MANILA (UPDATED) – Filipina Jaclyn Jose won the best actress award at this year’s Cannes film festival for her role in Brillante Mendoza’s film, “Ma’ Rosa.”
“I’m at a loss for words! I am so surprised and moved. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the Jury members. I thank the director Brillante Mendoza, whose instructions I simply followed,” Jose said in her speech early Monday morning Manila time.
“He’s a brilliant director, a genius. I am so happy you liked the film. I’d like to salute the Philippine people,” she added.
“I dreamt of this, that someday I’m coming back with my daughter…Hindi pa siya artista noon,” she said.
Jose, who also appeared in Mendoza’s Cannes 2008 entry “Serbis,” is the first Filipino to receive the best actress award in the prestigious film festival.
Among those she’s beaten are high caliber actresses including Hollywood stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, French actresses Isabelle Hupert and Marion Cotillard.
She was described to be ‘a master of her skills” by one jury.
Meanwhile, Mendoza is the first Filipino to be honored in Cannes when he received the best director award in 2009 for his movie “Kinatay.”
Aside from Jose, “Ma’ Rosa” also stars Julio Diaz, Andi Eigenmann, Felix Roco, and Jomari Angeles.
The film tells the story of a poor Manila neighborhood stall holder who sells drugs on the side with her husband to make ends meet.
The couple gets arrested, leaving their four children to try and buy their parents’ freedom from corrupt policemen.
Aside from Jose, here are the other winners from the 2016 Cannes film festival, as chosen by a jury led by Australian director and “Mad Max” creator George Miller:
Palme d’Or: “I, Daniel Blake”
British Director Ken Loach won over the jury with his moving tale of a carpenter (Dave Johns) who suffers repeated humiliations as he seeks welfare benefits after having a heart attack.
Grand Prix: “It’s Only The End of The World”
Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s film was booed by some critics but the jury felt it deserved second place in Cannes for his fraught family drama. It is the latest in a string of Cannes honors for the 27-year-old director who won the third-placed Jury Prize in 2014 for “Mommy”.
Jury Prize: “American Honey”
Britain’s Andrea Arnold came in third with “American Honey”, starring Shia LaBeouf as the leader of a group of disaffected US teens selling magazines door-to-door.
A throbbing soundtrack accompanies the youths on their slow-paced road trip, with plenty of marijuana smoking, drinking and falling in love.
Best actor: Shahab Hosseini in “The Salesman”
The Iranian actor won for his role as a man struggling to come to terms with an attack on his wife in their home.
He sets out on a revenge mission while she tries to regain the upper hand and deal with the assault in her own manner.
Best director: Cristian Mungiu and Olivier Assayas
The best director award was shared between Romania’s Cristian Mungiu and France’s Olivier Assayas.
Mungiu shines a light on the post-communist social rot in his homeland in “Graduation”, about a father trying to ensure his daughter can escape Romania’s corruption with a scholarship to a British university.
Assayas won for “Personal Shopper” starring Kristen Stewart, a movie that is an audacious mix of ghost story, murder mystery and existential drama. Critics, however, booed it.
Best screenplay: Asghar Farhadi
The Iranian director, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation”, won best screenplay for “The Salesman”. – With reports from Rose Eclarinal, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau, and Agence France Presse
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