Month: June 2016

Ma’ Rosa Invitational Screening at Director’s Club, SM Megamall

Ma’ Rosa Invitational Screening at Director’s Club, SM Megamall

An invitational screening of internationally-acclaimed Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’Rosa happened last night, June 28 at SM Megamall Director’s Club. The event was graced by the presence of the cast and crew, distinguished guests from the media and the director himself, Mr. Brillante Mendoza.

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(Ma’ Rosa Photo Exhibit at SM Megamall)

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(Director Brillante Mendoza being interviewed by the media)

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(Invited guests and press people at the lobby)

The evening started with cocktails at the Director’s Club lobby upon the arrival of guests and friends from the media. Among the press people who were present at the event were:

IMG_0934(Mr. Bienvenido Lumbera & Director Brillante Mendoza)

IMG_0967  (PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar with Director Brillante Mendoza)

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(From left to right: Ricky Lo, Ces Drilon & Director Brillante Mendoza)

After which, guests were asked to enter the cinema to formally start the screening. Mr. Brillante, together with Mr. Julio Diaz, Mr. Baron Geisler and Mr. Aaron Rivera were invited up front for a photo op.

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(From left to right: Julio Diaz, Aaron Rivera, Director Brillante Mendoza, Baron Geisler)

Imago, an official entry to the 69th Cannes Film festival – short film category directed by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez was up first, in an effort to showcase the homegrown talent of Brillante’s student, followed by the critically-acclaimed Ma’ Rosa.

The guests were astounded by the versatility of the film that led to numberous round of applauses towards the end, giving their nod of satisfaction and congratulatory handshakes to Mr. Brillante Mendoza for his marvelous direction of the said film.

Catch Ma’ Rosa in theaters nationwide on July 6.

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Ma ‘Rosa Exhibit opens at SM Lanang Premier

Ma ‘Rosa Exhibit opens at SM Lanang Premier

Following its premiere, the highly-anticipated indie film, Ma ‘Rosa, launched its photo exhibit at SM Lanang Premier last June 22.

The exhibit opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony headed by Director Brillante Mendoza, Jaclyn Jose and Andi Eigenmann together with Councilor Mabel Acosta, Ms. Millie Dizon of SM Supermalls and Mr. Junjie Crisante of SM Lanang Premier.

Showcased in the photo exhibit are the casts’ experiences in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival as well as the stills from the movie.

The photo exhibit will last until the 2nd week of July.

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(Ma ‘Rosa photo exhibit ribbon-cutting ceremony at SM Lanang)

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(Cast and characters of Ma’ Rosa displayed in the exhibit)

Ma’ Rosa in Davao

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(Ma ‘Rosa stills displayed in the exhibit)

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(Ms. Jaclyn Jose, Direk Brillante Mendoza & Ms. Andi Eigenmann standees at SM Lanang)

Ma ‘Rosa will be showing in cinemas nationwide on July 6.

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Ma ‘Rosa Premieres in Davao

Ma ‘Rosa Premieres in Davao

Ma ‘Rosa director Brillante Mendoza was joined by Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awardee, Jaclyn Jose and her daughter Andi Eigenmann, who also took the role of Jose’s daughter in the film, for the premiere in Davao. According to the award-winning director, the place and time of the premiere are very timely since the newly elected Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, is from the city. Since the film is about dealing and the use of illegal drugs and corruption, Mendoza feels that the right place to primarily promote the film is in Davao in the hopes of eradicating the said crimes.

The auteur director is known for filming movies that are based on a “found” or true story. He said that it is a very Filipino thing to be filial and to defy the laws for the sake of family members. It is disturbing as much as it is astonishing.

The movie actually lets the audience see, hear and feel the experience of people who are desperate to feed their family that is why they succumb to the Filipino saying “kapit sa patalim“, which basically means doing something unethical or illegal in virtue of an end that benefits the person who does the act.

Mendoza’s way of directing strips the actor off of everything he has learned to act more natural and vulnerable to all situations. The director is the only person to know when these situations are going to happen. This is how Brillante Mendoza captures the rawness of the characters’ emotions and dialogue. As he does not care much for particular dialogues, he does not give any copy of the script to the actors and just deliberately explain to them what is going to happen in every scene.

The film was well received in Davao as the Davaoeños have the strongest gut to lessen, if not remove, the bad elements in the society. The director feels blessed to have the government as a pillar of support on their advocacy to promote and support independent films. Ma ‘Rosa will be screening in cinemas nationwide on July 6.DavaoPremiere

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What To Expect of Ma ‘Rosa

What To Expect of Ma ‘Rosa

Brillante Mendoza has once again made the Filipinos proud when his latest film got selected in Cannes Film Festival 2016. Despite not getting the grandest awards in the said Film Festival, the film did not disappoint after actress Jaclyn Jose bagged the Best Actress Award. The raw emotions that Brillante Mendoza gets from his actors are the fruits of his unique way of creating a film. His subjects touching the most controversial but truthful conditions of the Philippines let the spectators see the beauty in the ugly truth of politics and society in the country.

Ma ‘Rosa depicts the life of a mother who owns a sari-sari store in the slums of Mandaluyong. Her store is a front to cover her drug-dealing business with her husband to support their four children. The elements seen in the film are just symptoms of poverty. With its premiere in Davao on June 21, we are hoping that newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte pays close attention. As what the director usually says, he films what he sees. His films just shows how badly we need someone with courage, strength and, initiative to eradicate crimes such as corruption and finally, if not end, but at least lessen the poverty rate.

Brillante Mendoza continues to amaze us with these “found stories” that are too factual to a fault. His films would make us think, “Is it really more fun in the Philippines?” It is true that to see is to believe and films like Ma ‘Rosa should serve as an eye-opener.

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First acting award of the Philippines from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival

First acting award of the Philippines from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival

Award winning director, Brillante Mendoza gives life to the story “Ma’Rosa” about corrupted police officials who sets up a buy-bust operation on husband (Julio Diaz) and wife (Jaclyn Jose) selling drugs while using their convenience store as a cover up. It’s up to their daughter (Andi Eigenmann) and two sons (Felix Roco and Jomari Angeles) to bail them out.

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The film received a standing ovation at its premiere at the 69th Cannes film festival in France. While Jaclyn Jose bagged the Best actress award, amongst her competitors for the title were Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.

Filipino audiences will get a chance to finally see the acclaimed film on the 6th of July this 2016.

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21st French Film Festival

21st French Film Festival

The French Embassy paid homage to the cast and crew of Ma’Rosa, recreating the red carpet at the 2016 Cannes film Festival. French car Peugeot provided the limousine for the motorcade, alongside the cast and crew is Best actress, Jaclyn Jose.

(Photo courtesy of Maria Isabel Lopez)
(Photo courtesy of Maria Isabel Lopez)
(Photo Courtesy of Maria Isabel Lopez)
(Photo Courtesy of Maria Isabel Lopez)

From June 8 to 14, Greenbelt 3, Bonifacio High Street cinemas and Cinematheque Centre Manila will be showcasing 17 French films that were released between 2013 and 2016.

With over 15,000 recorded viewers from Cebu and Manila last year, these loyal audience of movie enthusiast and casual moviegoers have been multiplying annually. For 21 years, the French film festival have been offering to the Filipinos a different kind of cinema, culture and language to indulge in.

During Independence day, June 12, two local Filipino films will be presented, both have been featured at international film festivals in France. “Imbisibol” by Lawrence Fajardo and “Manang Biring” an animated film by Joseph Papa.

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Tickets are priced at P100 for operational costs of the theaters and may be purchased at the cinema lobby or online through www.sureseats.com.

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(Screening schedule. Photo Courtesy of www.ambafrance-ph.org)

(See more at: www.ambafrance-ph.org)

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Ma’ Rosa in Cinemas on July 6

Ma’ Rosa in Cinemas on July 6

Center Stage Production, spearheaded by Mr. Brillante Mendoza will be screening the much awaited film Ma’ Rosa in cinemas due to insistent public demands.

Fresh from a victorious endeavour at the 69th Cannes film festival, Ma’ Rosa, a film by the award-winning Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, will be shown in Philippine theaters on July 6.

Mendoza has high hopes that Ma’ Rosa will be a big hit in Philippine cinemas especially because of its excellent reviews and reception at the Cannes film festival in Cannes, France.

For the time being, information on which cinemas will be screening the film is yet to be announced but Mendoza, being the co-founder and festival director of Sinag Maynila, added that he has worked closely with SM Cinemas and there is a strong likelihood that it will be screened by the country’s largest cinema chain.

Watch Ma’ Rosa trailer here:

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