Ma' Rosa director Brillante Mendoza wins Best Director for the second time at the Malaysian International Film Festival while Bradley Liew’s “Singing in Graveyards” won Best Film.

Mendoza also won Best Director on November at the 54th Gijon International Film Festival.

Jaclyn Jose earlier won Best Actress at the Cannes International Film Festival last May 2016.

Producer Larry Castillo accepts award on behalf of Brillante Mendoza. Photo via Bradley Liew and Bianca Balbuena
Among the nominated  films in the festival were:

Iran's “The Salesman,” Oscar nominee
Germany’s “Toni Erdmann,” Oscar nominee
South Korea’s “The Wailing,”
China’s “One Night Only” and “I Am Madame Bovary,”
Taiwan’s “The Road To Mandalay,”
Singapore’s “The Apprentice,”
Hong Kong’s “Happiness” and “Mad World,”
Bhutan/Hong Kong’s “Hema Hema: Sing Me A Song While I Wait,” and
United Kingdom’s “I, Daniel Blake.”

The jury panel was chaired by Busan International Film Festival founder Kim Dong-Ho, acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Xie Fei, Indonesian director Garin Nugroho, Taiwanese producer Yeh Ju-Feng, Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann, and German filmmaker Andreas Dresen.

This is the first Malaysian International Film Festival.

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