'Ma' Rosa' is PH entry to 2017 Oscars
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.
The other films that were also considered, according to FAP's press release, are:
- Felix Manalo by Joel Lamangan,
- Anino sa Likod ng Buwan by Jun Lana
- Honor Thy Father by Erik Matti,
- Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis by Lav Diaz,
- Dukot by Paul Soriano
- Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy Jr.
- Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli by Gil Portes
- Tuos by Roderick Cabrido
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.
Heneral Luna, starring John Arcilla was the country's entry to the 2016 Oscars. – Rappler.com