Mother Lily doesn't think indie films are Christmas-appropriate

Mano Po 7 didn't make the cut for this year's MMFF.


( Regal Films matriarch Lily Monteverde isn't a fan of indie films during the holidays, apparently, saying these kinds of movies aren't appropriate for the season.


"There is a time for the indie movies. But not during the Christmas season. Christmas is for the family," she said in a report from ABS-CBN News.


The film Monteverde produced, Mano Po 7: Chinoy, was excluded from the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival lineup. Other films such as Vice Ganda's The Super Parental Guardians and Vic Sotto's Enteng Kabisote did not make the cut, either.


"Sana naman after this year, they [the MMFF screening committee] should understand—it's not that I'm teaching them pero all these poor people, mayroon silang mga bonus," she said. "Once they get their bonus, they bring the whole family to the movies to watch…Sayang lang nanghihinayang ako sa mga bata."


These movies are in this year's official lineup for the full-length category: Die Beautiful by Jun Robles Lana; Kabisera by Real Florido and Arturo San Agustin; Saving Sally by Avid Liongoren; Seklusyon by Erik Matti; Sunday Beauty Queen by Baby Ruth Villarama; Oro by Alvin Yapan; Vince Kath and James by Ted Boborol; and Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 by Marlon Rivera.



Short films that will be shown, meanwhile, are: Birds by Christian Paolo Lat; EJK by Bor Ocampo; Manila Scream by Roque Lee and Blair Camilo; Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad by Jarell Serencio; Mitatang by Arvin Jezer Gagui; Momo by Avid Liongoren; Passage of Life by Renz Vincemark Cruz and Hannah Daryl Gayapa; and Sitsiritsit by Brian Spencer Reyes.


MMFF screening chair Dr. Nicanor Tionson was asked why there was a lack this year of movies starring famous celebrities. He had this to say: "Let us not dumb down the audience."


We couldn't agree more.


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