MMFF 2018 guide: What to watch?

Published December 26, 2018, 8:27 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

Christmas Day is exciting to moviegoers because it’s always the first day of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) that runs till Jan. 7.

As usual, the “Magic 8” have everything from the usual headline-grabbing comedies and drama-romance, to action and thrillers.

Now on its 44th edition, MMFF was established “in recognition of the role of the film industry in providing artistic depictions of both this country’s stories and history.”



Director: Yam Laranas

Production Company: Viva Films/ALIUD Entertainment

Actors: Anne Curtis, Phoebe Villamor, Marco Gumabao, Alan Paule, and Mercedes Cabral

Genre: Horror-Thriller

Synopsis: Over a thousand passengers perish when a passenger ship named “Aurora” collides into a rocky shore. Many of the dead bodies turn up along the shore of the tiny island near the shipwreck, but many are still missing. Their distressed families are in need of a place to stay in as the search continues.

In the movie, Anne is Leana, owner of a rundown inn on the island and guardian to Rita, her 8-year-old sister, played by Phoebe. She is asked to help look for the cadavers in exchange for a large amount of money. Leana is hesitant, but her fear is overcome by her sympathy for the families and her sister’s encouragement.


‘The Girl In The Orange Dress’

Director: Jay Abello

Production Company: Quantum Films/MJM Productions/Star Cinema

Actors: Jericho Rosales, Jessy Mendiola, Sheena Halili, Hannah Ledesma, Ria Atayde, Nico Antonio, Cai Cortez, Via Antonio, and Juan Miguel Severo

Genre: Romantic-Comedy

Synopsis: Jericho plays Rye, a superstar who is the object of many girls’ fantasy, including Anna’s (Jessy) friends.

Rye and Anna cross paths. They end up in a bed and from there, everything turns upside down when their picture together goes viral and becomes a hot topic on television. Who is that girl, they ask. Who is the girl in the orange dress?



Director: Jovinor Tan

Production Company: Horseshoe Studios

Actors: Ricci Rivero, Jerome Ponce, Buboy Villar, Vitto Marquez, and Michelle Vito

Genre: Horror

Synopsis: ‘Otlum’ which means multo or ghost is a story of wanting to be accepted, rejection and revenge.

A mix of spoiled and nice students take their classmate Fred, who is desperate to be part of the group, into an initiation.

Played by Buboy, Fred is faced with a simple challenge – stay inside an old, abandoned orphanage for one night. However, the abandoned orphanage have this deep dark story in the past and the group is not spared as mysteries sprout along the way.



Director: Barry Gonzales

Production Company: ABS-CBN Production/Viva Films

Actors: Vice Ganda, Dingdong Dantes, Richard Gutierrez, Jaclyn Jose, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Kisses Delavin, Donny Pangilinan, Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte, and Bela Padilla

Genre: Fantasy-Comedy

Synopsis: A family seeks the help of magical creatures to keep their carnival from closing.


‘Mary, Marry Me’

Director: RC delos Reyes

Production Company: Ten17P/TINCAN Productions/Star Cinema

Actors: Sam Milby, Toni Gonzaga and Alex Gonzaga

Genre: Romantic-Comedy

Synopsis: Mary Anne (Alex) seeks the help of her sister Mary Jane (Toni), a professional wedding planner, to orchestrate her wedding with Pete (Sam).

However, Mary Jane and Pete turned out to have a romantic past. The sisters seem not to mind it at first, until it causes conflict among them.


‘Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles’

Director: Rodel Nacianceno

Production Company: CCM Films Productions/MZET Productions/APT Entertainment

Actors: Vic Sotto, Coco Martin and Maine Mendoza

Genre: Action-Comedy

Synopsis: The film is about a team of “puliscredibles”, consisting of three charismatic and adventurous police officers named Jack, Emily, and Popoy, who embark on a mission to stop crimes from occurring within their vicinity.


‘Rainbow’s Sunset’

Director: Joel Lamangan

Production Company: Heaven’s Best Entertainment

Actors: Gloria Romero, Eddie Garcia, Tony Mabesa, Noel Comia Jr, Sunshine Dizon, Aiko Melendez and Tirso Cruz III

Genre: Family-Drama

Synopsis: An old man comes out as gay to his children in his senior years, so he could freely take care of his ailing lover.


‘One Great Love’

Director: Enrico Quizon

Production Company: Regal Entertainment

Actors: Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo and JC De Vera

Genre: Romantic-Drama

Synopsis: Kim plays Zyra Paez who believes love will complete her and bring her joy. JC is Carl Mauricio, who is Zyra’s one great love. However, because of Carl’s turbulent past, he unintentionally keeps hurting the women he loves.

Dennis is Ian Arcano, Zyra’s dependable friend, who eventually falls in love with her. These three lives are intertwined in a story that reveals while all seek love, everyone sees it differently.