Paris-based Films Distribution has reunited with Filipino director Brillante Mendoza to handle international sales of his new film Ma’ Rosa ahead of its premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).
Set against the backdrop of the slums of Manila, the film revolves around convenience store owner Rosa, who sells narcotics on the side. When Rosa and her husband are arrested, their four children are forced to trade their meagre possessions to raise money to pay-off the police.
It sees Mendoza reunite with Jaclyn Jose, having previously worked with the veteran actress on Service (Serbis), which played in Competition at Cannes in 2008.
“I went to see a first-cut in Manila a few months ago, and knew right away that this was probably his best work ever,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.
“In a sense