MMFF 2017 Best Picture “Ang Larawan” Goes to US Theaters on January 12

The 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture winner “Ang Larawan” will be having its US Theatrical run starting January 12, 2018.

In a musical tale about standing together against materialism, two impoverished sisters anguish over whether or not to sell a painting, the final masterpiece by their recluse father. A bitter struggle for survival against betrayal set in pre-World War II Manila.

Kick off your 2018 with a top-rate experience of the best of Philippine cinema with Ang Larawan. Based on the play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, written by National Artist for Theater Rolando Tinio, composed by Ryan Cayabyab and directed by Loy Arcenas.

Here are what the critics are saying:

“A lavish, absorbing family drama… an elaborate feast of the eyes… Rolando Tinio’s elegantly written lyrics… Ryan Cayabyab’s affecting soaring score has found its heartbeat” – Oliver Oliveros, Broadway World


“If you’re a fan of #PauloAvelino, I urge you to watch his stellar #AngLarawan.  He doesn’t sing as well as the others, but his acting! He will be one of the greatest as he continues to grow!” – Lea Salonga, Twitter


“Joanna Ampil, in her first film, has delivered the strongest performance… Her performance at the end of Act 1 alone is heart-rending, a cry that stays with you for the rest of the movie.” – Paolo Barazon,


“But no one speaks and sings more eloquently than Paula and Candida. Ampil and Alejandro’s voices and performances soar as the sisters resist the temptation of a quick fix in the belief that their father’s work represents something far more valuable than money.” – Richard Kuipers, Variety


“A new film adaptation of the beloved 1950 Filipino play “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino: An Elegy in Three Scenes” should win over anyone, regardless of national origin, who appreciates a musical that delivers an emotional wallop. This evocative, dark-edged work does justice to the literary legacy of the late Nick Joaquin, the Philippines’ greatest modern writer, poet, and playwright.”

– Lawrence Harmon, The Boston Globe


“This is a film that will not only entertain you with its garish yet top-notch production value but will also make you think how we consider what is important in our personal lives.” – Jed Chua,

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