MMFF 2019 entries announced

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 16)— Prepare to see familiar faces on the big screen this Christmas, as the likes of Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto, AiAi delas Alas, and Coco Martin are set to headline this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday announced this year’s lineup for the annual film festival.

Comedian and TV host Vice Ganda will return to the MMFF limelight, this time with Anne Curtis for the film “The Mall, The Merrier.” The movie is produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, with Barry Gonzales at the helm.

MMFF veteran Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza lead the film “Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity.” Directed by Linnet Zurbano, the comedy movie also stars Pokwang, Wally Bayola, Jake Cuenca, and Tonton Gutierrez, among others.

Horror movie “Sunod” is also among the list, replacing what was supposed to be the comeback film of Kris Aquino titled “(K)Ampon.”

The much-anticipated remake of Korean hit film “Miracle in Cell No. 7” starring Aga Muhlach and Bella Padilla will also be shown at the MMFF 2019. Miracle in Cell No. 7 is a multi-awarded Korean drama comedy film released in 2013. It follows the story of Yong-gu, a mentally challenged single father who was wrongly imprisoned for the murder of a young girl.

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These four films were announced early this year as among MMFF’s official entries.

Completing this year’s “Magic 8” are the following films:

“Mindanao” by Brillante Mendoza starring Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon

“Write About Love” starring Rocco Nacino and Miles Ocampo

“3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon” starring Coco Martin, Jennylyn Mercado, and AiAi delas Alas

“Culion” written by award-winning screenwriter and novelist Ricky Lee. It stars Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith. John Lloyd Cruz also has a special appearance in the movie. Set in the Palawan town in the 1940s, Culion follows the story of three women seeking a cure for the dreaded disease leprosy.