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MA’ ROSA in London and Busan

MA’ ROSA in London and Busan

“Ma’ Rosa” is currently showing at the 60th BFI (British Film Institute) London Film Festival in the United Kingdom, from Oct. 5 to 16. It is the only Filipino entry in the lineup included in the “Debate” section.

Ma’ Rosa, which won Jaclyn Jose the Best Actress award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was recently chosen as the Philippines’ official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category in the upcoming 2017 Oscars.

There are nine Filipino delegates to the 21st Busan International Film Festival (IFF)

*Read 9 PH films in Busan

Filipino films to be shown in A Window on Asian Cinema are: Brillante  Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa,” Ato Bautista’s “Expressway” and Anton Juan’s “Woven Wings of Our Children.”

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9 PH films being considered for Oscars

9 PH films being considered for Oscars

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Several Pinoy films have already been shortlisted from which one will be submitted to represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Academy Awards happening on Feb. 26, 2017.

These are: Gil Portes’ “Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli,” Jun Lana’s “Anino sa Likod ng Buwan,” Erik Matti’s “Honor Thy Father,” Paul Soriano’s “Dukot,” Eduardo Roy, Jr.’s “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” Joel Lamangan’s “Felix Manalo,” Lav Diaz’s “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis,” Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” and Roderick Cabrido’s “Tuos.”
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/9-ph-films-being-considered-for-oscars/

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Award-winning director covers DU30’S SONA

Award-winning director covers DU30’S SONA

The State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte tackled numerous topics, starting with previous governments faults to unilateral ceasefire and human rights, even global warming.

But the highlight of the president’s SONA was none other than crimes, most specifically drugs, the pushers and users. And how the drug lords aren’t here in the country but outside the Philippines. He talked about programs that would help stop the use of drugs, stating that, “The reservists will be mobilized for information campaign against drug use and the dissemination of information regarding drug rehabilitation programs being offered by the government.”

From the moment he started campaigning to the present time, drug related stories have been all over the news. With that being said, acclaimed director, fresh from Cannes 2016 film festival, Brillante Mendoza stepped up and offered to cover the presidents SONA for free.

(Photo Courtesy of Carlo Valenzona)

His film Ma’Rosa, that bagged Jaclyn Jose her Best Actress award, can be related to what DU30 aims to resolve as one of this countries problem.

This years SONA is unlike any other, as the director said in his previous interviews that he wishes to show the real Duterte. Showing off some camera angles that caught a lot of the viewers attention, when asked about his chosen angles, Mendoza said, “It shows power, and we want to show power, we want to show a powerful president, di ba? Yun ang kanyang mensahe. That he’s in control and that he knows what he’s talking [about]. So pag ganun yung shot it means power. Maaaring hindi pa yun nakikita pero psychologically yun yung mararamdaman ng tao.”

(With his two assistants, Line Producer, Carlo Valenzona and Protege, Raymund Gutierrez)
(With his two assistants, Line Producer, Carlo Valenzona and Protege, Raymund Gutierrez)
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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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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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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 www.mymovieworld.com)

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

Photo courtesy of www.mymovieworld.com)

“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 www.mymovieworld.com)

“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

(Source: www.gmanetwork.com)

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