8 official voices of the MMFF 2021 “resonate with the circumstances of the times”


Dingdong Dantes (left) in “A Hard Day”; and Daniel Padilla in “If the weather is nice”

“The lineup is in tune with the problems, situations and circumstances of the times,” noted actress Boots Anson-Rodrigo, newly appointed president of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) selection committee, when asked to describe the eight official entries to be shown in December.

This year’s official entries are: Lawrence Fajardo’s action movie “A Hard Day,” starring Dingdong Dantes and John Arcilla, and produced by Viva Communications Inc .; Jun Robles Lana’s social drama “Big Night,” starring Christian Bables, and produced by Cignal Entertainment, The Ideafirst Company, Octobertrain Films and Quantum Films; Cathy Garcia-Molina’s romantic comedy “Love at First Stream,” awarded by Anthony Jennings, Jeremiah Lisbo, Daniela Stranner and Kaori Oinuma, and produced by ABS-CBN Film Productions and Kwentolabs Inc .; Carlo Francisco Manatad’s drama “Whether the Weather is Fine,” with Daniel Padilla, Charo Santos-Concio and Rans Rifol, and produced by Cinematografic, Plan C, House on Fire, iWant TFC, Globe Studios, Black Sheep, Quantum Films Inc ., AAND Company, Kawankawan Media, Weydemann Bros. and CMB Films; Adolfo Alix Jr.’s horror trilogy “Huwag Kang Lalabas,” starring Aiko Melendez, Beauty Gonzales and Kim Chui, and produced by Obra Cinema; the fifth Solomon comedy-horror film “ExorSis,” awarded by sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga, and produced by TinCan; Louie Ignacio’s romantic film “Huling Ulan sa Tag-Araw,” starring Ken Chan and Rita Daniela, and produced by Heaven’s Best Entertainment; and Lester Dimaranan’s horror film “Nelia,” starring Winwyn Marquez and Raymond Bagatsing, and produced by A and Q Production Films Inc.

Screening in the halls

The MMFF will take place from December 25 to January 7 and will now be screened in theaters nationwide by observing the required health protocols.

Details on the Parade of Stars have yet to be decided by the executive committee of the MMFF, Rodrigo said.

Boots Anson-Rodrigo, president of the selection committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival

The lineup was announced Friday by Rodrigo and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) President Benhur Abalos.

MMDA is the general organizer of the MMFF. Rodrigo replaced as president National Artist for Film Bienvenido Lumbera, who passed away in September. INQ

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