ENTERTAINMENT: These Are The 8 Official Entries For the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival!

When In Manila, Christmas season also means MMFF season. The Metro Manila Film Festival is an annual event showcasing Filipino films, and it runs from December 25 to the first week of January the next year.

These are the eight official entries for the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival.

8. SAVING SALLY

Directed by Alvid Liongoren

Genre: Indie, rom-com, sci-fi

A familiar coming-of-age story told with super-stylized visuals. The project blends live action, 2d animation and an abundance of warm, fuzzy feelings to create a totally unique and loveable little film.

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7.  DIE BEAUTIFUL

Directed by Jun Robles Lana

Genre: Comedy drama

Die Beautiful is a story of Trisha, a transgender woman who competes in beauty contests. As part of her request before her death, her wish was to remain beautiful.

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6. KABISERA

Directed by Arturo San Agustin & Real Florido

Genre: Family drama

A Filpino family deals with hooded people who are involved in extra-judicial killings and other abuses in Philippine society.

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5. VINCE AND KATH AND JAMES

Directed by Theodore Boborol

Genre: Romance

The film is based on Vince and Kath, an online series written by Jenny Ruth Almocera. It is about the story of two lovestruck teenagers, Vince and Kath, that is told through text messages.

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4 ORO

Directed by Alvin Yapan

Genre: Drama, crime thriller, narrative

When nature becomes an excuse for violence, everything that is gold turns into blood.

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3. SEKLUSYON

Directed by Erik Matti

Genre: Horror

Set in 1947, the story revolves around the old ritual done by the church where deacons or aspiring priests are sent in a secluded area on the last seven days of their training. The purpose of this seclusion is to shield them from evil.

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2. SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN

Directed by Babyruth Villarama Gutirerrez

Genre: documentary

A Filipina maid dreams to become Hong Kong’s most beautiful queen—not for self-worth, but to save lives, to change the abusive system, and to be happy inside.

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1. ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK  PART 2

Directed by Marlon Rivera and Chris Martinez

Genre: Comedy, drama

Eugene prepares for her comeback vehicle after a long sabbatical from moviemaking. Rainier (her director/writer) proposes “The Itinerary,” a heartbreaking anatomy of a crumbling marriage as told through a couple’s trip to Baguio, their former honeymoon location. Eugene Domingo is excited by the project but she has other ideas in mind. In the film-within-the-film, we see Eugene’s absurd suggestions and recommendations — changing Rainier’s script by employing the poetics of the Pinoy romantic comedy genre into what is supposedly a realistic portrayal of love and marriage.

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We’ve made a compilation of the entries’ official movie trailers, too. Check it out HERE.

Which films will you be watching this MMFF season? Share your thoughts with us!

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