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Cannes Film Review: Ma’ Rosa

18 May 2016 3:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After recreating the 2001 Dos Palmas kidnapping incident by Islamic separatists in “Captive” (2012), Filipo auteur Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” is an equally political hostage drama in which small-time drug-sellers are detained by police extorting a payout. As an indictment of the ubiquity of the country’s corruption and the banality of evil, it’s neither as harrowing as his own “Kinatay” nor as stylish as compatriot Erik Matti’s noir crime thrillers. Still, as in most of the director’s repertoire, he portrays working class family relations with unpretentious warmth. Boasting a simple, coherent plot shot with real-time, handheld verismo, it’s a work of understated confidence that will not disappoint his festival acolytes, but probably won’t win many new converts.

Crafted with input from screenwriting guru Armando “Bing” Lao (who collaborated with Mendoza on “Serbis” and “Kinatay”), the structure of Troy Espiritu’s script harks back to the hyper-realism of “Slingshot, »

- Maggie Lee

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Cannes: Films Distribution reunites with Brillante Mendoza on 'Ma’ Rosa'

25 April 2016 4:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Filipino director’s Palme d’Or contender revolves around a convenience store owner who sells narcotics on the side.

Paris-based Films Distribution has reunited with Filipino director Brillante Mendoza to handle international sales of his new film Ma’ Rosa ahead of its premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).

Set against the backdrop of the slums of Manila, the film revolves around convenience store owner Rosa, who sells narcotics on the side. When Rosa and her husband are arrested, their four children are forced to trade their meagre possessions to raise money to pay-off the police.

It sees Mendoza reunite with Jaclyn Jose, having previously worked with the veteran actress on Service (Serbis), which played in Competition at Cannes in 2008.

“I went to see a first-cut in Manila a few months ago, and knew right away that this was probably his best work ever,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

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Films Distribution reunites with Mendoza on Cannes competition entry ‘Ma’Rosa’

25 April 2016 4:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s latest revolves around a convenience store owner who sells narcotics on the side.

Paris-based Films Distribution has re-united with Filipino director Brillante Mendoza to handle international sales of his new film Ma’Rosa ahead of its premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Set against the backdrop of the slums of Manila, the film revolves around convenience store owner Rosa, who sells narcotics on the side.

When Rosa and her husband are arrested, their four children are forced to trade their meagre possessions to raise money to pay-off the police.

“I went to see a first-cut in Manila a few months ago, and knew right away that this was probably his best work ever,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

“In a sense, I was not surprised that Cannes shared my enthusiasm for the movie. It has the distinctive style and voice that is always present in Mendoza’s movies, but beyond »

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Films Distribution reunites with Mendoza on Cannes competition entry ‘Ma’Rosa’

25 April 2016 4:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s latest revolves around a convenience store owner who sells narcotics on the side.

Paris-based Films Distribution has re-united with Filipino director Brillante Mendoza to handle international sales of his new film Ma’Rosa ahead of its premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Set against the backdrop of the slums of Manila, the film revolves around convenience store owner Rosa, who sells narcotics on the side.

When Rosa and her husband are arrested, their four children are forced to trade their meagre possessions to raise money to pay-off the police.

“I went to see a first-cut in Manila a few months ago, and knew right away that this was probably his best work ever,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

“In a sense, I was not surprised that Cannes shared my enthusiasm for the movie. It has the distinctive style and voice that is always present in Mendoza’s movies, but beyond »

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Cannes 2016: critic's take

14 April 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

2016 looks like a good vintage: Screen’s chief critic and reviews editor Fionnuala Halligan dissects this year’s Competition lineup…

Advance word on the Cannes Competition line-up was muted this year, and smoke signals from Paris indicated that the selection was running very close to the line. Thierry Fremaux talked at the launch press conference about “loyalty” and “risk-taking” in the same breath. While these aren’t two words which tend to mix well at Cannes, the festival’s 2016 line-up certainly promises to deliver fresh film-making. “We know the risks we are taking,” said Fremaux.

There’s little doubt that Cannes 2016 looks like a good vintage. Typically of a festival which always surprises, there’s no way to tell if this will be a good, bad, or - worst of all - indifferent mix until we taste. One note we won’t apparently be savouring in the Competition, however, is a sense of France and its relationship »

- finn.halligan@screendaily.com (Fionnuala Halligan)

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Cartagena International Film Festival 2016 – Asian Presence

16 February 2016 11:57 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The 55th Cartagena International Film Festival will take place from March 2nd until March 7th in Cartagena (Colombia). This event is one of the most important film festival in the region and is the only Colombian festival accredited by the Fiafp. Three asian films will be screen in the Gems Category along with a Special Tribute to the Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendonza.

 

 

The Assassin (Nie yin niang) by Hou Hsiao-Hsien – Taiwan, China | 2015 – 105 min.

In 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break »

- Sebastian Nadilo

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