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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 Indiewire.com 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.

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(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.

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(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.”

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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)

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(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.

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(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.”

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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.

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

Bago nagtungo ng France ay nakausap ng PEP.ph (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.”

(Article courtesy of www.pep.ph)
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Sinag Maynila film SWAP, directed by Remton Zuasola will have a special screening at SM Seaside City Cebu Cinema 2 on March 17 during the Brillante Mendoza Film Appreciation Workshop.

Sinag Maynila film SWAP, directed by Remton Zuasola will have a special screening at SM Seaside City Cebu Cinema 2 on March 17 during the Brillante Mendoza Film Appreciation Workshop.

 
SM Seaside City to host Brillante Mendoza Film Appreciation Workshop

Brillante Mendoza
Brillante Mendoza

MALLGOERS will have the rare opportunity to view internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza’s award winning film and to meet the filmmaker up close during the Brillante Mendoza Film Appreciation Workshop at SM Seaside City Cebu cinema on March 17.

The festival will showcase the newest film of Director Mendoza—“Taklub”—through a film appreciation workshop which will give an in-depth view of the making of a masterpiece from Director Mendoza’s point of view. Topbilled by Nora Aunor, “Taklub” is a story of three major characters—Bebeth, Larry and Erwin, whose lives intertwine after the super typhoon Haiyan ravaged the city of Tacloban, leaving survivors to search for their dead, while keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be.

Moreover, Mendoza is also a Festival Director of Sinag Maynila which he co-founded with Solar Entertainment Corporation CEO and President Wilson Tieng

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A ‘brilliant’ night to Mendoza in Cartagena

A ‘brilliant’ night to Mendoza in Cartagena

Teatro Adolfo Mejia in the delivery of the India Catalina award Filipino director under the international film festival was made.

With more than 20 years service to the film, Brillante Mendoza received Saturday night a India Catalina Award for his career. The award was granted at the Adolfo Mejia Theater and was the last statuette conferred on the 56th of FICCI.

The filmmaker is famous for changing its name Dante Mendoza and take the word that gave several media and critics of films, ‘Brilliant’, just over ten years ago. It is, in the words of Diana Bustamante, artistic director of FICCI, “a narrator of the Philippine reality that has moved into the real and the urban with the particularity of not judging their belts,” adding, before granting the award, that “the same humanity and dynamism is part of his personality.” His films were part of the retrospective of the festival this year.

Bright took the stage and addressed the crowd: “It’s been fascinating over ten years making movies. But it was just in 2005, Masseur, which was widely accepted by the public. I just do not regret having made the decision to dedicate myself only to this. “ He added feel very comfortable in Cartagena, “this welcome and this reception is unexpected for me, right here across the world, so I feel very grateful and touched. I hope to bring some of my country with my films, “said the filmmaker. Then he received the golden statue that pays tribute to his career, from the hands of artistic director of the Festival, and was screened his film Servis, or Service, in Spanish.

Curiosities
The event, which was scheduled to start at 9:30 pm, started about ten p.m. because the director, according to the announcement to the public, was behind several carriages way to the theater, which delayed his arrival at the tribute.

Despite being a man of 50 years, Mendoza, with his youthful attire, looks younger. Black pants, a diver of the same color and a white shirt with black tennis was relaxed chose the Philippine costumes for the occasion.

About Mendoza and his work
The director of 55 years is one of the most important Filipino filmmakers today. It has been awarded at major film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Locarno and Venice. It is production designer for film, theater, and art director in advertising. In his directing career projections as Masseur included, which he allowed him to be released in the audiovisual spectrum.

Vices are part of the topics addressed in this work, filmed with homemade cameras, which tells the story of two families living in a sex cinema where its internal problems are evident. A child who questioned his sexuality, unexpected pregnancies, the difficult economic situation of residents and to the internal conflict of the theater owner seeking legal separation are some of its themes.

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Source: http://www.elheraldo.co/tendencias/una-noche-brillante-para-mendoza-en-cartagena-247234

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International Film Festival of Cartagena pays tribute to Brillante Mendoza

International Film Festival of Cartagena pays tribute to Brillante Mendoza

The International Film Festival of Cartagena (FICCI) pays tribute to the work of Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza. FICCI 56 brings audiences an exclusive selection of nine of Mendoza’s feature films, none of which has been screened before at movie theaters in Colombia. Mendoza also gives a Master Class at FICCI.

Congratulations Direk Brillante on your latest accolade!

 

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Bambanti bagged 5 Star Awards at this year’s PMPC!

Bambanti bagged 5 Star Awards at this year’s PMPC!

Congratulations on winning the following:
1. Indie Movie of the Year: Bambanti (Sinag Maynila and Centerstage Productions)
2. Indie Movie Director of the Year: Zig Dulay (Bambanti)
3. Movie Child Performer of the Year: Micko Laurente (Bambanti)
4. Indie Movie Production Designer of the Year: Aped Santos (Bambanti)
5. Indie Movie Original Theme Song of the Year: “Tulog Na” – lyrics by Zig Dulay, composed by Gian Gianan, interpreted by Alessandra de Rossi, from the movie Bambanti

 

Read more at http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/123915-pmpc-star-awards-movies-2016-full-list-winners

Sinag Maynila 2016 will run from April 21-26, 2016 at select SM Cinemas.

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Taklub got the Audience Award in Asiatica Film Mediale

Taklub got the Audience Award in Asiatica Film Mediale

“Taklub” won the Audience Award at the 16th Asiatica Film Mediale, held in Rome, Italy, on Nov. 28.

The festival envisions to spark “discussion and cultural exchange between Italy and the Asian continent.”

This May 19, “Taklub” won the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention – Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival

Taklub,  was also voted by the audience as Best Feature Film at the Beirut Film Festival held on October 7-15, 2015.

Brillante Mendoza is in Singapore as the head of Jury while next stops for “Taklub,” are the Dubai and Palm Springs film fest.

The film Taklub is dedicated to the people of Tacloban and other survivors of supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan).

The movie is produced by the DENR in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Operations Office-Philippine Information Agency (PCOO-PIA).

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“Taklub” has won the Audience Award at the 16th edition of the Asiatica Festival.

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