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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

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.

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.

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.


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

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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.

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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.

(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.

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.”


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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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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