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Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Ma’ Rosa’ receives multiple Gawad Urian 2017 nominations

Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Ma’ Rosa’ receives multiple Gawad Urian 2017 nominations

The 2017 Gawad Urian nominees have been announced. Among the films with multiple nominations is “Ma’ Rosa” by Brillante Mendoza.

“Ma’ Rosa” was filmed in Mandaluyong City in 2015. It made its debut at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and was the Philippines’ entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.

One of the major 2017 Gawad Urian nominations received by “Ma’ Rosa” is Best Film. Its fellow nominees in the category are “Ang Babaeng Humayo” by Lav Diaz, “Baboy Halas” by Bagane Fiola, “Paglipay” by Zig Dulay, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” by Eduardo Roy Jr. and “Women of the Weeping River” by Sheron Dayoc.

Mendoza is nominated for Best Director along with Diaz, Fiola, Dulay, Roy and Dayoc. They have three other competitors in the category namely “Saving Sally” director Avid Liongoren, “Ned’s Project” director Lem Lorca and “Pauwi Na” director Paolo Villaluna.

“Ma’ Rosa” actress Jaclyn Jose is nominated for Best Actress along with “Hinulid” actress Nora Aunor, “Ned’s Project” actress Angeli Bayani, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” actress Hasmine Killip, “Ang Babaeng Humayo” actress Charo Santos-Concio, “Pauwi Na” actress Cherry Pie Picache, “Oro” actress Irma Adlawan, “Women of the Weeping River” actress Laila Ulao, “Mrs.” actress Elizabeth Oropesa and “Area” actress Ai-Ai delas Alas. In 2016, Jose won the award for the same category at Cannes Film Festival.

Jose’s “Ma’ Rosa” co-actor Julio Diaz is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. He has six competitors namely Santos-Concio’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo” co-actors John Lloyd Cruz and Noni Buencamino, Aunor’s “Hinulid” co-actor Jess Mendoza, Ulao’s “Weeping of the Weeping River” co-actor Taha Daranda and “Die Beautiful” actor Christian Bables.

Vying for Best Actor are Bables’ “Die Beautiful” co-actor Paolo Ballesteros, Killip’s “Pamilya Ordinaryo” co-actor Ronwaldo Martin and Picache’s “Pauwi Na” co-actor Bembol Roco. Their fellow nominees are “Paglipay” actor Garry Cabalic, “Dagsin” actor Tommy Abuel, “Singing in Graveyards” actor Pepe Smith and “2 Cool 2 B 4gotten” actor Khalil Ramos.

For Best Supporting Actress, Cabalic’s “Paglipay” co-actors Anna Luna and Joan Dela Cruz will compete against Abuel’s “Dagsin” co-actor Janine Gutierrez, Bayani’s “Ned’s Project” co-actor Lui Quiambao Manansala, Oropesa’s  “Mrs.” co-actor Lotlot De Leon and Ulao and Daranda’s “Weeping of the Weeping River” co-actor Sharifa Pearlsia Ali-dans. “Seklusyon” actress Rhed Bustamante and “Tuos” actress Barbie Forteza and are also nominated for the category.

For Best Screenplay, “Ma’ Rosa” writer Troy Espiritu will go against the directors of “Ang Babaeng Umayo,” “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” “Paglipay,” “Women of the Weeping River,” “Pauwi Na” and “Ned’s Project,” who wrote the screenplays of their respective films. Also nominated for the category are “Patay na si Hesus” writer Fatrick Tabada and “Ned’s Project” writer John Paul Bedia while Villaluna shares his nomination with his “Pauwi Na” co-writer Ellen Ramos.

The Natatanging Gawad Urian 2017 will be given to Vilma Santos during the awards ceremony on July 20 at ABS-CBN Studio 10 in Quezon City. Here are the other nominees:

 

Best Cinematography

  • Odyssey Flores for “Ma’ Rosa”
  • Lav Diaz for “Ang Babaeng Humayo”
  • Albert Banzon for “Paglipay”
  • Albert Banzon for “Pamilya Ordinaryo”
  • Rommel Sales for “Women of the Weeping River”
  • Raphael Meting and Mark Limbaga for “Baboy Halas”
  • Mycko David for “Tuos”

 

Best Production Design

  • Dante Mendoza for “Ma’ Rosa”
  • Harley Alcasid for “Women of the Weeping River”
  • Harley Alcasid for “Pamilya Ordinaryo”
  • Ryan Cuatrona and Celine Belino for “Hinulid”
  • John Paul Sapitula for “Ned’s Project”
  • Aped Santos for “Paglipay”
  • Angel Diesta for “Ned’s Project”
  • Joel Geolamen for “Baboy Halas”
  • Erik Manalo and Rommel Laquian for “Saving Sally”

 

Best Editing

  • Diego Marx Dobles for “Ma’ Rosa”
  • Lav Diaz for “Ang Babaeng Humayo”
  • Carlo Francisco Manatad for “Women of the Weeping River”
  • Carlo Francisco Manatad for “Pamilya Ordinaryo”
  • Zig Madamba Dulay for “Paglipay”
  • Ellen Ramo and Paolo Villaluna for “Pauwi Na”
  • Benjamin Gonzales Tolentino for “Die Beautiful”

 

Best Sound

  • Albert Michael Idioma for “Ma’ Rosa”
  • Albert Michael Idioma and Immanuel Verona for “Women of the Weeping Rviver”
  • Albert Michael Idioma and Emmanuel Verona for “Pamilya Ordinaryo”
  • Corinne De San Jose, Mark Locsin and Che Villanueva for “Ang Babaeng Humayo”
  • Mark Laccay for “Hinulid”
  • Andrew Milallos for “Paglipay”
  • Willie Apa, Jr. and Charlie Daclan for “Baboy Halas”

 

Best Music

  • Pike Ramirez, Paolo Villaluna and Veena Ramirez for “Pauwi Na”
  • Gian Gianan for “Paglipay”
  • Kit Mendoza for “Women of the Weeping River”
  • Jema Pamintuan for “Tuos”
  • Pablo Pico for “Saving Sally”

 

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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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MA’ ROSA is a strong contender for OSCARS

MA’ ROSA is a strong contender for OSCARS

AwardsCircuit.com ranked 30 of the 85 films submitted for Oscar consideration and the Philippine rep landed on the ninth spot.

“Ma’ Rosa” was included in the category Other Top-Tier Contenders, along with Mexico’s “Desierto,” Poland’s “The Lure,” Israel’s “Sand Storm” and Saudi Arabia’s “Barakah Meets Barakah.”

Read more: Oscars 2017

85 countries have submitted films for consideration in theForeign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards®.  Yemen is a first-time entrant.

Ma’ Rosa, by Brillante Mendoza is Philippines’ entry.

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MA’ ROSA in London and Busan

MA’ ROSA in London and Busan

“Ma’ Rosa” is currently showing at the 60th BFI (British Film Institute) London Film Festival in the United Kingdom, from Oct. 5 to 16. It is the only Filipino entry in the lineup included in the “Debate” section.

Ma’ Rosa, which won Jaclyn Jose the Best Actress award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was recently chosen as the Philippines’ official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category in the upcoming 2017 Oscars.

There are nine Filipino delegates to the 21st Busan International Film Festival (IFF)

*Read 9 PH films in Busan

Filipino films to be shown in A Window on Asian Cinema are: Brillante  Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa,” Ato Bautista’s “Expressway” and Anton Juan’s “Woven Wings of Our Children.”

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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.

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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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Ma’ Rosa in Cinemas on July 6

Ma’ Rosa in Cinemas on July 6

Center Stage Production, spearheaded by Mr. Brillante Mendoza will be screening the much awaited film Ma’ Rosa in cinemas due to insistent public demands.

Fresh from a victorious endeavour at the 69th Cannes film festival, Ma’ Rosa, a film by the award-winning Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, will be shown in Philippine theaters on July 6.

Mendoza has high hopes that Ma’ Rosa will be a big hit in Philippine cinemas especially because of its excellent reviews and reception at the Cannes film festival in Cannes, France.

For the time being, information on which cinemas will be screening the film is yet to be announced but Mendoza, being the co-founder and festival director of Sinag Maynila, added that he has worked closely with SM Cinemas and there is a strong likelihood that it will be screened by the country’s largest cinema chain.

Watch Ma’ Rosa trailer here:

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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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Brillante Mendoza spotlights Filipino family’s poverty in Cannes film ‘Ma Rosa’

Brillante Mendoza spotlights Filipino family’s poverty in Cannes film ‘Ma Rosa’

CANNES — Against the glamorous backdrop of the French Mediterranean resort of Cannes, prolific Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s latest offering at the world’s biggest film festival is an exploration into the difficult living conditions of a poor family in Manila.

“Ma’ Rosa,” which premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of Rosa Reyes (Jaclyn Jose), a woman who owns a sari-sari store in a poor neighborhood in Manila, making ends meet with her husband Nestor (Julio Diaz) by selling drugs.

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(Julio Diaz plays jaclyn Jose’s husband who got arrested by the corrupt police. Photo courtesy of www.mymovieworld.com)

Both are detained at a police station after their home is raided, leaving their three children to find the money needed to pay off corrupt police officers in order to free their parents.

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 (Feliz Roco, Andi Eigenmann and Jomari Angeles

Photo courtesy of www.mymovieworld.com)

“This situation is really happening back in the Philippines and it’s quite alarming because it comes to a way of life,” Mendoza told Reuters on Thursday.

“The small-time drug selling and all that is happening and it’s quite alarming and something needs to be done. That’s why I decided to make a story out of this situation.”

Mendoza believes the story has wider appeal as the Philippines is not the only country plagued by corruption.

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(Mark Anthony Fernandez as a police officer. Photo courtesy of www.mymovieworld.com)

“It’s a painful truth,” the filmmaker said. “There is a lot of bigger corruption that is happening all over the world maybe on a different scale.”

“Ma’ Rosa” is among 21 films competing for the festival’s coveted top Palme d’Or prize, which will be awarded on Sunday.

Mendoza, 55, who previously won the best director award at Cannes in 2009 for “Kinatay,” said that showcasing a film in the festival’s main film competition would help get the world to think about the topics of the film.

“This is where the whole world, you know, watch films from different walks of life and from different parts of the world,” he said. — Reuters

(Source: www.gmanetwork.com)

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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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