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Contemporary Philippine Cinema

Contemporary Philippine Cinema

MoMA presents a survey of Philippine film from around 2000 to the present, a period known as the Third Golden Age of Philippine cinema (following the first golden age, in the 1950s, and the second, from the 1970s to the early 1980s).

The Philippines’ current wave of sustained creativity is unusual in its diversity of genre and style, audacious formal experimentation, and multiplicity of personal, social, and political perspectives. Defying simple description, this dizzying array of distinct cinematic statements makes it an exceptionally unique, vibrant movement.

From Lav Diaz’s minimalist tales rendered at epic lengths or Brillante Mendoza’s gritty realist portrayals of the margins of society, to Raya Martin’s experimentation with storytelling and form, Ditsi Carolino’s stark documentaries following the disenfranchised, and Erik Matti’s riveting thrillers, contemporary Filipino filmmakers push cinematic boundaries and consider subjects as varied as colonial legacy, a decade of martial law, drugs, crime, corruption, fertility, and migrant workers. The exhibition includes 18 films by 13 directors.

Read A New Golden Age: Contemporary Philippine Cinema

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Brillante Mendoza, Best Director at 2017 Malaysia Global Awards

Brillante Mendoza, Best Director at 2017 Malaysia Global Awards

World-renowned filmmaker Brillante Mendoza bags another achievement for his 2016 film Ma’Rosa at the 2017 Malaysia Global Awards.

The film is about Rosa (Jaclyn Jose),  a mother who runs a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of drugs on the side. It  also earned Mendoza the same award at the 54th Gijón International Film Festival last year. “Ma’ Rosa” was also selected to compete for the Palme d’Or trophy at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, with Jose eventually clinching the Best Actress award there.

Aside from Mendoza, Philippine-Malaysian film “Singing In Graveyards” also bagged the Best Film award at the Malaysian Global Awards.

See full list of winners here

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Ma’ Rosa deals U.S. Distributor

Ma’ Rosa deals U.S. Distributor

Ma’ Rosa,” the country’s entry in the best foreign language film category of the Academy Awards, has found a distributor in the United States, filmmaker Brillante Ma Mendoza told the Inquirer.

First Run Features has acquired the US rights to the Filipino movie, which won best actress for Jaclyn Jose at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

“I’m glad that First Run is interested in our film,” Mendoza said. “The company has a good reputation as far as distributing art-house films is concerned.”

Source: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/206285/philippines-oscar-bet-ma-rosa-lands-us-distributor#ixzz4Pgwh91cj

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FDCP to push for Oscar nomination of ‘Ma’ Rosa’

FDCP to push for Oscar nomination of ‘Ma’ Rosa’

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) would help get the Brillante Ma Mendoza movie, “Ma’ Rosa,” nominated in the best foreign language film category of the 2017 US Academy Awards.

“Since the current thrust of the FDCP is to help in the marketing and distribution of local films, we have promised to help ‘Ma’ Rosa’ in its promotional campaign. I told Direk Brillante that the council would look into the proposal that his team presented,” said FDCP chair Liza Diño.

Diño also appealed to industry people and the private sector for help during the FDCP-organized “A Celebration of Philippine Cinema” on Tuesday night at the Cinematheque Center in Ermita, Manila.
Source: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/204545/film-council-to-push-for-oscar-nomination-of-ma-rosa#ixzz4PONhJRBc

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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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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.

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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