Cinemalaya shines the spotlight on 2016 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Jaclyn Jose in the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival on August 5-14 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Focus: Jaclyn Jose is a tribute to Filipino artistry and world class talent as exemplified by Jose. It will feature three of the actress’ films:
· Working Girls 2 (1987) by Ishmael Bernal on August 8, 12:45 PM at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute. This film sequel depicts women of varying characters who try to succeed in their chosen paths. With Jose in the cast are Gloria Romero, Dang Cecilio, Melanie Marquez Dina Bonnevie, Dante Rivero, Ricky Belmonte, George Javier, Ronel Victor and Edu Manzano.
· Itanong mo sa Buwan (1988) by Chito Roño on August 10, 6:15 pm, at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde. In the film, a married bank teller gets caught up in a bungled bank robbery and gets taken as a hostage. The film also stars Mark Gil, Anjo Yllana, Anita Linda, Tita Muñoz, Mia Gutierrez, Lucita Soriano and Susan Africa.
· Sarong Banggi (2005) on August 12, 3:30 pm at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde is a Cinemalaya film by Emmanuel de la Cruz. Jaclyn Jose plays Melba, a prostitute hired by a group of friends to surprise their virgin friend Nyoy, played by Angelo Ilagan, on his birthday. However, when they discover that Melba is actually a middle-aged woman unlike what she described herself to be, they got rid of her and went to look for younger girls. Nyoy who seems to have something more in his mind, sought for Melba. A bond developed between them soon after.
Jose is the first Filipina to win the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress award. She was awarded the prize for her portrayal of a drug-dealing matriarch in a Manila slum in the film Ma Rosa by Brillante Mendoza.
Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.
Catch the Cinemalaya films at the CCP and Ayala Theaters — Greenbelt 1 and Glorietta 4, Makati, Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, and UP Town Center, Quezon City and Solenad, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In Cebu, Cinemalaya will be held at the Ayala Center Cinema on August 9-14.