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Patron of La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français

Patron of La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français

Brillante Mendoza is the 2017 patron of La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français (formerly known as the Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde). This choice shows the Institut français’s commitment to cultural diversity and dialogue, which are central to its activities.

Brillante Mendoza, who follows in the footsteps of Jia Zhang-Ke, is one of Asia’s most renowned contemporary filmmakers, and has won awards at the Festival de Cannes. He will support the directors and producers taking part in La Fabrique Cinéma at Cannes by helping them to develop and finalize their first and second feature film projects.

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First Run Features picks ‘Ma’ Rosa’

First Run Features picks ‘Ma’ Rosa’

First Run Features (FRF) announces that it has acquired U.S. rights from Paris based Films Distribution for Brillante Mendoza’s critically acclaimed drama, “Ma’ Rosa.”

First Run Features is a theatrical and home video distributor that has released independent, documentary and foreign films in the United States since 1979.

The official Oscar entry from the Philippines, “Ma’ Rosa” tells the story of a poor family in Manila that sells drugs on the side to make ends meet, amidst the backdrop of police corruption.

FRF is planning a Spring 2017 release.

The deal was negotiated by Mauceri and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, partner and co-founder of Films Distribution.

FRF previously released Mendoza’s 2012 film “Captive,” based on the real-life kidnapping of 20 tourists from a luxury resort in the Philippines in 2001. The film starred Isabelle Huppert as one of the hostages.

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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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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.

MAROSA poster

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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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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