Entries to the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival
by FFE Entertainment News Staff
Christmas season in the Philippines also marks the start of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MFF). Now on its 39th year, the MMFF is one of the most-anticipated film events in the country, with entries ranging from fantasy to historical movies and starring the biggest and brightest stars of Philippine Cinema. Let’s take a look a quick look of all the entries this year.
“10000 hours is the journey of a man who has lived his life by the law and for the law. But, he is also a man betrayed by the law.”
10,000 Hours is an action movie starring Robin Padilla, Michael De Mesa, and Mylene Dizon and directed by Joyce Bernal. The movie follows a police-turned-senator who went to hiding in Amsterdam for 10,000 hours to evade arrest. Padilla said the movie was inspired by former PNP chief and Senator Panfilo Lacson.
San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir
“A historical epic adventure film about the life and martyrdom of the Filipino saint that changed Marianas forever.”
The movie is the historical depiction of the life of the second Filipino saint who left his Visayan roots to join a Spanish priest in his mission to the Marianas Islands (Guam) in 1668. San Pedro Calungsod is played by Rocco Nacino and the movie is directed by Francis O. Villacorta.
Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy
One of the comedy entries this year, the movie stars Vice Ganda where he plays quadruplets separated at birth.
The boy and the girl live with their father, played by Joey Marquez in the US while the lesbian and gay live with their mother, played by Maricel Soriano, in the Philippines. Conflict begins when the siblings in the US find out that they are not really twins, but quadruplets.
The movie hopes to repeat the box office success of Vice’s previous movies Sisterakas and Praybeyt Benjamin.
Kimmy Dora: Ang Kyemeng Prequel
Kimmy Dora: Ang Kyemeng Prequel is the prequel to the first two Kimmy Dora movies, Kimmy Dora: Ang Kambal na Kiyeme and Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme, starring Eugene Domingo and Sam Milby and directed by Chris Martinez.
The movie goes back to when twins Kimmy and Dora just finished college and were set to join their family’s business. It is an action comedy film inspired by the James Bond series in terms of musical scoring and visual effects.
My Little Bossings
My Little Bossings is a comedy movie starring Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Ryzza Mae Dizon, and Bimby Aquino and directed by Marlon Rivera.
In the movie, Kris plays a cash management specialist and due to deadly conflicts involving her job, entrusted her son Justin (Bimby) to her bookkeeper Torky’s care (Vic). Ryzza Mae plays a street kid adopted by Torky’s niece played by Aiza Seguerra. Riot ensues when they are forced to live in one house.
Pagpag Siyam na Buhay
Pagpag Siyam na Buhay is the only horror movie entry this year and stars teen loveteam Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla and directed by Frasco Mortiz.
The movie tackles the Filipino superstition that one should first shake off (pagpag) evil spirits after visiting a funeral wake before going home.
Boy Golden: The Arturo Porcuna Story
Boy Golden “promises an action-packed thriller reminiscent of well-beloved Filipino action classics.”
The movie follows the life of infamous gangster during the 50’s and 60’s Arturo Porcuna and stars George “E.R.” Ejercito and KC Concepcion and directed by Chito Rono. Due to its excessive violence, it was initially excluded from the festival but was allowed to enter after My Super Kap starring Bong Revilla withdrew.
Starring newcomers Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman stars in the indie hip-hop movie Kaleidoscope World.
The movie follows a poor boy and a rich girl who falls for each other after making it to a hip- hop dance crew that will compete abroad.
Kaleidoscope World also pays tribute to the late Francis Magalona’s music.