SM City General Santos Cinema is proud to announce that they will be screening the multi-awarded movie, Ma’Rosa exclusively on Wednesday next week, December 7, 2016.

Prior to that, on Tuesday, December 6, a Media Launch  for the movie will be conducted at the SM Event Center, starting at 5pm, with its director, Mr. Brillante Mendoza himself. Free to the public, this event will also serve as a meet-and-greet session with the Pinoy auteur.

Ma'Rosa Movie Poster

Ma’Rosa is an Official Selection to the Cannes Film Festival early this year.  It won the Best Actress Award for its title roler, Jacklyn Jose, the first ever for a Filipino. Director Mendoza was likewise nominated for the Best Director Award.

Here is its synopsis…

Ma’ Rosa” shows us a glimpse of a Filipino family set on a typical district in Manila, giving us a slice of life in a community. The whole film was treated like a documentary film with a strong feel of realism, using found objects and locations in production design. But what seems to be a simple production endeavor is actually a formidable challenge to any filmmaker because even though this was filmed in a minimalist manner, the truth is we are still doing a feature film with real actors trained in different acting disciplines of acting.

In able for us to capture the precision raw emotions, I told them to throw away everything that they have learned in their acting profession and just act plain and natural as their characters since they should blend with non-actors on screen. Furthermore, the actors were never given a copy of the script and was only directed based on how I commute the script. Dialogs were delivered very naturally as they depend on their personal instincts throughout the film.

In fact, sequences were filmed in the same order as the story so that the actors should feel the plight if their character as the shooting progresses. The feeling of uncertainty must materialize on screen as the editing subscribers to the main character’s point-of-view as we follow her accounts of what transpired on that evening.

According to Director Mendoza, “The idea of this film came up four years ago when I became indirectly involved with the said incident. It captures my interest to tell this story because it shows a unique but also disturbing characteristic of a common Filipino family. That when a family member is backed against the wall for the wrong doings that he or she made, you will do everything to keep them out of trouble even if it means violating basic virtuous. In a society where survival of the fittest is a fact that we have to live with, family becomes amoral.

Ms. Jacklyn Jose is joined by Julio Diaz, real-life daughter, Andi Eigenmann, Felix Roco, Jomari Angeles, Inna Tuason, Chiclet Rillo, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Baron Geisler, Mon Confiado, Neil Ryan Sese, Mark Dionisio, John Paul Duray, Vince Rillon, Ralph Aresgado, Mercedes Cabrl, Allan Paule, Maria Isabel Lopez, Aaron Rivera, Ruby Ruiz, Kristoffer King, Timothy Mabalot, Marz Bendol and Luis Ruiz.

TICKETS to the December 7 screenings, 8AM ONLY, at Cinemas 1 & 2, for Ma’Rosa are priced at P150. For group bookings, please visit the SM Cinema Office and look for Mr. Marc Mabilog.  There will be a Q&A with Director Mendoza after the screening.