The 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival is just around the corner, and it’s definitely going to be a fresh new take on the Filipino movie scene. The hype is real, and you can expect each film entry to pack punches with their own concepts of creativity and gimmicks. To excite you, here’s a sneak peek of the list of official entries to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
ALL YOU NEED IS PAG-IBIG
(formerly Mr. and Mrs. Split)
A romantic comedy starring Kris Aquino and Derek Ramsay, All You Need is Pag-ibig features a narrative that comically showcases the inconveniences of having a bad relationship—sure to give viewers the occasional nod, smile, and laugh. Even with the original leading man, QC mayor Herbert Bautista, backing out, the film will still be nothing short of fantastic.
BEAUTY AND THE BESTIE
Very much like Vic Sotto, Vice Ganda has become a staple in the Metro Manila Film Festival. This year, he stars with all-around actor, Coco Martin. This is the fourth collaborative effort of Vice Ganda and director Wenn Deramas, following up their previous successful box office hits, so expect another big hit in the making.
BUY NOW, DIE LATER
(formerly Death and Senses)
Buy Now, Die Later is a horror film with an impressive cast led by Rayver Cruz, Vhong Navarro, Alex Gonzaga, Janine Gutierrez, Lotlot de Leon, and John Lapus. The film features five stories circling on the five senses. With a mix of jump scares and gripping moments, this one would definitely leave you frightened and paranoid in the middle of the night.
(formerly Honor Thy Father)
A much-anticipated action and crime drama from internationally-acclaimed director Erik Matti, Conman centers on a family left in financial problems after taking part in a ponzi scheme. One of the most exciting things in Conman is John Lloyd Cruz’s notable role which takes on a fresh and daring approach, different from his usual romantic or boy-next-door roles.
Another horror film to fill in the gap of the absence of Shake, Rattle, Roll to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival is Haunted Mansion. The film starring Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortel, Jerome Ponce, Janice De Belen, and Iza Calzado is peppered with supernatural surprises mixed-in with an eerie backdrop and ambiance.
MY BEBE LOVE
(formerly Romcom-in Mo Ako)
This year’s offering from Mr. Enteng Kabisote is a romantic comedy featuring the country’s comedy queen and phenomenal love team. This would be the debut movie of Aldub (Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza) following the massive success of their noontime variety show. Phenomenal kilig coupled with the powerful, comedy tandem of bossing Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai Delas Alas, My Bebe Love is expected to break the local box office.
NILALANG (THE ENTITY)
Nilalang (The Entity), starring Cesar Montano and Maria Ozawa, is a supernatural horror, thriller that seems to bring in something new to the 2015 MMFF. Riddled with blood and bullets, this film is about the exploits of a forensic expert in trying to crack a case relating to the Yakuza and the corrupt Philippine police force. The film transcends realism as it gives the audiences a new take on combining hardcore action and Philippine lore.
A third rom-com this year for Jennylyn Mercado, Walang Forever circles on the concept of forever, the popular thoughts, as well as differing opinions on it. Witty, sweet, and full of Pinoy humor, this film is a must see for anyone looking to bring out the sappiness in them.
Have you picked your movies, yet? This year’s festival promises an interesting variety of films, so why not schedule movie-marathon days with family and friends?
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