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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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Brillante Mendoza, SGIFF head of Jury

Brillante Mendoza, SGIFF head of Jury

Brillante Mendoza will be heading the jury of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), which will be held on November 26 – December 6, 2015 at the Marina Bay Sands.

While TAKLUB will be screened on December 1 at 9.30pm, followed by Q&A afterwards. He will also give a Masterclass to share his experience with the young filmmakers from Southeast Asia.

The achievements he has made in his career and the insight into his journey as a filmmaker will be an inspiration to all.

 

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Taklub, Beirut Film Festival Best Feature Film

Taklub, Beirut Film Festival Best Feature Film

Taklub, by Brillante Mendoza is voted by the audience as Best Feature Film at the Beirut Film Festival.

The Beirut International Film Festival 15th Edition was held on October 7-15, 2015.

Beirut International Film Festival is Lebanon’s oldest and most prestigious film festival. The annual competition includes categories for feature films, short films and documentaries. Recent years have seen smaller and more intimate editions of the festival due to the uncertain political climate in the country.

Taklub is a story of three major characters – Bebeth, Larry and Erwin, whose lives intertwine after the Supertyphoon Haiyan caused the city of Tacloban to its horrendous state – leaving the breathing figures in search of their dead ones, of keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be.

The Beirut Film Festival Jury consist of:

Co-President: Jonathan Nossiter
Co-President: Santiago Amigorena
Member: Alexandra Zawia
Member: Doria-Svetlana Achour
Member: Michael Greenberg

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Brillante Mendoza in St. Petersburg, Russia [PHOTOS]

Brillante Mendoza in St. Petersburg, Russia [PHOTOS]

Interview with international press

Brillante Mendoza, together with Vladimir Posner serves as chairman for the critics jury at ‪Message To Man‬ International Film Festival, an international competitive documentary, short and animated film festival held annually in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Message to Man is the only international documentary, short, animated and experimental film festival in Russia officially registered by FIAPF. It has more than 20 years’ history and it has always been a very significant event in the Russian cinema culture.

Every year the Festival presents over 30 Russian premieres. More than 200 films from around the world are screened in the competition and special programs. On average the festival receives about 3000 films for selection each year.
This year is the anniversary of the festival – Message to Man which was founded 25 years ago and for all this time this festival was showing the viewers only the best documentary, short, animated and experimental films.
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