'Be Careful' replacement in MMFF named
MANILA -- A dance-musical that pays tribute to OPM icon Francis Magalona is now set to compete in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), following the withdrawal of the film version of "Be Careful With My Heart" from the race.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Francis Tolentino announced Wednesday that "Kaleidoscope World," which shares the title of the Magalona hit, has been selected to complete the eight-film line-up of the 39th MMFF.
Produced by iACT Production, the big-screen musical, according to Tolentino, stars Sef Cadayona, Yassi Pressman, Pia Pilapil, and Alma Concepcion.
"Kaleidoscope World" joins seven other earlier announced entries: the action/thriller films "10,000 Hours" and "Boy Golden"; the comedy-adventures "Torky and My Little Bossing," "Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel," and "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy"; the horror flick "Pagpag"; and the biopic "San Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir."
Directed by Chito Roño and starring ER Ejercito, "Boy Golden" is similarly an additional entry, as it replaced the Bong Revilla-starrer "My Super Kap" after it was pulled out from the MMFF.
Both "Kaleidoscope World" and "Boy Golden" were among the 15 film submissions to the MMFF announced in June, qualifying them to join the competition in place of official entries withdrawn before the Christmas Day opening.
Tolentino cited this rule in explaining why Star Cinema, the film outfit behind "Be Careful With My Heart," was no longer allowed to submit a different story to replace the daytime series' big-screen version.
Tolentino earlier appealed to Star Cinema to reconsider its decision to pull out "Be Careful With My Heart," but according to him, the ABS-CBN film arm instead proposed a new project.
"For a while, I mulled the possibility of opening the final slot to new movies, including 'My Husband's Lover' (GMA-7 series). But it is in violation of the existing rules of the MMFF," Tolentino said.
With the completion of the eight official entries to the MMFF, Tolentino expressed confidence that the 39th edition of the annual event will surpass last year's gross sales.