Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Ma’ Rosa’ to compete in Cannes Film Festival 2016

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Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Ma’ Rosa’ to compete in Cannes Film Festival 2016
This is Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza's 4th movie at the Cannes Film Festival

MANILA, Philippines – Another Brillante Mendoza film is going to compete at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, May 11 to 22.

Ma’ Rosa is Brillante’s 4th film to be shown at Cannes, the first one being Serbis in 2008, which was nominated for the coveted Palme d’Or (Golden Palm).

In 2009, Brillante won Best Director at Cannes for his film Kinatay, and in 2015, his movie Taklub was given the Ecumenical Jury-Prize Special Mention.

Cannes Film Festival unveiled the list of the 20 movies which will be in competition for the Palme d’Or next month.

Here are the films showing in and out of competition.

Opening film

  • Cafe Society by veteran US director Woody Allen is a Hollywood-set romance starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.

In competition

  • The Last Face by American actor-director Sean Penn is a modern romance set in Africa among aid workers starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem. 
  • Julieta by Spain’s acclaimed Pedro Almodovar about a mother’s search for her daughter who disappears for a decade.
  • Loving by the American Jeff Nichols tells the story of a mixed race couple confronting racism in 1950s Virginia.
  • It’s Only the End of the World by French-Canadian Xavier Dolan is a family drama with Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux.
  • Paterson by American director Jim Jarmusch with Adam Driver playing a bus driver poet in the New Jersey city of the same name.
  • Toni Erdmann, the much-anticipated new film from German director and producer Maren Ade, whose Everyone Else won the Jury Grand Prix at Berlin in 2009.
  • Aquarius by Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho. The title refers to the name of the building where the main character leads a solidary existence.
  • I, Daniel Blake by British director and Cannes favourite Ken Loach is about welfare cuts hurting vulnerable families.
  • American Honey by British maker of Fish Tank Andrea Arnold stars Shia LaBeouf as a young man who joins a sales team only to find himself drawn into a culture of bullying and abuse.
  • Personal Shopper by France’s Olivier Assayas is a ghost story set in the world of Parisian fashion, with Twilight superstar Kristen Stewart, who will be making her 2nd Cannes appearance in an Assayas movie after Sils Maria in 2014.
  • The Handmaid by South Korean director Park Chan-Wook best known for Oldboy is period drama about a rich woman and a crook set in the 1930s.
  • Ma loute (My Darling) by French director Bruno Dumont stars Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, the sister of former French first lady, Carla Bruni. 
  • Graduation, originally titled Family Photos, a family drama by Cristian Mungiu, the Romanian director of harrowing abortion drama Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days, which won the Palme d’Or in 2007.
  • La fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl) by Belgium’s Dardenne brothers, who have already won the top prize twice.
  • Elle by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls) is his return to the arthouse fold with French actress Isabelle Huppert as a businesswoman attacked in her home.
  • Sieranevada by the Romanian director Cristi Puiu who is best known for 2005 film The Death of Dante Lazarescu.
  • The Neon Demon by Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn, a supermodel horror set in the Los Angeles fashion and celebrity scene.
  • Mal de pierres (Stone sickness) by the French director Nicole Garcia is set after World War II, and stars Marion Cotillard as a woman caught in an unhappy marriage falls in love with another man.
  • Ma’ Rosa is the latest offering from Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, whose Kinatay was in competition at Cannes in 2009.
  • Rester Vertical (Stay Upright) is by French director Alain Guiraudie, whose Stranger by the Lake was rewarded in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes in 2013.

 Out of competition

  • The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant) by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, adapted from Roald Dahl’s children’s classic.
  • Money Monster by the American actor-director Jodie Foster with George Clooney as a Wall Street pundit taken hostage by man destroyed by his dud tips.
  • The Nice Guys by US director Shane Black is a thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe about the apparent suicide of a fading porn star.
  • Goksung (The Wailing) by South Korea’s Na Hong-Jin sees a detective investigate a mysterious sickness in a village.

– with reports from AFP/

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