May 23, 2016 12:59 AM

Filipino Jaclyn Jose is best actress at Cannes Film Festival

The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) Jaclyn Jose has become the first Filipino to win the best actress award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Jose won for her performance as a mother who falls prey to corrupt police after being forced to sell drugs to survive in "Ma' Rosa."

The movie was directed by Brillante Mendoza, who in 2009 became the first Filipino to win best director at the festival for "Kinatay."

In accepting the award Sunday, Jose said she was surprised to win, and that she went to Cannes primarily for a red carpet walk with her daughter, actress Andi Eigenmann, who also played a role in the movie.

Jose thanked the jury and shared the recognition with all Filipinos, including the cast of the film.

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