MANILA – Acclaimed Filipino director Brillante Mendoza revealed that he has been considering submitting his drama film “Ma’ Rosa” in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
Mendoza’s movie, which centered on a matriarch of a poor family struggling under the hands of corrupt policemen, has competed in the recently concluded 69th Cannes Film Festival’s Palm d’Or.
“I already asked the committee if that’s possible. They said it’s okay, for as long as it won’t have any commercial screening before the festival,” Mendoza said during the cast and crew’s homecoming dinner.
Aside from the MMFF, Mendoza also considered submitting ‘Ma’ Rosa’ to other international film festivals. receiving favorable comments on the movie.
“Tagumpay nating lahat ‘to bilang Pilipino,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN.
Veteran actress Jaclyn Jose, who portrayed the lead character, bagged the Best Actress award – a first for the Philippines and Southeast Asia.