MANILA – The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Saturday announced the 8 official entries to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
A noticeable trend with this year’s competition is that half of the entries are sequels to blockbuster hits.
Comedian-host Vice Ganda returns to the big screen with "Praybeyt Benjamin 2", a sequel to "The Unkabogable: Praybeyt Benjamin" released in 2011. Co-produced by Star Cinema and and VIVA Productions, Praybeyt Benjamin 2’s predecessor was once the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time until its record was broken in 2012. The movie will again be helmed by director Wenn Deramas.
Following the huge success of horror movie "Feng Shui" 10 years ago, Kris Aquino will make a comeback to the horror genre with "Feng Shui 2." Directed by Chito Rono, the movie’s cast will include Coco Martin, Kim Chiu and Paulo Avelino.
Regal Entertainment will bring back the popular horror anthology movie franchise "Shake, Rattle & Roll". Now on its 15th year, this year’s installment will be top billed by Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana.
Another sequel that will compete this year is "Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2". Filmmaker Erik Matti will return as director while Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe are expected to reprise their roles.
Last year’s MMFF Best Actor winner Robin Padilla will star in a biopic of hero Andres Bonifacio in “Bonifacio, Gusto Mo Ba Syang Makilala?” The film will also star Kapamilya Iza Calzado and be directed by Lawrence Williams.
Ousted Laguna Governer ER Ejercito will star in "Magnum Muslim .357" with Kapamilya Denise Laurel as his leading lady. This will be Ejercito’s fourth straight movie entry to the festival after “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” in 2011, “El Presidente” in 2012 and “Boy Golden” in 2013.
TV host-actor Vic Sotto will also compete this year with “My Big Bossing's Adventures” co-starring child actress Ryzza Mae Dizon. Jointly produced by Octoarts, MZET and APT Entertainment, the movie will be directed by Joyce Bernal, Marlon Rivera and Tony Reyes.
Last but not the least is “English Only Please” top-billed by Kapamilya Angeline Quinto and Derek Ramsay who allegedly replaced Sam Milby. The film is being produced by Quantum Films and will be directed by Dan Villegas.
Here are the 8 Official Entries to the MMFF 2014:
1. Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 (Reality Ent, GMA Films and Agostodos Pictures)
Starring Dingdong Dantes, Lovi Poe
2. Bonifacio, Gusto Mo Ba Syang Makilala? (Philippians Productions)
Starring Robin Padilla, Iza Calzado
3 Magnum Muslim .357 (Scenema Concept)
Starring ER Ejercito, Denise Laurel
4. Praybeyt Benjamin 2 (ABS-CBN Productions and VIVA Productions)
Starring Vice Ganda
5. Feng Shui 2 (ABS-CBN Productions and VIVA Productions)
Starring Kris Aquino, Coco Martin, Kim Chiu
6. My Big Bossing's Adventures (Octoarts, MZET, APT Ent)
Starring Ryzza Mae Dizon, Vic Sotto
7. Shake, Rattle & Roll 15 (Regal Entertainment)
Starring Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana
8. English Only Please (Quantum Films)
Starring Angeline Quinto, Derek Ramsay