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MMFF feats indicate sound management of funds, says Tolentino

Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The “record-breaking” achievements of the latest Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) indicate proper handling of funds amid allegations that millions of amusement taxes have yet to reach intended beneficiaries, an official said Friday.

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Believability, total commitment, hallmarks of a memorable portrayal

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VIC SOTTO and Aiza Seguerra approach one pivotal scene in two different ways.

One of the more exceptional portrayals in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) was turned in by Aiza Seguerra in “My Little Bossings.” It serves as a sterling example of what constitutes good, sensitive acting on the local silver screen—and, contrastingly, it shows us why other portrayals were deficient.   Aiza scored with her performance, [...]

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MMFF 2013: A defining event for Filipino cinema

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WILLY Layug in “Dukit”: Rich in imagery of Filipino religiosity

One should take stock of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2013, not just because of its main entries but also because of the full indie features that comprised the festival’s pre-event section called New Wave.

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Postscript to the Metro fest

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The annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has become part of the Pinoy Christmas tradition. Sadly, it seems like the MMFF elicits more jeers than cheers. It’s unfortunate that the well-crafted films are overlooked because of the sheer hype that the top grossers generate.

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MMFF jurors dared to reveal selection process

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CHRIS Martinez,  director of “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel”   ROMY HOMILLADA

Chris Martinez, director of “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel,” has challenged the jurors of the recent 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards ceremony to go public about their selection process for winners.

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Key MMFF questions posed–and answered

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Ryzza-Bimby

Every MMFF entry poses a key question in viewers’ minds: For instance, the major consideration in Vice Ganda’s starrer, “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy,” is how well he’s able to rise up to the huge challenge he’s set for himself to depict all four “genders.” In “Boy Golden,” will director Chito Roño come up with a [...]

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What should stars do for an encore?

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DOMINGO. Needs to make up for lost traction.

As we start a new entertainment year, we wish only the best for stars who, in 2013, enhanced their careers with inspired and savvy moves. What should they do for an encore? Last year, Eugene Domingo distinguished herself by winning thespic honors both here and abroad. But, she concluded the year with yet another “Kimmy [...]

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Making Pinoy San Pedro relevant

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Rocco Nacino (left) with Johan Santos in  “Pedro Calungsod.”

    Against all odds, the indie film “Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir” made it to the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival. When director Francis O. Villacorta heard that his movie was in the magic circle of eight entries, he was speechless.   “I just prayed and thanked God for the opportunity,” he said.   Now, [...]

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Yassi Pressman: We dance to express, not to impress

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The hip-hop-dance movie “Kaleidoscope World” had little publicity prior to the opening of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). And with unheralded actors leading its cast, the Francis Magalona-inspired production is arguably one of the underdogs in this year’s showcase of Filipino movies, usually dominated by industry giants and their stables of popular stars. [...]

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MMFF winners hope for box-office boost

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ROBIN Padilla applauds  when “10,000 Hours” wins another technical award. (INQSnap this  page, not just the logo, to view more photos.)

“Direk Joyce would have none of overacting. She ordered a lot of my scenes reshot,” recalled Robin Padilla, who bagged the Best Actor trophy for “10,000 Hours” during the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival awards show Friday night.

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Lacson says film basically fictional

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Former Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Former Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, now President Benigno Aquino III’s rehabilitation czar, on Saturday said he approved the production of the much awarded but so far little viewed film “10,000 hours.”

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Lacson film biggest winner, loser

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Robin Padilla

The Joyce Bernal action-drama “10,000 Hours” is the most awarded entry but is among the least watched of the eight competing films in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.

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