Ma' Rosa is the latest movie of Filipino Filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, an official selection to the Cannes Film Fest 2016 on May 11-22, 2016.

His 5th time to be in CANNES, and the 3rd time in competition.

Ma' Rosa is the only Filipino film included in Competition category.

Jaclyn Jose got the Best Actress Award, the first Filipina to win the Palm d'OR.

Ma' Rosa stars Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Andi Eigenmann, Felix Roco, and Jomari Angeles.

ROSA, owns a small community convenient store connected to their home in the slums of Metropolitan Manila. Together with her husband, NESTOR, they use their convenient store as cover-up for selling illegal narcotic, Methamphetamines. their fate changes one Saturday night when their neighbor BONG-BONG, who works as a fly-by-night parking attendant, begs her to sell him a small pack of Methamphetamine without knowing that its a ploy for a pending buy-bust operation by the policemen waiting outside the community.

This leads to Ma' Rosa and Nestors warrantless arrest by a police team led by Sergeant CASTOR. They detain the couple in the sleeping quarters at the back of the police station eventually confiscating their belongings, instead of going through the regular procedure. Here, the policemen interrogate them and command Rosa rat-out their source of illegal narcotics as trade-off to their freedom. Hesitant, Rosa has no choice but to call their supplier, JOMAR and cooperate with the policemen that leads to his arrest.

Rosa and Nestors children, JACKSON, RAQUEL and KERWIN come to their aid. 

NESTOR (Julio Diaz) – Rosa’s Methamphetamine-using husband. 
RAQUEL (Andi Eigenmann) – Rosa’s nursing student daughter. 
JACKSON (Felix Roco) – The eldest among Rosa’s children and a known bum in their community. KERWIN (Jomari Angeles) – Rosa’s second son in his late teens. 

Other cast includes Ruby Ruiz, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Baron Geisler, Mon Confiado, Tim Mabalot, Kristofer King, Mercedes Cabral, John Paul Duray, Neil Ryan Sese, Mark Dionisio.

Mendoza is the first Filipino to compete and won in 3 major international film festivals, showing authentic Filipino stories to the world.

His film, Captive, competed in coveted Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, while Tirador (Slingshot) won the Caligari Film Award in 2007 of the same festival.

Thy Womb, on the other hand, won the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award in the equally prestigious Venice Film Festival in 2012, while Lola was nominated for the best film screened in competition for the same festival in 2009, also known as the “Golden Lion”.

But his most notable achievement is when he won the elusive Best Director in the well-renowned Cannes Film Festival for the film, Kinatay in 2009. The year before, his film, Serbis (Service) was nominated for the acclaimed “Palm d’ Or Award” or the “Golden Palm”, the most prestigious award given to the best film of the said film festival.

Mendoza’s films are commercially shown in Europe, affording the cinema-loving European audience a glimpse of contemporary Philippine society.


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