‘Ma’ Rosa’ in London fest
Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” will be shown at the 60th BFI (British Film Institute) London Film Festival in the United Kingdom, from Oct. 5 to 16.
The only Filipino entry in the lineup, “Ma’ Rosa” is included in the “Debate” section, which features “riveting films that amplify, scrutinize, argue and surprise.”
The fest’s website calls the Filipino film “Mendoza’s latest swipe at police corruption, set in an electric rain-swept nighttime Manila.”
Critic Kate Taylor notes in the fest’s website that “cinematographer Odyssey Flores employs a frenetic vérité approach, keeping the action at street level.” Meanwhile, Taylor describes Cannes best actress Jaclyn Jose’s performance as the film’s titular “take-no prisoners matriarch” as “flinty.”
In “Ma’ Rosa,” Taylor points out, Mendoza “once again…presents an urgent depiction of lives lived on the brink.”
The BFI London Film Festival will showcase 245 features from 74 countries throughout the 12-day event. Bayani San Diego Jr.
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