Thursday, November 15, 2012

The 8 Official Entries For The 38th Metro Manila Film Festival

The 38th Metro Manila Film Festival

Now that the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) season is in the air, Filipino filmmakers are propping to showcase their best of the best. I honestly lost track of the festival since 2008, because I lost interest for any local or foreign movies by then. Hopefully my love for Filipino movies will be rekindled once again. And probably these eight entries will do it for me.

I would have like to say supportahan ang sariling atin (support our own...), but that's still to be decided until I'm satisfied by this years lot. Don't take me for someone unpatriotic or anti-nationalistic, but I was once disappointed to pay a lot (since cinema tix prices are getting too expensive for my taste) for something that didn't really make me enjoy... Well maybe the fault was mine, since I bought one ticket for every entry that time.

This year, the top 8 entries that were chosen were based on the highest lobbying placement fee paid by  the concerned film makers. In no particular order, here they are:

El Presidente
A Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Biopic

Directed by: Mark Meilly
Studio: Scenema Concept International
Cast: E.R. Ejercito, Nora Aunor, Cristine Reyes, Cesar Montano and Christopher De Leon

One More Try
A Romantic Drama Film

Directed by: Ruel S. Bayani
Studio: Star Cinema
Cast: Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban, Zanjoe Marudo, Gina Pareño, Carmina Villaroel and Agot Isidro

Shake, Rattle & Roll 14
A Horror Story

Directed by: Chito S. Roño
Studio: Regal Films
Cast: Lovi Poe, Dennis Trillo, Vhong Navarro, Carla Abellana, Paulo Avelino, Bangs Garcia, Enrique Gil and Mutya Orquia

Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako
A Fantasy/Comedy Movie

Directed by: Tony Reyes
Studio: Octoarts Films, M-Zet Productions, Imus Productions, APT Entertainment and GMA Films
Starring: Vic Sotto, Bong Revilla, Jr, Judy Ann Santos, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Jimmy Santos, Ruby Rodriguez, Allan K, John Lapus, Gwen Zamora, Bing Loyzaga, Aiza Seguerra, Sam Pinto, Alden Richards, Yassi Pressman and Kuya Manzano

A Comedy Movie

Directed by: Wenn V. Deramas
Studio: Star Cinema and Viva Films
Cast: Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Xyriel Manabat, Tirso Cruz III, DJ Durano and Bekimon

Sossy Problems
A Comedy Movie

Directed by: Andoy Ranay
Studio: GMA Films
Cast: Heart Evangelista, Rhian Ramos, Solenn Heussaff, Bianca King, Maxene Magalona, Aljur Abrenica, Benjamin Alves, Mikael Daez, Ruffa Gutierrez, Roderick Paulate and Robert Arevalo

The Strangers
A Horror Movie

Directed by: Lawrence Fajardo
Studio: Quantum Films
Cast: Enchong Dee, JM De Guzman, Enrique Gil, Julia Montes, Cherie Pie Picache, Janice De Belen, Jaime Fabregas and Johnny Revilla

Thy Womb
A Drama Movie

Directed by: Brillante Mendoza
Studio: Centerstage Productions
Cast: Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral

All Metro Manila Film Festival entries will be open for public viewing in local cinemas starting December 25, 2012 until the first week of January 2013. No foreign movies will be showcased during these times, so expect an all-Made-in-the-Philippines movie gathering  in your area.