2 ro­mances, a hor­ror flick, and a fam­ily drama make up the fi­nal four MMFF en­tries

Business World - - Arts & Leisure - — Zsar­lene B. Chua

AF­TER MONTHS of wait­ing, the Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val (MMFF) se­lec­tion com­mit­tee fi­nally an­nounced the fi­nal for of eight film en­tries which will be fea­tured in the fes­ti­val’s run from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7 in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide.

The MMFF se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, headed by Na­tional Artist for Literature Bien­venido Lum­bera, pre­vi­ously an­nounced the first four en­tries — cho­sen on their scripts — in June, while the last four en­tries — cho­sen from sub­mit­ted com­pleted films — were an­nounced on Oct. 9 at Club Filipino in Green­hills.

The four new films are Mary, Marry Me, a ro­man­tic com­edy by RC de­los Reyes star­ring Sam Milby, Toni Gon­zaga, and Alex Gon­zaga; One Great Love, a ro­man­tic film di­rected by Eric Quizon and star­ring Den­nis Trillo and Kim Chiu; OTLUM, a hor­ror film by Jovi­nor Tan and star­ring Ricci Rivero, Jerome Ponce, and John Estrada; and Rain­bow’s Sunset,a fam­ily drama by Joel La­mana­gan and star­ring Glo­ria Romero, Ed­die Gar­cia, and Tony Mabesa.

They join the first four films cho­sen from the script sub­mis­sions: Aurora, a hor­ror/thriller di­rected by Yam Laranas which is set in Batanes and stars Anne Cur­tis-Smith; Fan­tas­tica: The Princesses, the Prince and the Perya,

acom­edy di­rected by Barry Gon­za­lez and star­ring Jose Marie “Vice Ganda” Viceral, Maris Ra­cal, and May­may En­trata; Girl in the Orange Dress, a ro­man­tic com­edy di­rected by Jay Abello (Flot­sam, Namets!) which will fea­ture Jessy Men­di­ola, Jericho Ros­ales, Sam Milby, Tom Ro­driguez, and Kit Thompson; and Popoy en Jack, the Pulis­cred­i­bles, an action/com­edy di­rected by Rodel “Coco Martin” Na­cian­ceno fea­tur­ing him­self and Mar­vic Valentin “Vic” Sotto in the lead roles.

The MMFF is the coun­try’s largest film fes­ti­val, draw­ing enough of an au­di­ence to earn more than P1 bil­lion in re­cent years. It was es­tab­lished in 1974 “in recog­ni­tion of the role of the film in­dus­try in pro­vid­ing artis­tic de­pic­tions of both this coun­try’s sto­ries and his­tory” ac­cord­ing to the web­site of the Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMDA) which runs the fes­ti­val.

An ear­lier ver­sion of the fes­ti­val was set up in 1966 un­der the name Manila Film Fes­ti­val, ini­ti­ated by then-Mayor An­to­nio Vil­le­gas as a way of get­ting Filipino films into the city’s so-called “first run” the­aters which showed only Amer­i­can films back then as Filipino films were screened at se­cond tier cin­e­mas.

The fes­ti­val will run for two weeks start­ing Dec. 25 in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide. Dur­ing the run of the fes­ti­val, only the of­fi­cial en­tries are shown in the­aters. No for­eign films will be screened for the du­ra­tion.

ED­DIE GAR­CIA and Tony Mabesa in a scene from Rain­bow’s Sunset.

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