The 48th Metro Manila Film Festival: Who, What and More

The 48th Metro Manila Film Festival: Who, What and More

Eight films will hit our cinemas for this annual Christmas affair


When people think of a stereotypical Filipino Christmas, it gets characterized by large family reunions. The piles upon piles of sweets and pastries occupying our dinner tables. The start is signified when the parols go up, and the (artificial) pine trees get decorated as Jose Mari Chan and Mariah Carey climb up the music charts. But perhaps a universal sign that Christmas is well underway is the deadline for international films hitting the cinemas. Because by Christmas Day, all need to make way for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).


While this affair has gotten the ire of film critics for only adding hour-long product placement commercials wrapped in slapstick comedy, the lineup has significantly improved through the years. I mean, you’ve seen the likes of Marlon Rivera’s Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough, Antoinette Jadaone’s Fan Girl and Carlo Manatad’s Kun Maupay Man It Panahon—entries from the past few years that have significantly risen our expectations.


So for the 48th Metro Manila Film Festival, a total of eight movies will hit the cinemas from December 25, 2022 to January 7, 2023. Of course, the affair kicked off with the annual Parade of Stars. We also give you a lowdown on the who, what and more about the annual MMFF up ahead:



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Director: Mikhail Red

Starring: Starring Nadine Lustre, Louise Delos Reyes, McCoy De Leon and Jeffrey Hidalgo

Genre: Techno-horror, psychological thriller 



Family Matters

Director: Nuel Crisostomo Naval

Starring: Noel Trinidad, Liza Lorena, Nonie Buencamino, Agot Isidro, Mylene Dizon, Nikki Valdez, James Blanco and JC Santos

Genre: Drama



Labyu with an Accent

Director: Rodel Nacianceno

Starring: Coco Martin, Jodi Sta. Maria, John Estrada, Joross Gamboa

Genre: Romantic comedy



Mamasapano: Now It Can Be Told

Director: Lester Dimaranan

Starring: Aljur Abrenica, Paolo Gumabao, Claudine Barretto

Genre: Action



My Father, Myself

Director: Joel Lamangan

Starring: Dimples Romana, Sean de Guzman and Jake Cuenca

Genre: Drama



My Teacher

Director: Paul Soriano

Starring: Toni Gonzaga, Joey De Leon, Ronnie Alonte, Loisa Andalio, Carmi Martin, Rufa Mae Quinto, Kakai Bautista

Genre: Drama



Nanahimik ang Gabi

Director: Shugo Praico

Starring: Ian Veneracion, Heaven Peralejo and Mon Confiado

Genre: Erotic suspense thriller



Partners in Crime

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina

Starring: Vice Ganda and Ivana Alawi

Genre: Adventure-action comedy



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For the wheres, check out the screening schedules in the cinemas nearest you. Have a holly, jolly movie-filled Christmas. If you plan to stay in all holiday szn long, we give you a list of Christmas romcoms you can stream.



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