GUIDE: Metro Manila Film Festival 2015

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Now on its 41st year, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) offers 8 full-length feature films. As a rule, no foreign films are shown in Philippine cinemas and theaters in order to showcase locally produced films. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will still be shown in IMAX theaters during the film festival.

This annual event is organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The film festival runs from December 25, 2015 until first week of January 7, 2016.

The following are the official entries to MMFF 2015:

ALL YOU NEED IS PAG-IBIG

all you need is pag-ibig mmff posterRated PG, 116 mins.
Starring: Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Bimby Aquino Yap
Directed by Antoinette Jadaone
Studios: Star Cinema, K Productions

To remind everyone how inspiring it is to love and to feel loved, the powerhouse ensemble – Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Nova Villa, Ronaldo Valdez, Pokwang, James “Bimby” Yap, and Julia and Talia Concio – join forces for this 2015 Metro Manila Film Fest entry. A heartwarming romantic and family movie, “All You Need Is Pag-ibig” explores and celebrates the complexity of human relationships in all their forms. The movie features varied forms of love: family love, sibling love, puppy love, unrequited love, ruined love, prospering love, in denial love, jaded love, and true love, among others. After all, what the world needs now is love.

BEAUTY AND THE BESTIE

beauty and the bestie mmff posterRated PG, 116 mins.
Starring: Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Ellen Adarna, Marco Antonio Masa, Alonzo Muhlach, Isabel Oli, Karla Estrada
Directed by Wenn V. Deramas
Studios: Star Cinema, Viva Films

Estranged best friends Ericka and Emman, played by Vice Ganda and Coco Martin, respectively, will be “reunited” for the latter’s special mission as a spy agent. Emman must convince Ericka to pretend as the missing beauty pageant contestant Natalia Thalia who got abducted during her stay in the country. This is to keep the country safe from the wrath of Natalia Thalia’s father, who is capable of annihilating the entire Philippines. Of course, the hit tandem of James Reid and Nadine Lustre is also there to complete the fun and kilig.

BUY NOW, DIE LATER

122515 Buy Now Die Later posterRated PG, 126 mins.
Starring: Alex Gonzaga, Vhong Navarro, TJ Trinidad, Rayver Cruz, John Lapus, Janine Gutierrez, Lotlot de Leon, Jojit Lorenzo, Elora Españo, Paolo ‘O Hara, Kiki Baento
Directed by: Randolph Longjas
Studio: Quantum Films

The film is about a compendium of five interrelated stories brought together by the proprietor of a curio shop selling unusual items. Santi (portrayed by TJ Trinidad), who says the role is kind of demonic. Each of the character’s story is weaved around the five senses – sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste.

HAUNTED MANSION

122515 Haunted MansionRated PG, 100 mins.
Starring: Marlo Mortel, Janella Salvador, Jerome Ponce, Sharlene San Pedro, Iza Calzado, LJ Reyes, Janice de Belen, Dominic Ochoa, Ingrid dela Paz, Joem Bascon, Allan Paule, Eliza Pineda, Phytos Ramirez, Archie Adamos, Devon Seron, Paulo Gumabao, Lilet, Sue Prado, Vangie Labalan
Directed by: Jun Lana
Studio: Regal Entertainment

A group of high school students spends the night in an old mansion. When they learn that the house is haunted, they set to look out for ghosts just for fun, but they find out soon enough that the urban legends are real.

HONOR THY FATHER

122515 Honor Thy Father posterRated R-13, 105 mins.
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Khalil Ramos, Tirso Cruz III, Yayo Aguila, Dan Fernandez, Krystal Brimner, Perla Bautista, Dalin Sarmiento, William Martinez, Lander Vera Perez, Boom Labrusca
Directed by: Erik Matti
Studio: Reality Entertainment

A family is caught in a financial ruin after being involved in a ponzi scheme.

MY BEBE LOVE: #KiligPaMore

my bebe love kiligpamore posterRated PG, 107 mins.
Starring: Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Valeen Montenegro, Paolo Ballesteros, Louise delos Reyes, Yassi Pressman, Lovi Poe, Ryzza Mae Dizon
Studios: GMA Films, OctoArts Films, M-ZET TV Production, APT Entertainment, MEDA Productions

Dondi (Alden Richards) is a nerd and an obedient nephew to his aunt Cora (Ai-Ai de las Alas) who makes decisions for him. Meanwhile, Anna (Maine Mendoza) is a stubborn and rebellious girl who seeks the attention of her father Vito (Vic Sotto). Dondi and Anna cross path and their different personalities collide. They eventually fall in love with each other and solve their own problems. Vito and Cora are bitter business competitors and because of their rivalry, they disapproved the romantic relationship between Dondi and Anna.

NILALANG

nilalang mmff posterRated R-16, 90 mins.
Starring: Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa, Meg Imperial, Yam Concepcion, Roxanne Barcelo, Troy Montero, Pocholo Barretto, Kiko Matos, Dido de la Paz, Aubrey Miles
Directed by: Pedring Lopez
Studio: Haunted Towers Pictures, Inc.

Nilalang tackles the underbelly of corrupt Philippine cops with the Japanese ‘Yakuza’ and its links to a centuries’ old curse that may be responsible for the spate of serial killings happening in Manila.

#WALANGFOREVER

122515 Walang Forever posterRated PG, 124 mins.
Starring: Jennylyn Mercado, Jericho Rosales, Lorna Tolentino, Matet de Leon, Jerald Napoles, Carlo Aquino
Directed by: Dan Villegas
Studio: Quantum Films

Mia, a celebrated writer of romantic-comedy films, is at a turning point in her life which makes it difficult for her to believe that love could last. Everything comes to a head when Ethan returns, only for her to find out that he has become a cynic of lasting love because she broke his heart.

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