All The Movies You Need To Watch At MMFF 2016
Just as how gatherings are customary to people in the country during the Christmas season, it is also customary for Filipinos to catch a Metro Manila Film Festival movie entry or more at this time of the year. To those not familiar with the festival, the MMFF 2016 is an annual event showcasing various Filipino movies that is culminated with a highly anticipated awards night.
Over the previous years, however, people have noticed that the MMFF 2016 movie entries have become more of a product placement than an actual movie. While we will always be supportive of anything Filipino done with considerable effort, we can’t deny that the Metro Manila Film Festival entries of the past years have lost their luster to the point of degradation.
This year’s entries surprised us bringing back a new wave of anticipation for MMFF 2016. The line-up has lost the overused mainstays, overused plotlines, and overused movie franchises. This, we are very happy about. This year actually features more independent productions with more significant storylines and themes. The criteria for judging is also reinstated to give emphasis in the quality of the film itself rather than having ticket sales as basis.
This month brings a fresh new batch of well-crafted Filipino movies, and we’re excited!
1Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #Forever Is Not Enough
Starring: Eugene Domingo, Jericho Rosales, Kean Cipriano, Khalil Ramos and Cai Cortez
Director: Marlon Rivera
Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2, just like the first movie, is seemingly a satire about the movie-making industry and the people involved in it. The production is light-hearted. This is the movie you should watch if you love comedies. It’s brilliant, however, beneath all its light elements is a commentary on the film industry. It has a movie in a movie concept. So meta.
Starring: Rhed Bustamante, Phoebe Walker, Elora Espano, Neil Ryan Sese, Ronnie Alonte, Lou Veloso, Dominique Roque, John Vic De Guzman, JR Versales
Director: Erik Matti
Seklusyon is the only horror film entry in MMFF 2016. The movie is set in the earlier years of the 1900s. It talks about the tradition done by incoming priests, who were put into seclusion to keep themselves away from the devil’s temptation. The horror happens when the devil seemed to have found its way to the priests in hiding.
Starring: Joem Bascon, Mercedes Cabral, Irma Adlawan
Director: Alvin Yapan
Oro focuses on the life of a miner whose purpose is to earn a decent living enough to sustain the woman he’s about to marry. Then comes the struggle between the government and an environmental organization, causing conflict between different sectors of the rural society. The movie talks about life and the struggles that come with it.
Starring: Paolo Ballesteros
Director: Jun Robles Lana
This highly acclaimed movie has already been premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival. The Filipino audience is now given the chance to see this masterful creation starring Paolo Ballesteros. It tells of the journey of Trish, a transwoman, and the highs and lows of her glamorous life to her glamorous death.
5Vince and Kath and James
Starring: Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Ronnie Alonte
Director: Ted Boborol
Vince and Kath and James started as a social media sensation and launched the textserye trend. The love story involving Vince, Kath, and James is coming alive on screen with Julia Barretto as Kath, the center of the love triangle. It’s fresh, it’s fun, it’s trendy, and it’s light-hearted.
Starring: Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, JC De Vera, Jason Abalos, Victor Neri, RJ Agustin
Director: Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido
Kabisera features award-winning actors headed by no less than Nora Aunor. Kabisera tells the story of a seemingly perfect family whose members find themselves in conflict with law enforcers. It puts the spotlight on Nora Aunor, who seems to be the kind of mother that keeps the family together. It promises to be a heavy film, yet brutally honest.
Starring: Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos
Director: Avid Liongoren
This movie took over 10 years to make. That alone is one reason for you to watch this MMFF 2016 movie entry! One can just imagine the amount of effort and determination to make this film. Saving Sally is a rom-com starring Rhian Ramos and Enzo Marcos set in an animated environment. Saving Sally, being not your ordinary love story, tells of a boy who is in love with a girl who is in love with a robot. It’s a simple yet crazy plot set in a highly imaginary world.
To say the least, we’re very excited for MMFF 2016. It is honorable for an award-giving body to pave the way for independent films to reach a wider set of spectators. Support these Filipino films these Christmas! Let us know which ones you’re betting for the awards night by commenting below.