Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Eight official entries selected for 37th Metro Manila Film Festival


Eight entries will be competing for the 37th edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Metro Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman and 2011 MMFF executive committee head Francis Tolentino recently announced the entries that were chosen to take part in the 37th edition of the MMFF.

After competing against each other in last year's edition, Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai delas Alas have decided to come together for Enteng ng Ina Mo. Tony Reyes will direct this comedy-fantasy produced by ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc., M-Zet TV Productions, APT Productions, and OctoArts Films.

Senator Bong Revilla once again reprises the role of the famous blacksmith in Panday 2, wherein he will star opposite Marian Rivera and Iza Calzado. Phillip Salvador will also be joining them in this fantasy-action directed by Mac Alejandre and produced by Imus Productions Inc and GMA Films.

Kris Aquino will return to the horror genre via MJM Productions' Segunda Mano, with Dingdong Dantes as her leading man.

Robin Padilla will topbill the action-adventure titled Mr. Wong. Trina Dayrit and Retchie del Carmen will direct this film produced by RP Studio.

Judy Ann Santos will make her showbiz comeback through a romantic comedy with her real-life husband, Ryan Agoncillo. Jose Javier Reyes will helm OctoArts Films' My HouseHusband.

After producing the period film Rosario last year, Studio5 offers a contemporary drama titled Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. Dennis Trillo will get to work anew with Heart Evangelista while getting the chance to star opposite Carla Abellana and Ritz Azul for this Jun Lana film.

Regal Entertainment Inc. fielded two entries this year: a family comedy titled Hototay and the horror trilogy Shake, Rattle & Roll 13. SRR 13 will be starring Eugene Domingo, Paulo Avelino, Lovi Poe, Kathryn Bernardo, Albie CasiƱo and Maricar Reyes. The three segments will be directed by Chris Martinez ("Lunod"), Richard Somes ("Tamawo") and Jerrold Tarog ("Parola").

Regal partnered with SMDC for Hototay, which will be topbilled by John "Sweet" Lapus, Ruffa Gutierrez, Andi Eigenmann, Lovi Poe, and Melai Cantiveros. Joel Lamangan will helm this movie. Mother Lily Monteverde, matriarch of Regal, explained why Hototay is different from the Mano Po film series that they did in the past. "Iba naman ito, some characters have mixed nationalities like Indian."

The criteria used for selecting the films are as follows: a) story, creativity, global appeal (40%); b) commercial viability (50%) and c) Filipino cultural and historical value (10%).

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