MANILA, Philippines – Brillante Mendoza's Ma' Rosa is the country's film entry to the Foreign Language category of the 89th Academy Awards next year. Star Jaclyn Jose won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival early this year,
According to a report from GMA News, The members of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) deliberated over 9 films including Ma' Rosa, to be sent as the entry to the Oscars.
In a report from TV Patrol, director Brillante Mendoza said he was happy and proud about the FAP's recognition of the film. (READ: Brillante Mendoza addresses criticism of Jaclyn Jose's 'Ma' Rosa' performance)
"I'm incredibly proud to announce that MA' ROSA is the official selection of the PH to the OSCARS!!!"
Imcredibly proud to announce that MA' ROSA is the official selection of the PH to the OSCAR'S!!! — Andi Eigenmann (@andieigengirl) September 14, 2016
Ma'Rosa tells the story of mother who tries to make ends meet by running a sari-sari store and selling illegal drugs on the side. The police arrest them and in exchange for their freedom, they must come with the money, as their children try to help them out as well.