After winning Best Actress in the recently held Cannes Film Festival, veteran actress Jaclyn Jose expressed hope that incoming president Rodrigo Duterte would soon take action to stop the rampant drug problem in the country.
In a video interview, Jose said Duterte should “look for Ma’ Rosa” and put an end to the drug problem.
Filipinos celebrated as Jose bagged the Best Actress award in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The equally talented Jose won against renowned Hollywood stars Charlize Theron and Marion Cotillard who represented Unites States and France, respectively.
Jose said she did not expect to win the Best Actress award and she was just enjoying the awards night when the award presentors called her name. She got surprised and very emotional. “Who would not get emotional, this is the Cannes film festival, this is big, especially in my country,” Jose was quoted as saying in a report.
In the film by acclaimed director Brillante Ma. Mendoza, Jose portrays the lead role, Ma’Rosa, a mother of four children. She owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood in Manila. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor (Julio Diaz), engage in petty drug trade.
Mendoza said “Ma’ Rosa is one of the most difficult films” he directed “because of the sensitivity of the topic.”
“We are exposing another paradigm of the corrupt police system in the Philippines, which is so rampant. What we are showing becomes a common practice in every district of the Philippine capital,” Mendoza said.
Jose or Mary Jane Santa Ana Guck in real life, is the first Filipino to win a Cannes awards. Ma’ Rosa, on the other hand, is Mendoza’s second movie that competed in Cannes. The first was “Serbis” in 2008 where Jose was also among the cast.
Meanwhile, English director Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or or the highest prize awarded in the Festival for his film, “I, Daniel Blake.” This is Loach’s second Palme d’Or. In 2006, he also received the highest award for his movie “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.”
Canadian director, the 27-year old Xavier Dolan bagged Grand Prix (unofficial second prize) for his film “Juste la fin du monde” (It’s Only the End of the World). Best Director was a tie between French director Olivier Assayas for “Personal Shopper” a thriller starring Kristen Stewart and directed by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu for his film about Romania’s grassroots corruption “Graduation.”
Meanwhile, Andrea Arnold, a British writer and director won the Jury Prize for her film “American Honey.”
Shahad Hosseini won the Best Actor award in the film “The Salesman” where he played the role of an actor and a troubled husband. The film directed by Iranian writer and director Asghar Farhadi also won the best screenplay prize.