From Brocka to Cannes: Jaclyn Jose’s cinematic journey

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Jaclyn Jose has one of the most accomplished careers in Philippine cinema, having worked with National Artists such as Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal, as well as contemporary auteurs such as Chito Roño and Brillante Mendoza. Photo by JAN PINEDA

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — “There are so many characters to portray, to create and to meet, to love, and to give. So walang katapusan ang pag-arte,” says Jaclyn Jose. These lines close the fourth and final installment of Globe Telecom’s The Kaleidoscope series. The four-part mini documentary series puts the spotlight on artists who have carved their own path to excellence, changing the game one way or another. Previous episodes feature Ballet Manila’s Jamil Montibon, street artist Kookoo Ramos, and legendary prosthetic artist Cecille Baun.

Having been in the industry since the ‘80s, Jose has amassed an impressive filmography working with National Artists for Film such as Ishmael Bernal and Lino Brocka, and contemporary directors such as Chito Roño and Brillante Mendoza. Though she’s mostly been relegated to supporting roles in recent years, her talent never fails to shine through. When Jose won the Best Actress award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for her role in Mendoza’s drug drama “Ma’ Rosa,” it marked not only a landmark moment for Philippine cinema, but also a shining recognition for the veteran actress.

The win is a reminder of her talent, but to Jose, it also serves as inspiration. “I feel good about my winning for other actors. Because I never even imagined that I’m gonna get it. [Iisipin nila] ‘may chance ako. Eh, nagka-chance siya, eh,’” she says. Jose’s passion and respect for the craft, and on a larger scale, cinema as a whole, is palpable.

In this episode, apart from the Cannes experience, Jose also talks about how she got into acting, what pushes her to keep going, and what she sees for herself in the future.

Watch the episode below. Stream the rest of the series here.