Producer “Mother” Lily Monteverde, whose films “Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll 11” are entries to the 35th MMFF, wants to know why the festival jurors chose another entry, “Ang Panday,” for this year’s Best Picture award.
Really, Mother Lily. You want to know why A Crappy Movie won over all the other Crappy Movies in this year’s Metro Manila Film Fest. As if it mattered which movie was the least terrible in the lineup of awful films citizens of Metro Manila were forced to watch for a week supposedly to “support the local movie industry”. Why should anyone care, when the filmfest picks movies not according to merit but whether or not their producers have enough clout in the industry, thereby throwing the whole idea of awarding excellence out the window? When people are relegated to watching such drivel as “I Love You Goodbye” and the filmfest “winner” “Ang Panday” instead of the way more entertaining “Sherlock Holmes” or “Zombieland” or a bunch of other really well-made local movies which didn’t get in the MMFF because they weren’t backed by powerful people, then you’ve already won. Art is dead, palakasan and mediocrity and greed have triumphed. Enjoy your victory and shut the fuck up already.