After Jaclyn Jose's Best Actress win at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, Filipinos will now be able to watch her performance in Brillante Mendoza's latest movie titled Ma' Rosa.
The drama film will be screened in Philippine cinemas starting July 6, 2016.
The award-winning Filipino director expressed his excitement knowing that his fellow countrymen can already watch his latest project.
The 2009 Cannes Film Festival Best Director explained, "Kasi sayang naman yung buzz about the film right after winning in Cannes.
"At saka yung ano kasi, actually, ngayon din ang announcement sa Metro Manila Film Fest pero hindi kasi namin alam, hindi namin sigurado kung ano yung magiging guidelines so mabuti nang maaga siyang ipapalabas."
Ma'Rosa already had an advanced screening last week in Davao City. This is Brillante's way for expressing his gratitude for their unwavering support for his projects.
He told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press corps during the June 28 screening at SM Megamall, "Ang Davao kasi, ever since naman even before, marami na kasi akong naging project doon. Even Thy Womb, after winning at the Asia Pacific Film Awards, doon ko siya pinalabas, e.
"Kasi very supportive din sila sa akin at saka gusto ko lang din i-highlight ang Mindanao. I had projects before in Mindanao maliban dun sa Thy Womb. Doon din ang Captive, and then this one."
Brillante admits to feeling apprehensive about the reception of Pinoy moviegoers, especially since his film received mixed reviews from international critics.
Brillante said, "Siyempre, as usual, pag pinapalabas ang pelikula ko, medyo kinakabahan ako. Kasi hindi ko alam kung they will have the same reception, the same appreciation, as it appreciated sa labas.
"Kasi siyempre, iba pa rin yung pagka-kababayan natin ang nanonood pero siyempre, ang gusto ko, e, magustuhan nila."
FUTURE OF PHILIPPINE CINEMA. Brillante believes that his film is very timely, especially since incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has started a vigorous campaign against drugs and corruption.
The concept of Ma'Rosa was actually inspired by a true story that took place four years ago.
He said, "This is about drugs, this is about corruption. Although ang concept nito, nangyari four years ago pa so finally, maipapalabas din siya."
On this note, Brillante expressed his gratitude for President-elect Duterte's initiatives on how to further improve Philippine cinema.
Brillante revealed, "Well, mag-uusap pa lang kami. Mag-uusap pa lang kami pero alam na nila yun. In fact, some of them already got in touch with me. They're asking also… seeking for my suggestion kung anong puwedeng gawin."
He added, "Masaya naman ako, kahit papa'no kumokonsulta sila. Kahit papa'no meron silang suggestion kung anong puwedeng gawin.
"So sana maging positive at matuluy-tuloy katulad ng this administration, kung papaano sinuportahan ang mga indie film makers. Sana magtuluy-tuloy din for this administration.
Brillante hopes that the next administration will also continue progress started by Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairman Briccio Santos during the term of President Noynoy Aquino.
The 55-year-old film director said, "The present administration under Briccio Santos, actually, they've been very helpful sa independent cinema.
"Dito, sina Martin Andanar [incoming Press Secretary], is also very helpful. Kasi si Martin is also one of my workshoppers sa film workshop ko so marami rin siyang gusto mangyari."
THE OSCAR NOD. Meanwhile, with the film being screened on the first week of July, Ma'Rosa is already eligible to be chosen by the Film Academy of the Philippines to be sent to the Academy Awards.
The FAP is the local counterpart of the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
Films to be considered as the country's official entry to the Best Foreign Film category should have been commercially exhibited for at least seven consecutive days from the period of October 2015 to September 2016.
Brillante will be glad if FAP picks Ma'Rosa as the official Philippine entry for the 89th Academy Awards scheduled in February 2017.
The director said, "I'm glad, hindi ko alam pero kung halimbawa, kung pinili siya, masaya ako na mapipili siya. I think this is my 13th film ano, kung mapipili siya, masaya ako na finally mapapadala ang pelikula ko sa Academy."
Given Ma'Rosa's achievement in the Cannes Film Festival, Brillante believes that his film may have a chance to make it as an Oscar nominee.
He explained, "Normally kasi, kapag makakuha ka ng recognition sa mga A-list festivals katulad ng Cannes, Berlin, or Venice...ano na 'yan, e, passes mo na 'yan para panoorin ng mga screening committee sa Academy."
He further explained, "Kasi alam mo, napakarami ng screening committee dun, nasa 200 people sila. At ito, mati-trim down pa 'yan to something 50 or less and sila yung merong say.
"Of course there are a lot of films all over the world, hindi lang naman lima 'yan or sampu.
"Napakarami niyan, kung ilang bansa yan, kung ilan ang pinadala nila, yung ang panonoorin nila but of course, they cannot watch all these films.
"They would just have to look for the films that somehow nagkaroon ng recognition sa mga A-list festivals so it matters.
"Like halimbawa, yung Son of Saul na nanalo ng Best Foreign Film last year was actually a winner in Cannes and we have the same distributor.
"Yung film distribution [company], they distribute my film and they also distribute yung Son Of Saul."