Sony Pictures Acquires Yellow Rose Starring Lea Salonga and Eva Noblezada

Yellow Rose is the first Filipino film acquired by Sony for theatrical release in the U.S.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced yesterday that it acquired worldwide rights, excluding the Philippines, to the Filipino film, Yellow Rose. The film stars Tony Award winner Lea Salonga and two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada. Watch the official trailer of the film below.

A film about immigration in the U.S., Yellow Rose centers on the life of a Filipino-American girl (Noblezada) whose dreams of becoming a country music star are derailed by the threat of deportation. 

“It’s a really beautiful film. I got to see it when I was in New York and when I saw it, it was really good. This is something that will touch a lot of people’s hearts,” Salonga said of the film in June via phone patch on Magandang Buhay.

Fifteen Years in the Making

According to Yellow Rose director Diane Paragas, the film was a product of years of work. "Yellow Rose has taken over 15 years to make and it couldn’t come at a more important time when anti-immigrant sentiment is at an all-time high. This is a story for everyone facing challenges in finding their voice, their dreams and, more importantly, their home,” said Paragas in an interview with ABS-CBN.

The film is an ABS-CBN Cinematografo Originals seed grand winner in 2017. It will be distributed in Philippine theaters by ABS-CBN.

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