- Ma’ Rosa will have its Philippine premiere on July 6
- It earned actress Jaclyn Jose the Best Actress Award in the Cannes Film Festival
- Director Brillante Mendoza hopes that the accolades would translate to a good box office performance
The country’s official entry to the Cannes Film Festival this year, Ma’ Rosa, is set to make its Philippine premiere nationwide on July 6.
The movie, which paved the way for actress Jaclyn Jose to become the first Filipino to win the Best Actress Award in Cannes, tells the story of Rosa Reyes, who is a sari-sari store owner trying to make a living in the city by dealing drugs to help her family get by. The film shows the dangerous and complex story behind the drug trade in the country.
Directed by veteran filmmaker Brillante Mendoza and led by a powerhouse cast which includes Julio Diaz, Felix Roco, Andi Eigenmann, Kristofer King, Mercedes Cabral, Jomari Angeles, and Maria Isabel Lopez, Ma’ Rosa made waves during the Cannes screening earlier this year.
With Jaclyn Jose’s award-winning performance and the positive review it has received, Mendoza hopes that Filipinos will be drawn to watch the film; noting that the movie tells the story of and for the Filipinos.
“Sana ma-translate sa box office ‘yung karangalan, ‘yung paghanga ng kababayan natin. Bakit natin kailangang i-remind ang mga kababayan natin sa ganitong klaseng sitwasyon? Ganitong klaseng kwento? Kasi hindi dapat siya nangyayari pero nangyayari siya. [I hope the awards would translate to the box office the admiration from our countrymen. Why do we need to remind our countrymen of this kind of situation? This kind of story? Because it happens but shouldn’t happen],” he told GMA News.
Although a date has officially been announced, the public is requested to wait for further announcements about venues and prices.