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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jaclyn Jose Wins Best Actress in Cannes

Another success for Philippine cinema as Jaclyn Jose won the best actress award at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. [hit the jump to continue]

The annual festival's feature film jury, headed by Australian director George Miller, on Sunday (May 22) chose Jose for her role in Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's "Ma' Rosa" as a store owner in a poor Manila neighborhood who sells drugs with her husband (Julio Diaz) to make ends meet.

Both are detained at a police station after their home is raided, leaving their three children to find the money needed to pay off corrupt police officers in order to free their parents.

"This situation is really happening back in the Philippines and it's quite alarming because it comes to a way of life," Mendoza told Reuters earlier. "The small-time drug selling and all that is happening and it's quite alarming, and something needs to be done. That's why I decided to make a story out of this situation."

Jose is the first from Southeast Asia to win the best actress award at Cannes.
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