All the films for 2016’s Metro Manila Film Festival will be opening on Christmas day, and this year, there’s a lot to be excited about. If you’re a fan of movies, the 8 full-length features (Seklusyon, Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough, Kabisera, Oro, Die Beautiful, Vince & Kath & James, Sunday Beauty Queen, and Saving Sally) in competition boast different genres, styles, and talent that are deserving of your hard-earned cash. A lot of controversy surrounded the selection of these films, but hey, changing up the game a bit from the usual family-friendly fare and corny comedy is nothing short of refreshing.
Here are 7 other reasons why you should be excited to head to the cinema with your fam or squad this weekend:
1. There’s a variety of flicks to choose from.
From Nora Aunor’s ultra-dramatic Kabisera, to the whimsical rom-com that is Saving Sally, the featured movies are far from what audiences have gotten used to—and that’s a good thing. Although there’s nothing wrong with the usual Vice Ganda and Vic Sotto comedies, the public does deserve more. Hopefully, come next year, the MMFF will continue to provide this sort of diversity.
2. If you are too busy because of the holiday grind, there are eight short films being screened.
These titles are Sitsiritsit, Birds, EJK, Manila Scream, Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad, Mitatang, Mono, and Passage of Life.
3. This year’s awards night should be interesting.
Plus, aren’t you dying to know what Vince & Kath & James' leading lady Julia Barretto is going to wear?
4. This year’s sole horror movie, Seklusyon, looks creepy AF!
Director Erik Matti’s latest offering is about a bunch of young deacons battling it out with both personal and actual demons. Eep!
5. Eugene. Freaking. Domingo.
Fans of the talented actress have been waiting for Babae sa Septic Tanks sequel for years! And now, with Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough, moviegoers will be treated to her unique brand of comedic chops once again.
6. Paolo Ballesteros’ performance in Die Beautiful.
He’s wowed you with his makeup selfie transformations, but here, you’ll all get a chance to see him take things to another level as a drag queen with a morbid dream.
7. You’ll be proudly supporting local cinema.
Which, in the end, is something we should all do more often.