension. Maganda yung collaboration nilang dalawa as actors. Hindi mo maiisip na mag-ina sila in real life.”

Bakit po Palit-Ulo ang title niya dati at napalitan ng Ma’ Rosa?

Direk Brillante: Palit-Ulo siya, kasi yun talaga yung sitwasyon. Nagtuturo ka, palit-ulo para makalaya ka. Kaya lang, since my films kasi have distributors abroad, pag na translate mo yung Palit-Ulo, it means ‘Trade-Off,’ masyado nang give-away yung kwento. Yung Ma’ Rosa ay isang pangalan. Kapag pangalan kasi ang title ng film sa Europe, mas gusto nila yun, kasi may mystery palagi. So pinalitan namin, para mas maging mysterious yung film.”

Hindi po ba kayo nahirapang i-shoot sina Andi at Jaclyn? Wala po bang clash na namagitan sa dalawa during the shoot?

Direk Brillante: “Wala naman! Maganda nga kasi natutuwa ako na first time nilang gumawa ng pelikulang magkasama, at sa pelikula ko pa ito. Kasi Jaclyn is a long time friend, si Andi naman, maliit palang yan ay kasa-kasama na ni Jaclyn pag pumupunta ako sa bahay nila.”

Ano ang gustong ipakita ng film ninyong Ma’ Rosa about drug pushing?

Direk Brillante: “Actually dito sa Pinas is very rampant ang drug addiction at nangyayari siya sa totoong buhay. I think, this is a wake-up call for our countrymen, for the people also na nasa gobyerno. Para maintindihan din natin na may nangyayaring ganito sa lipunan. Na hindi ito dapat tino-tolerate at hindi rin ito dapat gawing way of life. Dito sa pelikula ay pinakita ko na dapat ay maalaala natin na eto ay nangyayari at totoong nangyayari sa buhay natin at dapat ay may gawin tayong solusyon tungkol dito.”

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Ma’Rosa cast and crew attends Europe Day

Ma’Rosa cast and crew attends Europe Day

The cast of Ma’Rosa, the official entry of Director Brillante Mendoza to the 69th Cannes Film Festival, attended Europe Day on May 5, thursday night, it is originally celebrated at the 9th of may, but due to the upcoming elections it was moved.

On its 25th anniversary the delegation of the European Union at Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center Makati, Philippines, gave the acclaimed director recognition by Ambassador Franz Jenssen. Awarded for being one of the representatives of the Philippines at the Cannes Film Festival and for strengthening the ties of EU and the country.


(Head of delegations, Ambassador Franz Jenssen with renowned director Brillante Mendoza – Photo by Carlo Camilo Valenzona)

“This is the first time that I had a collaboration with EU and I’m very glad that they got in touch with me to be a partner with them, so that they could also promote my film. They have a lot of plans about my film, they have a lot of plans about artistic collaboration. There is no concrete details yet about the plan, but I’m really looking forward to it”, said Mendoza. (EagleNewsPH)

He is also part of the launch of the an application called “e for u” that night, a comprehensive information hub about the EU for android and apple users.

“Serbis” was the first film Brillante entered at Cannes, last 2008, which was nominated for the coveted Palme d’Or (Golden Palm), this will be his 4th film since then.

Along with the cast and crew, they will be attending the Cannes Film Festival that will be held at France, on May 11 to 22.

Filipino Filmmaker competes for the main entry at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

Filipino Filmmaker competes for the main entry at the 69th Cannes Film Festival


(Photos courtesy of Festival de Cannes Page Officielle and Filippinsk Film Festival official page)

Award-winning film director, Brillante Mendoza releases a new film that will be showcase at the 69th Cannes Film Festival held at France. Entitled “Ma’Rosa”, it tells a story about a married couple that owns a sari-sari store in Manila, that they use as a cover-up in selling an illegal drug called Methamphetamines. One night their neighbor begs Rosa to sell him a small pack of the drug, without knowing that it was a buy-bust operation that would lead to Rosa and Nestor’s warrantless arrest by the police.

One of his accomplishments at the Cannes Film Festival was winning Best Director for his film “Kinatay” last 2009.

Starring Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Felix Roco, Jomari Angeles and Andi Eigenmann. “Ma’ Rosa” is a CenterStage Productions as produced by Larry Castillo.


Young Filipino filmmaker enters the short film category

Young Filipino filmmaker enters the short film category

Director Raymund Ribay Gutierrez will be competing at the upcoming 69th Cannes Film Festival with his first serious film, “Imago.” It tells the story of a 54-year-old single parent named Inday (Ruby Ruiz), who works at midnight as a funeral agent, and has a child who has autism named Inna (Inna Tuason).


(Raymund Gutierrez, left with Brillante Mendoza, right – Photo courtesy of The Web Magazine Blogspot)

This 15-minute film was also written by this 23-year-old, protégé of acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza. He enrolled at Mendoza’s film workshop two years ago, wherein he won best director for his short film entitled “Anggulo.”

He is a graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology with the degree in B.S Multi-Media Arts & Sciences.

Brillante Mendoza to compete at Cannes 2016

Brillante Mendoza to compete at Cannes 2016

MANILA – Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza is set to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival once again after his movie “Ma’ Rosa” made it to the main competition line-up, it was announced Thursday.

Mendoza’s latest opus will compete with 38 other films from different countries, including “The Unknown Girl” from previous Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and “The Last Face,” directed by Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn

Not much is known about “Ma’ Rosa.” A trailer has yet to be released and Mendoza has yet to update his website with a synopsis for the film.

Last year, Mendoza was in Cannes with his Un Certain Regard entry, “Taklub,” a film about the survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” starring Nora Aunor. He was previously in competition with his 2009 film “Kinatay” and his 2008 effort “Serbis.”

Meanwhile, Pinoy filmmaker Raymund Gutierrez, a student of Mendoza, will be representing the country in the Short Film Competition. His film, “Imago,” is the lone entry from Asia to make the shortlist.

Below is the complete lineup for this year’s Cannes Film Festival:

“Toni Erdman,” directed by Maren Ade
“Julieta,” directed by Pedro Almodovar
“Personal Shopper,” directed by Olivier Assayas
“American Honey,” directed by Andrea Arnold
“The Unknown Girl,” directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
“It’s Only the End of the World,” directed by Xavier Dolan
“Slack Bay,” directed by Bruno Dumont
“Paterson,” directed by Jim Jarmusch
“Rester Vertical,” directed by Alain Guiraudie
“Aquarius,” directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho
“From the Land of the Moon,” directed by Nicole Garcia
“I, Daniel Blake,” directed by Ken Loach
“Ma’Rosa,” directed by Brillante Mendoza
“Bacalaureat,” directed by Cristian Mungiu
“Loving,” directed by Jeff Nichols
“Agassi,” directed by Park Chan-Wook
“The Last Face,” directed by Sean Penn
“Sieranevada,” directed by Cristi Puiu
“Elle,” directed by Paul Verhoeven
“The Neon Demon,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Un Certain Regard
“Varoonegi,” directed by Behnam Behzadi
“Apprentice,” directed by Boo Junking
“Voir du Pays,” directed by Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin
“La Danseuse,” directed by Stephanie di Giusto
“Clash,” directed by Mohamed Diab
“La Tortue Rouge,” directed by Michael Dubok de Wit
“Fuchi Bi Tatsu,” directed by Fukada Koji
“Omar Shakhsiya,” directed by Maha Haj
“Me’Ever Laharim Vehagvaot,” directed by Eran Kolirin
“After The Storm,” directed by Kore-Eda Hirokazu
“Hymyileva Mies,” directed by Juho Kuosmanen
“La Large Noche de Francisco Sanctis,” directed by Francisco Marquez and Andrea Testa
“Caini,” directed by Bogdan Mirica
“Pericle Il Nero,” directed by Stefano Mordini
“Captain Fantastic,” directed by Matt Ross
“The Transfiguration,” directed by Michael O’Shea
“Uchenik,” directed by Kirill Serebrennikov

Out of Competition
“The BFG,” directed by Steven Spielberg
“Goksung,” directed by Na Hong-Jin
“Money Monster,” directed by Jodie Foster
“The Nice Guys,” directed by Shane Black

Special Screenings
‘L’ultima Spiaggia,” directed by Thanos Anastopoulous and Davide del Degan
“A Chad Tragedy,” directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
“The Death of Louis XIV,” directed by Albert Serra
“Le Cancre,” directed by Paul Vecchiali

Midnight Screenings
“Gimme Danger,” directed by Jim Jarmusch
“The Train to Busan,” directed by Yeon Sang-Ho

Short Film Competition

“La Laine sur Le Dos,” directed by Lotfi Achour
“Dreamlands,” directed by Sara Dunlop
“Timecode,” directed by Juanjo Gimenez
“Imago,” directed by Raymund Gutierrez
“Madre,” directed by Simon Mesa Soto
“The Girl Who Danced with the Devil,” directed by Joao Paolo Miranda Maria
“Apres Suzanne,” directed by Felix Moati
“The End of the World,” directed by Catalin Rotaru and Gabi Virginia Sarga
“The Silence,” directed by Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari
Fight on a Swedish Beach, directed by Simon Vahlne