The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is one of the most awaited film festivals in the country every year. Since 1979, it is known to produce high quality films from famous and even from upcoming directors in the industry.
Last year, the MMFF was truly a huge success. It has been dominated by independently-produced films or popularly known as indie films like Erik Matti’s Seklusyon, animated film Saving Sally, documentary film Sunday Beauty Queen, and many more.
This year’s festival has been the talk of the town after four members of the executive committee namely: Ricky Lee, Rolando Tolentino, Kara Magsanoc Alikpala, and Ed Lejano resigned because of some conflict with the selection process.
Although this year’s MMFF is not dominated by indie films, there are still a handful of awesome movies everyone should check out. Here are some of the movies that you don’t want to miss at this year’s film fest:
Directed by: Julius Alfonso
Starring: Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman
Deadma Walking offers a trifecta of comedy, drama, and musical in one. The story revolves around gay BFFs John (Joross Gamboa) and Mark (Edgar Allan Guzman) whose friendship is put to test when one of them has a fatal illness and asks the other to help him stage his fake death, wake, and funeral as his dying wish.
Watch the teaser here:
Directed by: Paul Soriano
Starring: Erich Gonzales, Jericho Rosales, Jasmine Curtis-Smith
Starring Jericho Rosales with actresses Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Erich Gonzales, Siargao is a romantic film shot entirely on location at the surfing capital of the Philippines. Prepare to fall in love with the breathtaking sights of the beautiful Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte.
Watch trailer here:
Directed by: Loy Arcenas
Starring: Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil, Paulo Avelino
The film set before World War II in the Walled City of Intramuros tells the dilemma of sisters Candida (Joanna Ampil) and Paula Marasigan (Rachel Alejandro), daughters of high-profile painter. Ang Larawan is the film adaptation of Larawan, The Musical which is based on National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin’s three-act play entitled A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.
Watch trailer here:
All of You
Directed by: Dan Villegas
Starring: Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay
Three years after the suprise hit English Only, Please, Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay are back together onscreen for another Villegas-directed romantic-comedy entitled All of You (formerly known as Almost Is Not Enough). The trailer doesn’t give too much away, but it is about a couple who met each other through online dating. Interesting, right? The film is set in Taiwan, featuring the beautiful old town of Jiufen.
Watch trailer here:
Other films included in the “Magic 8” are Meant to Beh starring Vic Sotto; Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad featuring Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, and Pia Wurtzbach; the newest remake of Ang Panday starring Coco Martin; and the only horror film this year entitled Haunted Forest, starring Joey Marquez, Hashtags member Jon Lucas, and Maris Racal.
Aside from the full-length films, MMFF also announced the eight movies under the short film category:
- Anino by Chrox Productions
- Anong Nangyari kay Nicanor Dante? by EMJEI Films and Photographs
- Black Market by Lakan Media Creatives
- Crab Mental by Joaquin Bamba
- Gunita by Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Padawan Productions
- Isang Gabi/One Night by Lakan Media Creatives
- Kinalimutan Natin ang mga Bata by University of the Philippines Film Institute
- Noel by Go Motion Productions
Organized by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), MMFF 2017 will start on Christmas day, December 25 and will end on January 7.
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