GMall screens MMFF 2013 entries

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


ALL eight entries in the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival will be screened at the theaters of Gaisano Mall of Davao, the only one offering such.

Opening tomorrow are "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy", "My Little Bossings", "Kimmy Dora, Ang Kyemeng Prequel", "Pagpag, Siyam Na Buhay", "10000 Hours", "Boy Golden", "Kaleidoscope World", and "Pedro Calungsod".

The festival will run for two weeks, but the movie line-up is subject to change after its opening day.

This year's festival features star power, with staples Kris Aquino, Vic Sotto, Vice Ganda, and ER Ejercito top billing entries anew.

10,000 Hours
Action, Drama
Directed by Joyce Bernal
Viva Entertainment

Starring Robin Padilla, Alden Richards, Bela Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Carla Humphries, Pen Medina, Joem Bascon and Michael de Mesa.

The action-packed thriller 10,000 Hours follows the story of Gabriel Alcaraz (Padilla), a policeman who goes up against organized kidnap-for-ransom groups. His enviable track record in the police force plus his daring exploits land him a seat in the Senate.

But his enemies would not take this development sitting down and so they draw up evil schemes and twist arms of lawmakers to get back at innocent Gabriel. Pushed to the wall, Gabriel is left with not much choice but to sacrifice time with his family by moving to Amsterdam, where he tries to locate the only person who can prove his innocence. His mission for his country does not end with the acquittal.

Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill
Directed by Chito Rono
Viva Entertainment

Starring ER Ejercito, KC Concepcion, John Estrada, Eddie Garcia, Leo Martinez, Gloria Sevilla, Tonton Gutierrez, Baron Geisler and Joem Bascon
From Asiong Salonga, actor and Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito returns to play another gangster role, this time playing 60's notorious Manila gangster, Arturo "Boy Golden" Porcuna.

Boy Golden tells us about the tale of a young man and how he deals with life, love, fame, money, and corruption. This movie is reminiscent of well-beloved Filipino action classics.

While in prison, Boy's life was threatened by a fellow inmate. After getting out of prison, Boy wants to prove to all gangsters what he’s capable of. He seeks revenge against an old adversary.

Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy
Directed by Wenn V. Deramas
Star Cinema and Viva Films

Starring Vice Ganda, Maricel Soriano, Joey Marquez, Xyriel Manabat, Kiray Celis, Cristine Reyes, JC de Vera, Ejay Falcon and Ruffa Gutierrez

The film tells the story of quadruplets (all played by Vice Ganda) separated as infants. The girl and the boy were raised by their father (Marquez) in the United States; the other two (the bakla and the tomboy) stayed with their mom (Soriano) in Manila. Conflict arises when the siblings based in the United States discover that the boy is afflicted with a liver disease and must undergo a transplant.

The U.S.-based siblings soon discovered that they have two other siblings in the Philippines whose liver could be a match to the boy's. The situation forces them to come home and reconnect with their siblings and mother. For the very first time Team Girl-Boy and Team Bakla-Tomboy meet face to face ushering a series of riotous and hilarious events that may or may not unite their broken families.

Kaleidoscope World
Directed by Eliza Cornejo
iAct Productions

Starring Sef Cadayona, Yassi Pressman, Alma Concepcion, Mayton Eugenio, Alireza Libre, Pia Pilapil, Brylle Mondejar, and Arnold Reyes

The hip-hop dance musical pays tribute to the late OPM icon Francis Magalona, and shows the ups and downs in the life of a street dancer.
GMA Kapuso stars Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman play the lead roles in the movie. Lando (played by Sef) is a poor boy struggling with family problems while Elsa (played by Yassi) comes from a wealthy family.

Lando and Elsa's paths cross during auditions for a hip hop dance crew that will compete in an international event. While the couple successfully makes it to the dance team, their respective performances become adversely affected by circumstances surrounding their life and their love.

Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel
Directed by Chris Martinez
MJM Productions and Quantum Films

Starring Eugene Domingo, Sam Milby, Ariel Ureta, Miriam Quiambao, Joel Torre, and Angel Aquino

The James Bond-esque comedy film is set before "Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme," the first movie in the series, wherein the twins are seen disputing the ownership of the family corporation.

The prequel shows Kimmy as a fresh summa cum laude graduate with triple degrees from Cambridge, and Dora a new graduate from acting school. Their father (Ureta), wants his daughters to work for the family’s business empire, but only after they complete a rigorous internship program.

As Kimmy and Dora battle it out for the title of best intern, they also find themselves fighting for the love of the dashing Rodin Bartoletti (Milby). The plot thickens when a mysterious corporate terrorist named Bogart threatens their company, forcing Kimmy and Dora to team up to save the Go Dong Hae empire.

My Little Bossings
Directed by Marlon Rivera
Octo Arts Films, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment, and Kris Aquino Productions

Starring Kris Aquino, Vic Sotto, Ryzza Mae Dizon, James "Bimby" Aquino-Yap, Jaclyn Jose, Aiza Seguerra, Jose Manalo, Paolo Ballesteros, and Barbie Forteza.

What happens when an English-speaking boy from a well-to-do family is forced to live with a street-smart Tagalog-speaking girl?

Rich boy Justin (Aquino-Yap), due to threats to his mother's (Aquino) life, is forced to live with Torky (Sotto) and a street child named Ching (Dizon). The movie kicks off when circumstances push the contrasting child stars to live under one roof. A comedic riot ensues.

Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay
Directed by Frasco Mortiz
Star Cinema and Regal Films

Starring Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Shaina Magdayao, Paulo Avelino, Miles Ocampo, Matet de Leon, Janus del Prado

"Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay" revolves around a group of teenagers and the consequences they face as they ignore the Filipino superstition of "shaking off" evil spirits after visiting a wake.

The concept of the movie is based on a Filipino superstitious belief that one should never go home directly after visiting a wake since it risks bringing evil spirits to one's home. One should first shake off (in Filipino, pagpag) whatever curse there may be to avoid being trailed by the soul of the dead.

Cedric (Daniel Padilla) and his friends visit a funeral and each of them unwittingly breaks one superstitious belief after the other including the dreaded "pagpag" as each of them went directly home after the funeral.
Unbeknownst to Cedric and his friends, they brought home a malevolent and vengeful spirit. Cedric was forced to team up with Leni (Kathryn Bernardo) in the hope of containing and abating the wrath of the vengeful spirit and eventually vanquishing it in the process. But as they struggle to succeed, more mishaps occur and they run out of options in saving their family and friends.

Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir
Directed by Francis O. Villacorta
HPI Synergy Group in association with Wings Entertainment
Starring Rocco Nacino, Christian Vazquez, Jestoni Alarcon, Ryan Eigenmann, Robert Correa, Victor Basa and Mercedes Cabral

Pedro Calungsod, a young Filipino man, leaves his Visayan native roots to join the Spanish Jesuit priest Fr. Diego de San Vitores in his mission to the Marianas Islands (Guam) in 1668.

The San Diego Mission arrives in the Marianas where the young Pedro, a trained catechist and mission assistant, begins work for Fr. Diego de San Vitores in baptizing the Chamorro natives, preaching the holy gospel and spreading the good news of salvation through the Christian faith amidst paganism, doubt and disbelief. Despite the longing for his father and the threats to their lives, even at the peril of death, Pedro and Fr. Diego continued their missionary work. They roamed the dangerous islands and baptized many more natives and continued to enlighten them about Christianity.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 24, 2013.

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