Year after year, moviegoers await the the year-end all-Filipino film festival that is the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). It’s always a different combination of actors that star in these movies—with the exception of MMFF regulars Vic Sotto and Vice Ganda.
This year, there are eight films competing for the top spot at the box office, as well as the sought-after awards. Here are three My Pope-recommended films to watch out for in MMFF 2019.
The film stars Judy Ann Santos who plays a wife to a soldier in a battle and mother to a terminally-ill child. The movie is directed by award-winning director Brillante Mendoza, and also stars Allen Dizon—one of the Philippines’s top indie film actors.
Directed by Palanca awardee Alvin Yapan, Culion is about three women who all have Hansen’s disease or leprosy. It stars Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano, and Jasmine Curtis Smith, and features a cameo from John Lloyd Cruz. The movie is set in a period when leprosy was plaguing the Philippines, and the Culion Leper Colony in Culion, Palawan was still in operation.
Miracle in Cell No. 7
Aga Muhlach and Xia Vigor play the protagonists in this Filipino adaptation of the heart-wrenching Korean movie of the same title. Miracle in Cell No. 7 follows the story of a mentally-ill father (played by Muhlach) accused of sexually assaulting a child. He becomes friends with his fellow inmates and they devise a plan to sneak his daughter, played by Xia, into prison.
Other MMFF 2019 entries include M&M: The Mall, The Merrier; Sunod; 3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon; Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity; and Write About Love.