Award-winning Filipino director Brillante Mendoza.


Brillante film picked as Philippine entry to Oscars


MANILA – The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) has chosen Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” as the official entry of the Philippines to the 2017 Academy Awards.

It was chosen to vie for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Academy Awards, which is slated to happen on February 27, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Director Edgardo “Boy” Vinarao, who serves as the head of the selection committee of the FAP, told TV Patrol that they chose Mendoza’s film over Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo” because of its fast-paced storyline and the intense acting shown by its main character Jaclyn Jose who played the role of Rosa.

The other members of the committee include director Jose Carreon, Director Mike Sandejas, actor and scriptwriter Ed Rocha, cinematographer Lee Meily, actor Michael de Mesa and actress Cherie Gil.

Jose was recognized for her portrayal of the role, which made her win the Best Actress trophy at the 2016 Cannes Film.

Meanwhile, Mendoza told PEP entertainment news said that he was surprised that his film was chosen.

He added that he was “very happy” and “very glad” that the Academy has recognized him after 10 years.


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