While you were sleeping, Jaclyn José was awarded Best Female Actress/Best Performance by an Actress at the Closing Ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Jaclyn won for her role as a sari-sari store owner forced to sell drugs to survive in Brilliante Mendoza’s MA’Rosa.
The 52-year-old veteran Filipina actress was a surprise winner despite lukewarm reviews of the film.
But the jury defended their choice, which some critics had thought too small a role.
“The critics were wrong,” said jury member Donald Sutherland. “It’s a big-time leading role.”
“She’s the film,” said Arnaud Desplechin. “She broke my heart.”
Jury members included George Miller (Director, Writer, Producer – Australia), Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France), Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States), Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia), Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark), László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria), Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer – France), Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran), Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada)
Among the strong contenders for Best Actress were Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) and Maria Dragus (Graduation), but the rules do not allow the jury to award more than one prize for winners of the top three categories.
Watch the trailer:
And the emotional Filipino ensemble after the red carpet screening last May 19th.
Here’s the complete list of winners in the 69th Cannes Film Festival:
Palme d’Or Short Metage: Timecode , Juanjo Giménez
Golden Camera: Divine, Houda Benyamina
Gold Award of Honor: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, for Customer, Asghar Farhadi
Best actress: Jaclyn Jose, for Ma’Rosa, Brillante Mendoza
Jury Prize: American Honey, Andrea Arnold
Screenplay: Asghar Fahradi for Customer
Award for Best Director: tie for Bachelor of Cristian Mungiu and Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas
Grand Jury Prize: Just the end of the world by Xavier Dolan
Golden Palm: I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach
To know more about MA’Rosa in competition, click HERE.