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.