Paulo Avelino's 'Fan Girl' joins 9 other films in 2020 MMFF

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 24 2020 05:31 PM

MANILA - Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the deep-rooted tradition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) vows to continue this Christmas by going digital.

"Ngayong taong ito, hindi kagaya ng mga nakaraang taon. Tayo ay may problema sa pandemya kung saan ang ating mga cinemas ay hindi pwedeng mag-operate at full capacity. Pero hindi 'yan sapat na dahilan para itigil natin ang MMFF," MMFF chairman Danny Lim announced in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

This is made possible by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s partnership with Globe Telecom. Moviegoers can watch the official entries in the comforts of their own home on demand via Upstream and GMovies.

"Maganda nga ito dahil online ang panonood natin. Hindi lamang limited dito sa Pilipinas kung 'di pati ang mga kababayan natin sa ibang bansa ay pwede na ring manood," Lim said.

From just eight entries in the past years, the 2020 MMFF will feature 10 full-length films with varying genres.

One of the films included in the list is “Fan Girl” starring Paulo Avelino and promising new actress Charlie Dizon. Directed by Antoinette Jadaone, the coming-of-age drama is a collaboration between ABS-CBN Films' Black Sheep, Globe Studios, Project 8, Epicmedia, and Crossword Productions.

“I [immediately fell in love with the script. It tells a lot about our current fandom culture hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas but also abroad. It’s very Filipino. It’s something that most of us have been through, halos lahat meron tayong ina-idolize or tinitingala na halos mabaliw na tayo, gusto nating sundan,” Avelino said.

Jadaone said she is fortunate that Avelino agreed to do the role because it required him to play “as himself, or a fictionalized version of himself, we will never know.”

“Kailangan ko talaga ng artista na naiintindihan 'yung script. The actor that will play the role is someone who is brave enough to use his own name and reputation and image,” she said. 

“Naintindihan ko kung bakit nakakatakot siyang i-play. Napakaswerte ko na pumayag si Pau. After mga three days lang yata, minessage niya ako kaagad na tinatanggap niya 'yung project. Ang question lang niya ay kung sino yung fan girl. After we chose Paulo, tsaka pa lang kami naghanap kung sino yung fan girl,” Jadaone added.

The following are the official entries for the 2020 MMFF:

  1. Magikland
    Director: Christian Acuna
    Cast: Miggs Cuaderno, Princess Aguilar, Elijah Alejo, Josh Eugenio, Hailey Mendes, KenKen Nguyad
  2. Coming Home
    Director: Adolfo Alix Jr
    Cast: Jinggoy Estrada, Sylvia Sanchez, EA Guzman
  3. The Missing
    Director: Easy Ferrer
    Cast: Joseph Marco, Miles Ocampo, Ritz Azul
  4. Tagpuan
    Director: Mac Alejandre
    Cast: Alfred Vargas, Iza Calzado, Shaina Magdayao
  5. Isa Pang Bahaghari
    Director: Joel Lamangan
    Cast: Nora Aunor, Philip Salvador, Michael de Mesa, Joseph Marco, Zanjoe Marudo, Albie Casino, Sanya Lopez, Maris Racal
  6. Suarez The Healing Priest
    Director: Joven Tan
    Cast: John Arcilla
  7. Mang Kepweng, Ang Lihim ng Bandanang Itim
    Director: Topel Lee
    Cast: Vhong Navarro, Ritz Azul, Yamyam Gucong, Fumiya Sankai, Ion Perez, Joross Gamboa
  8. Pakboys Takusa
    Director: Al Tantay
    Cast: Janno Gibbs, Dennis Padilla, Jerald Napoles, Andrew E
  9. The Boy Foretold by the Stars
    Director: Dolly Dulu
    Cast: Adrian Lindayag, Keann Johnson
  10. Fan Girl
    Director: Antoinette Jadaone
    Cast: Paulo Avelino, Charlie Dizon

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