MANILA, Philippines?Filipino actresses Gina Pareño and Jaclyn Jose are likely contenders for the Best Actress Award in the prestigious 61st Cannes International Film Festival in southern France.
This is according to Amiens International Film Festival director Jean Pierre Garcia, who watched Dante Mendoza?s ?Serbis? during its world premiere on May 18.
In an interview with ABS-CBN aired on ANC, Garcia described the two actresses as ?brilliant,? and the film, ?a metaphor for the Filipino society.?
Pareño and Jose play mother and daughter in ?Serbis,? which tells the story of a family forced to run a prostitution business inside a theater. The film is competing for the festival?s Palm d?Or for Feature Film.
The movie itself got mixed notices from critics.
But in a review posted on www.varietyonline.com, writer Jay Weissberg said Pareño is ?beautifully cast? in ?Serbis.? He also pointed out that Flor (Pareño) stood out from other characters in the film with her ?radiant inner dignity.?
According to another review, in Screen Daily, Flor is the ?most interesting? member of the Pineda family, focus of the plot. ?She loses in court, but regains her elegance in the end.?
?Strong charismatic women, such as Nanay Flor and her middle-aged daughter Nayda (Jose), do make their mark, as they frequently do in their other works, a reflection of Filipino family life,? the review added.
?I felt as if I was floating,? said Pareño, as she described walking on the red carpet during the movie?s premiere. ?Ang daming paparazzi, parang Hollywood. They kept telling us to blow kisses at them. More than ten times yata.?
Some of those photos were subsequently published in French newspapers and magazines.
?The audience gave us a standing ovation,? said Pareño by phone on Monday.
?I just had the best walk of my life. It was great. Nakakaiyak,? said Jose of her red-carpet walk. Both actresses wore colorful ternos by Patis Tesoro.
Jose and Pareño shared the red carpet with Mendoza, and fellow actors Mercedes Cabral, Coco Martin, Kristoffer King and Julio Diaz.
?Yesterday was a wonderful experience for all of us,? said producer Ferdy Lapuz in an e-mail he sent to Inquirer Entertainment on Monday. Lapuz reported that rights to screen ?Serbis? in some European territories have already been sold.