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It’s time for the annual Metro Manila Film Fest (MMFF) and though the films aren’t showed in theatres, and the parade of the stars was done virtually this time, I’d say I prefer watching the movie at home, on my own schedule (Christmas Day). And for the first time ever, D accompanied me watching the movie of my choice, Fan Girl which was written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone.

We started the movie with no expectations whatsoever, and were impressed with the acting of its lead stars Charlie Dizon and Paulo Avelino. Ok, I’m biased with Paulo Avelino as he is one of the two Filipino actors I’ve been crushing on (it’s weird typing this as I have not used the word crush since college days) and at the start of the movie I’ve been commenting to D how I like Paulo Avelino. We were both impressed at how natural Charlie portrayed her character, the fangirl. In some ways I could relate – I declared to D that if BTS probably went to the Philippines I’m willing to pay for near front row concert seats or even a fan meet up evenf if there’s ever one.

The movie takes a different turn later on which turned out to be a very interesting ride. I’m keeping this post spoiler-free and will just leave it at this: I’m happy to have watched this kind of film in the Filipino moviescape, and it was a breath of fresh air. I hope to continue to see artistic movies like this in Philippine Cinema.

The Metro Manila Film Fest will continue to run digitally through 8 January 2021. I’ll check out the others in the lineup to see what else D and I can watch tonight.

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By MrsWayfarer

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