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.