MMFF 2014 official entries bared
June 21, 2014 (updated)
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and MMFF chair Francis Tolentino announced over the weekend the eight official entries to the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival, some of which are sequels.
Notably, the stars of last year’s big hit “My Little Bossings,” namely Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Ryzza Mae Dizon and Bimby Yap, go their separate ways this year.
Sotto and Dizon will headline the film’s sequel to be directed by Joyce Bernal, Marlon Rivera and Tony Reyes (OctoArts Films, Mzet Films, APT Ent. Inc.) dubbed, “My Big Bossing’s Adventures.”
Aquino will be doing “Feng Shui 2” (ABS-CBN Productions and Star Cinema) with director Chito S. Roño; while Yap will reportedly be part of “Praybeyt Benjamin 2” (ABS-CBN Productions-Star Cinema and VIVA Productions) directed by Wenn Deramas and starring Vice Ganda and Richard Yap.
Dingdong Dantes and Erik Matti also returns with “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2” (Reality Entertainment, GMA Films and Agostodos Pictures); while Regal Entertainment is fielding the 15th installment of their horror anthology “Shake, Rattle and Roll” helmed this time by Jerrold Tarog.
ER Ejercito will join the festival for the third straight year with “Magnum Muslim .357” (Scenema Concept International Inc.) as directed by Jun Posadas.
Last year’s MMFF Best Actor Robin Padilla collaborates with director Lawrence Williams in the historical biopic “Bonifacio: Gusto Mo Ba Siya Makilala?” (Philippians Productions & Events Inc.).
“Napakarami nang kabataan ang hindi nakakakilala (kay Bonifacio). At ’yung iba naman, ang pangit ng pagkakakilala (sa kanya). Kaya parang naging battlecry namin ni direk Enzo na kailangan natin siya uling ipakilala, kung sino talaga siya… (Most of the youth have no idea who Bonifacio is, while others have a bad impression of him. It is my and director Enzo’s battlecry to reintroduce him to people, to show them who he really is),” said Padilla, who was present during the announcement of this year’s entries.
Dan Villegas’ romantic comedy “English Only, Please,” starring Angeline Quinto and Sam Milby (Quantum Films Inc., Heaven’s Best Entertainment), rounds out the list.
In the event that a film is suddenly withdrawn from the festival then Paul Soriano’s “Kid Kulafu” (Ten17 Productions) and Elwood Perez’ “Kung ang Hanap Mo ay Ligaya sa Buhay” (T-Rex Ent.) could take the slot.
Tolentino hopes the festival will continue to earn big this year, especially with the restoration of some cinemas in Tacloban and Leyte, which were destroyed by super-typhoon “Yolanda” last year.