Complete Guide to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2015


Rated PG, 116 min.
Star Cinema

Starring Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion
Directed by Antoinette Jadaone

To remind everyone how inspiring it is to love and to feel loved, the powerhouse ensemble – Kris Aquino, Derek Ramsay, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Nova Villa, Ronaldo Valdez, Pokwang, James “Bimby” Yap, and Julia and Talia Concio – join forces for this 2015 Metro Manila Film Fest entry. A heartwarming romantic and family movie, “All You Need Is Pag-ibig” explores and celebrates the complexity of human relationships in all their forms. The movie features varied forms of love: family love, sibling love, puppy love, unrequited love, ruined love, prospering love, in denial love, jaded love, and true love, among others. After all, what the world needs now is love.

Rated PG, 116 min.
Star Cinema, VIVA Films

Starring Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Karla Estrada, Ryan Bang
Directed by Wenn V. Deramas

Estranged best friends Ericka and Emman, played by Vice Ganda and Coco Martin, respectively, will be “reunited” for the latter’s special mission as a spy agent. Emman must convince Ericka to pretend as the missing beauty pageant contestant Natalia Thalia who got abducted during her stay in the country. This is to keep the country safe from the wrath of Natalia Thalia’s father, who is capable of annihilating the entire Philippines. Of course, the hit tandem of James Reid and Nadine Lustre is also there to complete the fun and kilig.

Rated PG, 126 min.
Quantum Films, Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Films, MJM Productions

Starring Vhong Navarro, Rayver Cruz, Alex Gonzaga, Lotlot De Leon, Janine Guttierez
Directed by Randolf Longjas

The film is about a compendium of five interrelated stories brought together by the proprietor of a curio shop selling unusual items. Santi (portrayed by TJ Trinidad), who says the role is kind of demonic. Each of the character’s story is weaved around the five senses – sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Rated PG, 100 min.
Regal Entertainment, Inc.

Starring Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortel, Jerome Ponce, Janice De Belen, Iza Calzado
Directed by Jun Robles Lana

A group of high school students who are spending the night in a old mansion. When they learn that the house is haunted they set to look out for ghosts just for fun , but they find out soon enough that the urban legends are real.

Rated R-13, 105 min,
Reality Entertainment

Starring John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Tirso Cruz III, Yayo Aguila, Khalil Ramos
Directed by Erik Matti

A pair of married white-collar swindlers run afoul of their latest victims, in this suspenseful crime drama from celebrated Filipino director Erik Matti.

Rated PG, 107 min.
Octoarts Films, MZet Productions, APT Entertainment, MEDA Production,GMA Films

Starring Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza
Directed by Jose Javier Reyes

Dondi (Alden Richards) is a nerd and an obedient nephew to his aunt Cora (Ai-Ai de las Alas) who makes decisions for him. Meanwhile, Anna (Maine Mendoza) is a stubborn and rebellious girl who seeks the attention of her father Vito (Vic Sotto). Dondi and Anna cross path and their different personalities collide. They eventually fall in love with each other and solve their own problems. Vito and Cora are bitter business competitors and because of their rivalry, they disapproved the romantic relationship between Dondi and Anna.

Rated R-16, 90 min.
Haunted Towers Pictures, welovepost, VIVA Films, Parallax Studios

Starring Cesar Montano, Maria Ozawa, Meg Imperial, Yam Concepcion, Cholo Baretto
Directed by Pedring Lopez

Nilalang tackles the underbelly of corrupt Philippine cops with the Japanese ‘Yakuza’ and its links to a centuries’ old curse that may be responsible for the spate of serial killings happening in Manila.

Rated PG, 124 min.
Quantum Films, , Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Films, MJM Productions

Starring Jennylyn Mercado, Jericho Rosales, Lorna Tolentino, Jerald Napoles, Cai Cortez
Directed by Dan Villegas

Mia, a celebrated writer of romantic-comedy films, is at a turning point in her life which makes it difficult for her to believe that love could last. Everything comes to a head when Ethan returns, only for her to find out that he has become a cynic of lasting love because she broke his heart.

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