The Metro Manila Film Festival executive committee has recently announced the eight films included in the 2012 line up.
It’s a roster of the usual suspects, but there are a few curious picks that’ll give this year’s festival some much-needed variety.
This year’s eight films include:
1. Conyo Problems (GMA Films, directed by Andoy Ranay)
2. El Presidente (Scenema Concept International, directed by Mark Meily)
3. Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (Unitel and TV5, directed by Mark Meily and Chris Martinez)
4. One More Try (Star Cinema and Viva Films, directed by Ruel Bayani)
5. Shake Rattle and Roll 14 (Regal Entertainment, directed by Chito Roño)
6. Si Agimat, Si Enteng and Me (Octoarts, APT, Imus Prod., GMA Films, M-Zet Prod, directed by Tony Reyes)
7. Sisteraka (Star Cinema, Viva Films, directed by Wenn Deramas)
8. The Strangers (Quantum Films, directed by Lawrence Fajardo)
In true Regal fashion, Shake Rattle and Roll refuses to die. Despite rumors that last year’s entry was the end of the franchise (seriously?), Mother Lily has made sure that the undead franchise lives with horror veteran Chito Roño directing all three episodes.
It’s interesting to note that Unitel managed to nab a slot alongside TV5 with Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang. Despite Unitel’s best intentions to “redefine Filipino cinema”, it’s good to see the studio opening its doors to a larger audience with a family adventure helmed by Chris Martinez and Mark Meily.
But it looks like Mark Meily will also have his hands full with El Presidente headlined by Nora Aunor and E.R Ejercito. Though the film was originally under Manila Kingpin helmer Tikoy Aguiluz, it seems that they may have been a discrete changing of the guard since its announcement last year.
But question remains: where’s Brillante Mendoza’s much-awaited Nora Aunor film? And why isn’t it in the MMFF line-up?