Metro Manila filmfest unveils final four entries

The Metro Manila Film Festival unveiled last Wednesday the final four film entries that would complete the festival’s Magic 8. The first four was announced just a few months ago. 

Now on its 45th year, the MMFF is made even more special as it coincides with the Centennial Celebration of Philippine Cinema. It will be bigger and more meaningful, according to Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Danny Lim.

Upon the recommendation of MMFF’s selection committee headed by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, these are the remaining four entries selected from a pool of finished films: 

Culion is a historical film starring Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano and Jasmine Curtis-Smith under iOption Ventures Corp.

3pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon is an Ang Probinsyano-like action film starring Coco Martin. The actor, who directed his 2017 MMFF entry Ang Panday under his real name Rodel Nacianceno, is also in charge of directing his new film. 

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Mindanao marks the first collaborative project of Judy Ann Santos and award-winning director Brillante Mendoza. The film world-premiered in the recent Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Write About Love is TBA Studios’ romantic comedy film starring Miles Ocampo and Rocco Nacino.

The 45th MMFF will kick off with a Parade of Stars on December 22 in Taguig. The festival proper will run from December 25, 2019 to January 7, 2020. The Gabi ng Parangal will be on December 27 at the New Frontier Theater.

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