After a triumphant run in last month’s Cannes Film Festival in France, it’s looking like “Ma’Rosa” by Filipino auteur Brillante Mendoza is heading to the Dolby Theater next year for the 2017 Oscars.
In a bid to capitalize on the Best Actress win of Jaclyn Jose, Solar Entertainment president and CEO has confirmed that it will be showing the movie in cinemas earlier than its supposed Philippine premiere at the Metro Manila Film Festival in December, the Preen reported.
The move is seen as a positive for the film’s Oscar chances as the country’s selection committee is in the process of filtering possible Filipino entries for the movie industry’s biggest night.
In an interview with Yibada, Mendoza was asked regarding his film’s chances to get in the Oscar ballot later this year.
“That’s not certain because we do not know if that is going to happen,” Mendoza said. “But, well, the most important thing is that the talent was recognized.”
Filipino films have been having a good year in the international film festival circuit as another Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz was awarded the Berlin International Film Festival’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Award in February for “Hele Ng Hiwagang Hapis” (“A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery”).
The Philippines has never been nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film ever. The last time an Asian film won the trophy was in 2011 when “A Separation” of Iran triumphed over entries from Israel, Canada, Poland and Belgium.
In other news, according to Manila Times, Mendoza recently attended the Awards Night of his own eponymous film workshop. Best Picture was shared by Vanju Alvaira’s “Ang Guro,” which tells of the story of a senior citizen teacher who is nearing the end of her teaching career, and “Idolo,” which is about a young salesman who realizes the true meaning of success.