Brillante Mendoza brings pride to the Philippines once again as his film Ma' Rosa was selected to be part of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
He is the only Filipino filmmaker included in the main competition of Cannes 2016 that will take place in France from May 11 to 22.
Ma' Rosa stars Jaclyn Jose, Andi Eigenmann, Felix Roco, Jomari Angeles, and Julio Diaz who was in the news recently since he urgently needs brain surgery.
This drama film is about a small community convenience store connected to a home in the slums of Manila. The title Ma' Rosa stands for Mother Rosa.
This 2016, Direk Brillante will be competing against renowned Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and Hollywood actor-turned-director Sean Penn.
The 20 entries in the official selection were chosen from 1,869 films submitted worldwide.
This is the fourth feature film of Direk Brillante included in the prestigious film festival.
In 2007, his family drama Foster Child was exhibited at the Directors’ Fortnight, an independent section that aims to showcase alternative programming.
Direk Brillante's first entry that competed for the Palme d'Or was the 2008 film Serbis, which takes place in a movie house screening erotic films.
He was named Cannes Best Director in 2009 for the crime drama film Kinatay.
Just last year, Taklub, his Yolanda movie was an additional entry to the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes.
Starring Nora Aunor, Taklub won the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention in 2015.
Here are the entries that included in the main competition of Cannes 2016:
Aquarius (Kleber Mendonca Filho)
American Honey (Andrea Arnold, U.K.)
Elle (Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands)
From the Land of the Moon (Nicole Garcia, France)
Graduation (Cristian Mungiu, Romania)
The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook, South Korea)
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, U.K.)
It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan, Canada)
Julieta (Pedro Almodovar, Spain)
The Last Face (Sean Penn, U.S.)
Loving (Jeff Nichols, U.S.)
Ma’ Rosa (Brillante Mendoza, Philippines)
The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark)
Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, U.S.)
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas, France)
Sierra-Nevada (Cristi Puiu, Romania)
Slack Bay (Bruno Dumont, France)
Staying Vertical (Alain Guiraudie, France)
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, Germany)
The Unknown Girl (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium)
Meanwhile, another Filipino filmmaker named Raymund Gutierrez will also be part of Cannes 2016.
His short film titled Imago is one of the ten entries for the 2016 Short Film Palme d’or competition of Cannes. It was chosen out of 5,008 entries submitted this year.
Raymund’s short film is the only entry from Asia while the others came from Latin America, Europe, and Africa.
Here are the ten short films competing in Cannes 2016:
La Laine Sur Le Dos, Lotfi Achour, Tunisia, France
Dreamlands, Sara Dunlop, United Kingdom
Timecode, Juanjo Gimenez, Spain
Imago, Raymund Gutierrez, Philippines
Madre (Mother), Simón Mesa Soto, Colombia, Sweden
A MOÇA QUE DANÇOU COM O DIABO (The Girl who Danced with the Devil), João Paulo Miranda Maria, Brazil)
APRÈS SUZANNE Félix Moati, France
4:15 P.M. SFARSITUL LUMII (4:15 P.M. The End of the World) Catalin Rotaru and Gabi Virginia Sarga, Romania
Il Silenzio (The Silence), Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari, Italy
Fight on a Swedish Beach, Simon Vahlne, Sweden
The awarding ceremonies of the 69th Cannes Film Festival will take place on May 22.