For the first time in a long time, the Metro Manila Film Festival decided to shine the spotlight on less mainstream movies, much to the joy of many, but also to others' distress. But we're definitely part of the bunch that's happy about this development in the Philippine movie industry, and one of the films we're looking forward to is rom-com Vince, Kath, and James—which is also one of the most talked about MMFF 2016 films on social media...
Starring Julia Barretto, Ronnie Alonte, and Joshua Garcia, this MMFF entry, describred as "a teen romance movie that shows how to love with #NoFilter," brings to the big screen the textserye that went viral early this year. Here's why we're trooping to the cinema on December 25 to catch it:
1. It's Julia’s first comedy project. We've seen Julia excel in drama (on Mirabella and And I Love You So), and now we can't wait to witness her foray into comedy. We bet this girl's natural, what with comedian Dennis Padilla as her father. “My dad is a comedian so siyempre gusto ko makakuha ng reaction, ng advice galing sa kanya,” Julia said during the movie's presscon.
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2. It was an unexpected choice to be part of the MMFF Magic 8. Being a "low-budget" film, director Theodore Boborol never expected that the movie will be selected as part of the MMFF's top 8, which include high production quality movies (most with special effects and extravagant wardrobes and set designs) like Die Beautiful, Sunday Beauty Queen, Saving Sally, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2, Kabisera, Oro, and Seklusyon.
"Baguhan yung mga artista ko at baguhan din ako bilang director," Boborol explained to entertainment site Push. But we know the MMFF panel saw brilliance in this film hence it's on the festival's roster this year, and we can't wait to witness for ourselves its magic.
3. It's a perfect showcase of how social media and the internet can empower ordinary people to become big-time writers. Vince and Kath textserye author Queen Ely (Jenny Almocera in real life) has indeed come a long way from when she first started uploading bits and pieces of her work on Facebook. "Lahat ng mga kwentong napakilig at napaiyak ako, 'yun ang naging inspiration ko," Almocera recounts in an interview with ABS-CBN News, explaining the story behind her now-viral work.
4. It's classic college kilig at its finest. Part of Almocera’s inspiration for her now-viral story include old text messages sent by her suitors back when she was in college. Though she has made short stories in the past, she chose to focus on the kilig factor for Vince and Kath. "Gusto ko 'yung hindi pa certain ang ending. 'Yung makaka-relate ang lahat, 'yung ibabalik mo ang kilig," Almocera explains. And you know how we Filipinos always love these kilig-inducing stories, sometimes the cheesier the better
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5. The movie's Joshua-Julia-Ronnie love triangle is just intriguing. Theirs is a very unorthodox combination, pairing Julia who's already one of the most established stars of her generation, with two newcomers, albet fast-rising ones. We can't wait to find out who has better chemistry with Julia. Is it Joshua, who is said to be this generation's John Lloyd Cruz?
Or is it uber popular Hashtag member Ronnie, who is also starring in Seklusyon, another MMFF entry?
See you at the cinemas!
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Banner photograph from Instagram.com/juliabarretto