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:

 

Aurora

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."

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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.

 

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