MMFF 2018 Opens This Christmas. Which Film Are You Planning To Watch?
The 44th edition of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival opens on Christmas Day, December 25. Eight full-length films with genres ranging from romance, drama, horror, fantasy, action, and comedy will be featured in local movie theaters from December 25, 2018 until January 7, 2019.
If you’re still unsure which movie to watch this Christmas, here’s a quick rundown of MMFF 2018’s “magic eight” lineup.
One Great Love by Enrico S. Quizon
Zyra Paez (Kim Chiu) is in search of her one great love, who she has always thought comes in the form of her ex-boyfriend Carl Mauricio (J.C. de Vera). When Carl returns, the pair decides to give their relationship one more try. But in the process of finding “the one,” Zyra gets torn between Carl and Ian Arcano (Dennis Trillo), a heart doctor who she befriends and later on and becomes her confidante.
(Starring Dennis Trillo, JC De Vera and Kim Chiu)
Mary, Marry Me by RC Delos Reyes
Real-life Gonzaga sisters star in this romance comedy about two sisters finding themselves at odds with each other over one guy (Sam Milby). This movie marks Alex and Toni’s first project together, and is produced by Toni’s husband, Paul Soriano.
(Starring Toni Gonzaga, Alex Gonzaga, Sam Milby)
Jack em Popoy: The Puliscredibles by Mike Tuviera
Three big names in local showbiz industry come together for an action thriller comedy film about police officers on a mission to stop crimes.
(Starring Coco Martin, Vic Sotto, Maine Mendoza)
Fantastica by Barry Gonzalez
Fantastica is the only fantasy-comedy film in this year’s lineup, produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films. The story revolves around the owners’ attempts of saving their derelict carnival called Perya Wurtzbach, and their adventures with the citizens of Fantastica, a mystical realm that is somehow connected to the amusement park.
(Starring Vice Ganda, Richard Gutierrez, Dingdong Dantes)
Aurora by Yam Laranas
When a ship named Aurora crashed near a far-flung island, Leana (Anne Curtis) was tapped to find victims’ bodies underwater, for a hefty sum. Although apprehensive at first she eventually agrees mainly with the objective of bringing peace back to their island.
(Starring Anne Curtis)
Otlum by Joven Tan
What could go wrong when you put a group of stubborn teenagers inside an abandoned house on their own? A lot of things, at least basing from Otlum’s synopsis. It follows the story of a group of friends who dare each in the spirit of solidarity, but find themselves faced with unnatural forces they have disturbed. It is one of the two horror movies in this year’s lineup.
(Starring Jerome Ponce, Ricci Rivero, John Estrada)
The Girl in the Orange Dress by Jay Abello
Anna (Jessy Mendiola) wakes up in an unfamiliar hotel room with a top-star celebrity, Rye (Jericho Rosales), lying naked beside her. With no recollection of the events that transpired the night before, she attempts to escape the room without coming in contact with the media and Rye’s die-hard fans, which includes her own best friend.
(Starring Jericho Rosales, Jessy Mendiola)
Rainbow’s Sunset by Joel Lamangan
After being a closeted gay for decades, Ramon Estrealla (Eddie Garcia) decides to come out as to his family in order to take care of his sick long-time lover, whom his children have known as Tito Fredo since they were little. The movie deals with the challenges LGBT members face everyday, which they sometimes have to silently carry on their own for many years.
(Starring Eddie Garcia, Tony, Mabesa, Gloria Romero)