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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)
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.

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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Young Filipino filmmaker enters the short film category

Young Filipino filmmaker enters the short film category

Director Raymund Ribay Gutierrez will be competing at the upcoming 69th Cannes Film Festival with his first serious film, “Imago.” It tells the story of a 54-year-old single parent named Inday (Ruby Ruiz), who works at midnight as a funeral agent, and has a child who has autism named Inna (Inna Tuason).


(Raymund Gutierrez, left with Brillante Mendoza, right – Photo courtesy of The Web Magazine Blogspot)

This 15-minute film was also written by this 23-year-old, protégé of acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza. He enrolled at Mendoza’s film workshop two years ago, wherein he won best director for his short film entitled “Anggulo.”

He is a graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology with the degree in B.S Multi-Media Arts & Sciences.