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MMFF 2019
« on: Dec 30, 2019 at 12:18 AM »
The first of maybe two or three reviews.

Culion (Alvin Yapan) *** - This film is about three different women living in Culion, which was a leper colony during the American colonization of the Philippines before World War II. I feel like there are a couple of films fighting each other in this one film. One is an excellent drama about the plight of lepers during this period in history but it has moments of unnecessary melodrama that's way too on the nose in its big emotional moments. It does feel a bit compromised because this was made as an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival, a film festival designed to appeal to the masses. There is a great film in there somewhere. That said, the performances are great and it's beautifully shot.

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Re: MMFF 2019
« Reply #1 on: Dec 30, 2019 at 07:32 AM »
MMFF 2019 WINNERS

Best Actress
Judy Ann Santos - "Mindanao"

Best Actor
Allen Dizon - "Mindanao"

Best Picture
"Mindanao"

2nd Best Picture
"Write About Love"

3rd Best Picture
"Sunod"

Best Director
Brillante Mendoza - "Mindanao"

Special Jury Prize (writing)
Crisanto Aquino - "Write About Love"

Special Jury Prize (cast)
"Culion"

Best Screenplay
"Write About Love"

Best Supporting Actress
Yeng Constantino - "Write About Love"

Best Supporting Actor
Joem Bascon - "Write About Love"

FPJ Memorial Award
"Mindanao"

Gatpuno Antonio J Villegas Cultural Award
"Mindanao"

Best Visual Effects
"Mindanao"

Best Production Design
"Sunod"

Best Original Song
"Ikaw ang Akin" - "Write About Love"

Best Musical Score
"Write About Love"

Best Sound
"Mindanao"

Best Child Performer
Yuna Tangod - "Mindanao"

Gender Sensitive Award
"Mindanao"

Best Float
"Mindanao"

Best Student Short Film Award
"Pamana ni Lola"

MMFF HALL OF FAME AWARDEES

Industry Stalwarts:

Marichu Vera-Perez
Boots Anson-Rodrigo
Bienvenido Lumbera
Joseph Estrada

Best Actor:

Anthony Alonzo
Christopher De Leon
Best Actress
Nora Aunor
Amy Austria
Vilma Santos-Recto
Maricel Soriano
Best Supporting Actress
Eugene Domingo
Cherie Gil

Best Director:

Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Joel Lamangan
Jose Javier Reyes
Best Screenplay/Story
Roy Iglesias
Ricky Lee
Jose Javier Reyes

Best Cinematographer:

Rudy Lacap
Lee Meily
Carlo Mendoza
Romy Vitug
Best Sound Engineer
Ditoy Aguila
Michael Albert Idioma
Rolly Ruta

Best Musical Score:

Dionisio Buencamino
Von de Guzman
Jaime Fabregas
Jessie Lasaten
Best Editor
Vito Cajili
Manet Dayrit
Jess Navaroo
Edgardo Vinarao

Best Visual Effects:

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Re: MMFF 2019
« Reply #2 on: Dec 31, 2019 at 01:53 AM »
Mindanao (Brillante Mendoza) **1/2 - A Muslim woman cares for her young daughter who is stricken with cancer while her husband is off fighting Islamic militants as a soldier. Just like the other Metro Manila Film Festival entry, this film feels like a compromise in order to placate the masses. Director Brillante Mendoza's aesthetic here feels quite more mainstream than his previous films even though he's still tackling similar themes. There are also fantasy animated sequences peppered in all throughout the film in the form of a bedtime story being to the dying child but it honestly feels almost shoe-horned because someone said, "We have to make this entertaining for the kids!" I'm willing to bet that's exactly what happened. But it's not a bad film. It's watchable and it has its moments but it's not Mendoza's best work.
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Re: MMFF 2019
« Reply #3 on: Jan 01, 2020 at 08:55 PM »


MMFF 2019 WINNERS

Best Actress
Judy Ann Santos - "Mindanao"

Best Actor
Allen Dizon - "Mindanao"

Best Picture
"Mindanao"

2nd Best Picture
"Write About Love"

3rd Best Picture
"Sunod"

Best Director
Brillante

There's an award for a "2nd Best" and "3rd Best Picture"?

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Re: MMFF 2019
« Reply #4 on: Jan 02, 2020 at 12:28 PM »
They've been doing it a long time.

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Re: MMFF 2019
« Reply #5 on: Jan 03, 2020 at 12:10 AM »
They've been doing it a long time.
I see. One can surmise the reasons for that but do the filmmakers and studios really value such consolations?

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Re: MMFF 2019
« Reply #6 on: Jan 03, 2020 at 05:35 AM »
^I remember there was once a year when nobody actually won best picture.  Not sure if there was a second place either but there wasn't a first place for sure.

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Re: MMFF 2019
« Reply #7 on: Jan 04, 2020 at 08:36 AM »
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Re: MMFF 2019
« Reply #8 on: Jan 06, 2020 at 08:37 AM »
Sunod (Carlo Ledesma) *** - A single mother takes a job as a call center agent to help pay for her sickly daughter's medical expsenses. But the call center is located in an old building with a mysterious past. Then spooky things happen. This is the best entry of the Metro Manila Film Festival I've seen so far. Director Carlo Ledesma is an excellent visual filmmaker and he crafted a pretty decent horror film featuring some pretty decent scares. I found the big revelation of what exactly is going on to be just a bit muddled but all in all, it is very well-made and very well-acted which is probably the least I would ask of a Metro Manila Film Festival entry.

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Re: MMFF 2019
« Reply #9 on: Nov 24, 2020 at 04:28 PM »
Mindanao has been selected to be our representative at the Best International Feature category at the Oscars this year.