ICYMI: Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto, and Coco Martin Are Back in This Year's MMFF
Is anyone surprised?
(SPOT.ph) The Metro Manila Film Festival almost always stirs some controversy when its entries are announced. This year is no exception, with the first four entries including some staple actors like Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto, and Coco Martin—with the latter two being in the same movie. (If it sounds all too familiar, that's because the same three actors also top-billed movies in the same festival in 2017.) The entries were announced on the official Facebook page of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) on June 29. According to the page, these entries were accepted based on their scripts. Here is the list of movies:
Produced by: Aurora Films
Directed by: Yam Laranas
Starring: Anne Curtis
Fantastica: The Princess, The Prince, and The Perya
Produced by: ABS-CBN Productions, Inc. and Viva Films
Directed by: Barry Gonzales
Starring: Vice Ganda, Maris Racal, Loisa Andalio, and Maymay Entrata
Girl in the Orange Dress
Produced by: Quantum Films and MJM Productions
Directed by: Jay Abello
Starring: Kim Chiu, Tom Rodriguez, Jessy Mendiola, Jericho Rosales, Sam Milby, and Keith Thompson
Popoy En Jack: The Puliscredibles
Produced by: CCM Film Productions, MZET Productions, and APT Entertainment
Directed by: Rodel Nacianceno
Starring: Vic Sotto and Coco Martin
The 2018 MMFF Selection Committee is headed by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, who was asked about the first four entries that were accepted. "Para sa akin, 'yong Aurora at saka 'yong Girl in the Orange Dress ang pinakamahusay sa puntong nakatutuwa ang takbo ng naratibo at saka may makabuluhang nilalaman ang script," he says in a report by Pep. He was also asked about Vice Ganda, Martin, and Sotto's movies. "Siyempre, si Vice Ganda ay garantisado nang makakaakit sa maraming manonood, ganun din sina Vic Sotto. So, ang apat na pelikula, inaasahan na doon sa apat na iyon, magiging matagumpay ang festival sa pag-akit sa manonood."
The next four entries for the 2018 MMFF wil be announced on September 21, while the deadline for the scripts for the Short Film Category is on August 31.