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.