|2016 Metro Manila Film Festival entries|
Sunday, December 25, 2016, is officially Christmas Day, but it's also the start of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival where the best Filipino movies are shown only in theaters up until the 7th of January, 2017. For this year, all of the eight films selected by the movie have almost no gimmicks, no show-offs, and best of all, no non-sense because out of the eight films, there are some films that generated quite a buzz in the global stage.
So, what to see at this year's Metro Manila Film Festival?
- Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough - The sequel to the 2011 indie film shown at the Cinemalaya stars comedienne Eugene Domingo, Kean Cipriano, and Jericho Rosales. This sequel is a satirical take on the mainstream film industry so you can expect lots and lots of references.
- Die Beautiful - Winner of the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival, this film stars Eat Bulaga presenter Paolo Ballesteros as a transgender who dies in a beauty pageant and her final wish is to "die beautiful" and become a celebrity for every evening of her wake.
- Kabisera - Starring the legendary Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, and Jason Abalos, this film is based on real events that happens in Batangas, revolving a close-knit family that copes up with violent crimes and extrajudicial killings, sociopolitical issues that the country is facing right now.
- Oro - This suspenseful film stars Irma Adlawan, Joem Bascon, and Mercedes Cabral and its about a people in a small mining community that encounters trouble when an armed group claiming to be environmentalists made them miserable and ruled with an iron fist.
- Saving Sally - This film took 12 years to finish it and now it's finally ready to be shown at the Metro Manila Film Festival. Starring Enzo Marcos and Rhian Ramos, this live-action/cartoon hybrid film is packed with love, monsters, and gadgets, in the eyes of a comic book artists falling in love with his best friend Sally.
- Seklusyon - Set in the 1940s, this film directed by Erik Matti is about a ritual of seclusion where new priests in training confine themselves in a retreat and left to confront their inner demons and the arrival of a nun and a child.
- Sunday Beauty Queen - This is the only documentary flick in this year's festival that premiered at this year's Busan International Film Festival. It highlights on the life and times of Filipina OFWs working by any day, became beauty queens by Sundays.
- Vince & Kath & James - Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto, and Ronnie Alonte played their titular roles in this teen flick based on an online "textserye" series that went viral.
The 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival will begin on Christmas Day 2016 up until the 7th of January, 2017. Who will be the best among the rest?