WATCH: Here Are Some of the Films Vying for a Slot in MMFF 2017
Which one are you rooting for?
(SPOT.ph) We're halfway into November, which means the Metro Manila Film Festival is right around the corner. It just so happens that the remaining four entries of the festival will be announced tomorrow, November 17.
This isn't an official list by any means, but here are some of the titles that are reportedly vying for a slot under the Finished Films category.
Directed by: Loy Arcenas
Stars: Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil, and Paulo Avelino
Boasting three National Artists, Ryan Cayabyab, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, and a talented ensemble of seasoned thespians, Ang Larawan seemed like a shoe-in for the MMFF. Instead, this period film-slash-musical's script was snubbed and the now-finished film—which earned a rave review from Variety—was still submitted to the Finished Films category.
Directed by: Paul Soriano
Stars: Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith
Though the team behind Siargao has yet to officially confirm their plans to join the MMFF, the movie has been part of the conversation from the very beginning. As of writing, plot details are still being kept under wraps.
Madilim Ang Gabi
Directed by: Adolfo Alix Jr.
Stars: Gina Alajar, Phillip Salvador, and Cherie Gil
Although writer-director Adolfo Alix Jr. hasn't confirmed submitting his new movie to the MMFF, Madilim Ang Gabi is already making rounds in the international festival circuit. So far, it has made stops in the Toronto International Film Festival, the Tokyo FILMeX, and Poland's Five Flavors Film Festival.
My Fairy Tale Love Story
Directed by: Perci Intalan
Stars: Janella Salvador, Kiko Estrada, and Elmo Magalona
Like Siargao, this lighthearted title from Regal Films and The IdeaFirst Company was previously mentioned as a possible entry to the festival. According to earlier reports, the film is an unlikely take on the mermaid myth we so often see.
Aside from these titles, there were also other highly anticipated indie films that were reportedly in the running to join the festival. Despite initial reports, Smaller and Smaller Circles wasn't submitted to the festival and will instead be released on December 6; Erik Matti's Buy Bust was supposed to be submitted but after the controversy surrounding the new selection process, was pulled out by the director; and director Mike de Leon flat-out refused to submit Citizen Jake at all.
Four other movies have already been accepted under the Submitted Scripts category: Ang Panday (starring Coco Martin), The Revengers (starring Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, and Pia Wurtzbach), All of You (starring Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay), and Meant to Beh (starring Vic Sotto and Dawn Zulueta).