A Guide to The 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Official Entries

Christmas season is also MMFF season, and beginning December 25, the 41st edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival runs in theaters nationwide, offering 8 full-length official feature films to choose from, as well as 15 entries in the New Wave Section of the festival. Plan out your MMFF binge with this edition of The Click List.

Christmas season is also MMFF season, and beginning December 25, the 41st edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival runs in theaters nationwide, offering 8 full-length official feature films to choose from, as well as 15 entries in the New Wave Section of the festival.

Image from Metro Manila Film Festival Facebook

The annual film festival has already become a holiday tradition among the Filipinos, with the film festival entries screened at all cinemas across the country. Don't know which MMFF movie to watch? Here's a list of all the entries in this edition of The Click List.

1. All You Need Is Pag-Ibig

What it's about: It's a star-studded rom-com by Star Cinema featuring different storylines and pairings to show the many kinds of love.

Starring: Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion

Directed by: Antoinette Jadaone

2. Beauty and the Bestie

What it's about: A comedy gets a dose of action in this film from Star Cinema and Viva Films about a cop reuniting with his cross-dressing best friend to complete a mission.

Starring: Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid

Directed by: Wenn V. Deramas

3. Buy Now, Die Later

What it's about: This horror flick is about a mysterious shop selling items to different customers desperate for a quick fix for their problems in life. Everything works magically just as the shop owner says they would, until the rules of their contracts are broken.

Starring: Vhong Navarro, John Lapus, Alex Gonzaga, TJ Trinidad

Directed by: Randolph Longjas

4. Haunted Mansion

What it's about: A group of students hold a retreat in an old mansion, and one of them happens to have a gift of seeing ghosts.

Starring: Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortel, Janice De Belen, Iza Calzado

Directed by: Jun Lana

5. Honor Thy Father

What it's about: This crime thriller premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and is about a family caught in financial ruin after an investment scam.

Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Khalil Ramos

Directed by: Erik Matti

6. My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore

What it's about: A nerdy boy falls in love with a girl, and getting in the way of their blossoming relationship are each other's controlling parent figures who have their own issues.

Starring: Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai de las Alas

Directed by: Jose Javier Reyes

7. Nilalang

What it's about: A supernatural thriller where an investigator teams up with an heiress from Tokyo's criminal underworld yakuza to solve a series of unusual killings in Manila.

Starring: Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa

Directed by: Pedring Lopez

8. Walang Forever

What it's about: A rom-com that deals with the concept of an everlasting love. A writer for romantic comedy films starts to doubt the concept of 'forever' after a heartbreak, and things become even more complicated as her past returns into her life.

Starring: Jennylyn Mercado, Jericho Rosales, Lorna Tolentino

Directed by: Dan Villegas


Image from Metro Manila Film Festival Facebook

MMFF New Wave Section

The 15 indie films will be screened from December 17 to December 24 at Glorietta 4, SM Megamall and Robinsons Place Manila.

Finalists for Full Feature:

1. Mandirigma by Arlyn dela Cruz

2. Toto by John Paul Su

3. ARI: My Life with a King by Carlo Encisco

4. Turo-Turo by Ray An Dulay

5. Tandem by King Palisoc

Finalists for Animation:

  1. 8 by Johanna Kaye Boncodin
  2. Marvino's League of Superheroes by Ja Marti Escandor
  3. GEO by John Aurthur Mercader
  4. Little Lights by Rivelle Mallari
  5. Buttons by Marvel Obemio, Francis Ramirez, and Jared Garcia

Finalists for Short Film:

  1. Ding Mangasyas (Tough Guys) by Justine Emmanuel Dizon
  2. Lapis by Cariaga
  3. MUMU by Jean Cheryl Tagyamon
  4. Momento by Jan-Kyle Nieva
  5. Daisy by Bryan Reyes


For more information, visit the MMDA website (www.mmda.gov.ph), like MMFF on Facebook (/metromanilafilmfest) and follow on Twitter (@mmfilmfest).



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Movie Info

All You Need Is Pag-Ibig
Comedy | Family | Romance
Beauty And The Bestie
Action | Comedy
Buy Now, Die Later
Horror | Suspense | Thriller
Haunted Mansion
Horror | Suspense | Thriller
Honor Thy Father
Action | Crime | Drama | Suspense | Thriller
My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore
Comedy | Romance
Horror | Suspense | Thriller
#Walang Forever
Comedy | Romance


‘NIlalang’ Looks Amazing, but is Not Amazing
It just keeps trying to string together a bunch of theoretically “cool” scenes, hoping that the technical prowess can compensate for the deficiencies in the story.
‘Haunted Mansion’ is a Lot of Setup for a Nonsensical Climax
The sequences in the climax are set up for convenience, the threat as invincible or as vulnerable as the story needs it to be.
A Sincere Heart Fuels ‘All You Need is Pag-Ibig’
It offers interconnected stories of people falling in and out of love, pursuing their happiness as they wade through the complex feelings they might have for other people.
‘Beauty and the Bestie’ Thrives on Absurdity
One could and probably should ask for more than this, but in this particular context the film is an exemplar of what this genre can accomplish.
‘My Bebe Love’ Continues the Sad Tradition of Movies That Are Actually Commercials
People who aren't already fans of the two will likely be baffled, because without the context of their history and the circumstances of their coming together, it all just seems terribly forced.
‘Walang Forever’ Struggles with What it Wants to Be
The film seems to be conditioning the audience to accept where the film eventually goes, but it mostly does these scenes a disservice.
‘Honor Thy Father’ is One of the Best Films of the Year
This is the film that you’ve been waiting for: a serious, smart piece of work that wasn’t just hastily put together to meet the festival deadline.
‘Buy Now Die Later’ Provides a Solid Second Hour
The production design is just terrific, with every set littered with compelling details.
New Movies This Week: MMFF Entries Screen Nationwide Beginning Christmas Day
It's officially Christmas once the Metro Manila Film Festival entries are in all cinemas nationwide! Plan your holiday weekend ahead and choose which among these movies opening on December 25, you'll catch first.
Regal's "Shake, Rattle & Roll" Gives way to "Haunted Mansion"
REGAL Entertainment’s highly successful Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) horror trilogy franchise, Shake, Rattle & Roll, gives way this year to an even hair-raising, spine-chilling, bloodier, horrifying theater experience as the mother and daughter tandem of Lily Monteverde field Haunted Mansion right on Christmas Day.

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