The first four films of the year’s Metro Manila Film Festival have been revealed!
The organization shared the list on its official Facebook page. The films are as follows: “Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan”, “Magikland”, “Praybeyt Benjamin 3”, and “The Exorcism of My Siszums.”
“Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan” is based on the mystery book of the same title written by famous local writer Bob Ong. It stars Joshua Garcia and Angie Ferro and will be produced by Regal Entertainment under the direction of Chito Roño (“Feng Shui”).
The story is told through the journal entries written by a student, Galo, residing in Manila who returns home to the province where he was raised by his grandmother, Susan, after learning she is ill. But as Galo cares for his ailing grandmother, he uncovers various mysteries and horrors that eventually makes him question his sanity.
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“Magikland”, produced by Brightlight Leisure Productions Inc./Gallaga Reyes Films and directed by Christian Acuña, will be a fantasy adventure film that’s 95% animated and stars a long list of actors, including Jun Urbano, Migs Cuaderno, Joshua Eugenio, Jamir Babarte, Dwight Gaston, Bibeth Orteza, Elijah Aleto, Princess Aliyah Rabara, Hailey Mendez, and Kenken Duyad.
In an interview with Philippine Star, producer Peque Gallaga describes the movie as a “place of fantasy existing in a video game for iPhones — the inspiration is from Pokémon the game. The attraction to the game is for the gamers to get the highest points in order to save Magikland from an evil dictator. When the four winners meet, they are transported to Magikland which is, indeed, in mortal danger.”
Meanwhile, “Praybeyt Benjamin 3″ will be the long-awaited third installment to Vice Ganda’s film series about a gay dance teacher who is forced to join the military in order to spare his ailing father. “The Exorcism of My Siszums,” on the other hand, is a comedy horror written and directed by Fifth Solomon that stars real-life siblings Toni Gonzaga and Alex Gonzaga.
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