Familiar names top the Metro Manila Film Festival 2011 Official Entries that they can already be called MMFF regulars. Not that we don’t like them, but as long as they are raking in money and winning awards, the likes of Ai-Ai delas Alas, Vic Sotto, and Bong Revilla will keep on coming back.
Eight MMFF 2011 finalists made the cut in the grandest movie festival in the Philippines which will happen on the last week of December through first week of January.
Magic 8: Metro Manila Film Festival 2011 Official Entries
1. “Enteng ng Ina Mo” (Star Cinema, M-Zet, and APT)
Star Cinema have learned that combining two big movies like Enteng Kabisote and Agimat earns the most money, which happened last MMFF 2010. This time, they are trying the combination of Ina Montecillo and Enteng Kabisote.
What’s next? Will they try “Agimat ng Tanging Ina Mo” next year? What about “Ang Tanging Ina Nyo, Enteng at Agimat”?
Enteng ng Ina Mo is directed by Tony Y. Reyes. Below is the full movie trailer.
2. “Hototay” (Regal Films and SMDC)
Hototay is a family comedy starring John Lapus, Ruffa Gutierrez, Andi Eigenmann, Lovi Poe and Melai Cantiveros. According to Mother Lily Monteverde, Hototay expands from Mano Po film series by adding more nationalities like Indian.
Hototay is directed by Joel Lamangan.
3. “Mr Wong” (RP Studios)
Mr. Wong is directed by Trina Dayrit and Retchie del Carmen.
4. “My House Husband” (OctoArts)
With Jose Javier Reyes on the helm, this Juday-Ryan movie will no doubt follow the footsteps of their previous movies Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo and Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo. Short sequences, fast-paced storytelling, witty dialogues.
However, we can’t be sure My House Husband will be a blockbuster like the previous movies because there are bigger competitions in the arena.
5. “Panday 2” (Imus Productions and GMA Films)
In the 2009 MMFF, Panday was proclaimed Best Picture and Bong Revilla was awarded Best Actor. In this second installment of the Pinoy blacksmith hero, GMA Films and Imus Production strives to do it again. Philip Salvador reprises the role of Lizardo, while Marian Rivera and Iza Calzado join the cast.
Plus, this is said to be the first live action Filipino film to be released in 3D.
Panday 2 is directed by Mac Alejandre.
6. “Segunda Mano” (MJM Productions and Star Cinema)
Kris Aquino is back with another hair-raising do-you-believe-in-superstitions kind of horror. This time, she is paired for the first time with Dingdong Dantes. From the movie title, we can infer that Kris Aquino will be dealing with a ghost who can’t let go.
Segunda Mano is also said to star Angelica Panganiban.
7. “Shake, Rattle and Roll 13” (Regal Films)
Is MMFF complete without a Shake, Rattle and Roll entry?
For the 13th time, Shake, Rattle and Roll will give us three episodes that promise goose bumps. This time it will star Eugene Domingo, Kathryn Bernardo, Albie Casiño, Maricar Reyes and Paulo Avelino.
The three episodes are directed by Chris Martinez (Rain, Rain, Go Away), Richard Somes (Tamawo), and Jerrold Tarog (Parola).
8. “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (Regal Entertainment)
After the controversial issue that faced the Diamond Star, Ms. Maricel Soriano is back on the big screen with Gabby Concepcion. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is directed by Jun Lana.
Three other movies which were submitted for consideration to the MMFF committee but did not make it to the finals were:
1. Love Will Lead You Back (CineMedia) starring Judy Anne Santos, Coco Martin, Gina Pareño and Maja Salvador by CineMedia.
2. Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story starring George ER Estregan, Philip Salvador, Baron Geisler, Sam Pinto, Bangs Garcia, and Carla Abellana. Update: This movie is officially included in the list of movies in the MMFF 2011. Below is the trailer for this movie:
• "Hari ng Tondo" by Gloc-9 Featuring Denise, OST Asiong Salonga
3. Kimmy Dora in d Temple of Kiyeme (Spring Films) starring Eugene Domingo.
According to MMFF executive committee head Francis Tolentino, independent films will also be a part of this years Metro Manila Film Festival like last year. However, the committee will set a theme with which the movies will adhere to.
This year, there will be a student short film category and a full-length category for seasoned filmmakers. Below are the shortlist of included in the Short Film and Full-Length Categories:
Student Short Film Category
• “Payaso” – La Salle Lipa;
• “Adivino” – Asia Pacific Film Institute;
• “Sanayan Lang ang Pagpatay” – Ateneo de Naga University;
• “Biyahe ni Barbie” – College of St. Benilde School of Digital Arts;
• “Oras” – International Academy of Film & Television, Cebu;
• “Mate” – Colegio de San Juan de Letran;
• “I See Everything” – Southville International School;
• “Bagong Ligo” – Mapua M.A.S.;
• “Speechless” – Miriam College; and
• “Ulan – Pixel Art, La Consolacion College
• “Haruo” by Adolf Alix;
• “Ritwal” by Yeng Grande;
• “HIV” by Neal Tan, “Dyagwar” by Ogie Diaz and Sid Pascua; and
• “Pintakasi” by Imee Marcos and Nelson Caguila