‘The Boy Foretold by the Stars’ gets 12 nominations at 2020 MMFF awards

Published December 24, 2020, 12:55 PM

by Robert Requintina

“The Boy Foretold by the Stars,” a story about two boys discovering the thrill of young romance, received 12 nominations at the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival awards.

“Good morning po sa inyong lahat, nais po naming ibahagi sa inyo ang galak na nararamdaman ng Clever Minds producers kasama si Ms Jodi Sta. Maria dahil nakakuha ng 12 nominations ang The Boy Foretold by the Stars sa MMFF 2020. Malaking bahagi po kayo sa napakagandang balitang ito dahil sa magagandang sinulat ninyo. Maraming salamat po. Happy holidays,” read a text message on Dec. 24.

Its nominations are: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Gat Puno Memorial Award, Best Supporting Actor, Best Production Design, Best Theme Song, Best Sound, Gender Sensitivity, Best Cinematography, and Best Musical Score.

This rom-com movie is a collaboration of three production outfits: The Dolly Collection, Brainstormers Lab and Clever Minds, Inc. of which one of the executive producers is actress Jodi Sta. Maria. It stars Adrian Lindayag as Dominic, and Keann Johnson as Luke, who are students in an exclusive school.

The movie is written and directed by Dolly Dulu based on a play “Ang Hangal” that Dolly wrote in college. Dominic and Luke belong to different worlds as they move in separate campus cliques.


That situation is about to change, thanks to a fortuneteller who correctly predicts that the two high school seniors would be joining a school retreat.

What follows is a bittersweet journey of growing up and finding one’s identity. Playing the pivotal character of the fortuneteller is Iyah Mina, star of the acclaimed Cinema One Originals film “Mamu: And A Mother Too.”

The winners will be announced on Dec. 27. Ten films are participating in this year’s virtual Metro Manila Film Festival.

“The Boy Foretold By The Stars” made history as the first Filipino BL movie and the first BL rom-com to be part of the Metro Manila Film Festival.

Catch “The Boy Foretold By The Stars,” streaming on Upstream PH beginning Dec. 25.