MMFF 2015: Nilalang, #WalangForever & Buy Now, Die Later Draw First Blood

Two and a half months left until its Christmas and for Filipinos, that also means the Metro Manila Film Festival will once again dominate cinemas nationwide. It’s that time of the year that we get to enjoy the holidays and bond with our loved ones inside the cinemas.

Three of the eight entries have released teasers and trailers this week:
Pedring Lopez’s Nilalang, Dan Villegas’ #WalangForever and Randolph Longjas’ Buy Now, Die Later.

1. Peding Lopez’s Nilalang (Haunted Towers Pictures, Inc., welovepost, Parallax adn Viva Films)
Starring Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa, Meg Imperial, Yam Concepcion and Cholo Baretto.

Clearly, it looks badass. In an interview, director Pedring Lopez expresses “It’s about time the Filipino audience gets a new genre.” The trailer mostly got positive reviews and are excited to see the film. Some actually just have some statements regarding Ozawa’s Philippine film penetration (no pun intended).

Here are some screengrabs from the trailer:

2. Dan Villegas’ #WalangForever (Quantum Films, MJM Production Inc., Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Films)
Starring Jennylyn Mercado, Jericho Rosales, Jerald Napoles

A year after the success English Only, Please, the people behind the film is back for another romantic comedy. JM De Guzman was supposed to star opposite Jennylyn Mercado but was dropped from the project, Jericho Rosales was announced as JM’s replacement.

Here are some screengrabs from the teaser trailer:

3. Randolph Longjas’ Buy Now, Die Later (Quantum Films)
Starring Vhong Navarro, Rayver Cruz, John Lapus, Alex Gonzaga, Janine Gutierrez, Lotlot de Leon.

Formerly titled as “Death and Senses,” Buy Now, Die Later is a compendium of five interconnected stories, each one representing one of the five senses.

Here are the screengrabs from the teaser trailer:

Five other entries have not yet released teasers or trailers as of the moment but these three are proof that this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival is actually exciting. Bringing more flavor to Philippine cinemas.

Other entries are:

Beauty and the Bestie
Production: ABS-CBN Film Production, Inc. and Viva Communications, Inc.
Director: Wenn Deramas
Starring: Vice Ganda, Coco Martin

Haunted Mansion – (Has a theatrical teaser)
Production: Regal Entertainment, Inc.
Director: Jun Lana
Starring: Marlo Mortel, Jerome Ponce, Janella Salvador

Hermano Puli (Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Apolinario Dela Cruz)
Production: Teamwork Film Productions
Director: Gil Portes
Starring: John Prats, Karylle

All You Need Is Pag Ibig
Production: ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.
Director: Antoinette Jadaone
Starring: Herbert Bautista
(Kris Aquino backed out)

My Bebe Love
Production: Octoarts Films, MZET Productions, APT Ent., Inc.
Director: Jose Javier Reyes
Starring: Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Alden Richards, Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza

The 41st Metro Manila Film Festival will run from December 25, 2015 until January 8, 2016. Some entries will probably be extended.


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