Jaclyn Jose wins best actress at Cannes for ‘Ma’ Rosa’

 

Filipino actress Jaclyn Jose (L) celebrates on stage next to her daughter, Filipino actress Andi Eigenmann, and Filipino director Brillante Mendoza after being awarded with the Best Actress prize during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 22, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

 

It’s a first for the country. Philippine soap star Jaclyn Jose won best actress at the Cannes film festival Sunday for her mesmerizing performance as a slum matriarch who falls prey to corrupt police.

The last time the Philippines won in Cannes was the best director award of Mendoza for “Kinatay” in 2009. Previous major acting prizes in A-list festivals won by Filipinos were the best actress triumphs of Nora Aunor for “The Flor Contemplacion Story” in Cairo in 1995 and Eugene Domingo for “Barber’s Tales” in Tokyo in 2013.

She has won numerous acting awards in her native country and worked with its most prestigious filmmakers.

But it is her relationship with “Ma ‘Rosa” director Mendoza — a friend for over three decades — which has brought her into the international limelight.

Philippe Daily Inquirer   GMA News Online

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