This Christmas, Filipino films are put front and center once more in cinemas with the latest entries of the Metro Manila Film Festival!
Comprised of eight films, this year’s MMFF entries were picked based on artistic excellence, commercial appeal, Filipino cultural values, and global appeal, with different genres ranging from comedy to horror to romance. Check out the eight MMFF movies that will arrive in cinemas nationwide starting December 25.
Directed by Mikhail Red
Starring Nadine Lustre, Louise Delos Reyes, McCoy De Leon, and Jeffrey Hidalgo.
This upcoming horror movie follows the story of Lyra whose job is to review online content to make sure that the most graphic and disturbing content will be deleted from online platforms. While Lyra seems unfazed by the videos she sees every day, she secretly hides a deep trauma donning an apathetic face while doing her job.
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina
Starring Vice Ganda and Ivana Alawi
This upcoming comedy movie tells the story of two exes whose paths crossed once again, but when they get involved in a crime, the duo must find a way out of their dilemma together.
Directed by Nuel Naval
Starring Noel Trinidad and Liza Lorena
This tear-jerking dramedy centers on a family whose members squabble with each other over who will take care of their stroke-stricken father.
Directed by Coco Martin
Starring Coco Martin and Jodi Sta. Maria
Trisha, who had spent two decades in the US, comes home to the Philippines to try to move on from a recent breakup. Here, she stumbles upon a quirky boyfriend-for-hire business and signs a contract to spend a few days with a charming guy named Gibo, who promises to help heal her heart.
Directed by Joel Lamangan
Starring Dimples Romana, Sean de Guzman, Jake Cuenca, and Tiffany Grey
A lawyer takes in the son of his former client after surviving a massacre. Soon, the complicated relationships between the family members would lead to the revelation of shocking secrets and harbored feelings.
Directed by Lester Dimaranan
Starring Aljur Abrenica, Edu Manzano, Paolo Gumabao, and Claudine Barretto
This new film tells the story of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) officers who died on their mission during the tragic Mamasapano clash of 2015.
Directed by Shugo Praico
Starring Ian Veneracion, Heaven Peralejo, and Mon Confiado
This romantic thriller follows a young lady who forms a secret relationship with a corrupt police officer, acting as his “sugar baby”.
Directed by Paul Soriano
Starring Joey de Leon and Toni Gonzaga
A high school teacher learns her most valuable lesson in life after meeting a 70-year-old student.
The 48th MMFF will run from December 25 to January 7, 2023, in theaters nationwide. The Gabi Ng Parangal will be held on December 27.