Movies outside the MMFF

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IF THE Metro Manila Film Fest (MMFF) offerings leave you cold, as they do many, this year’s movie fans have choices beyond what they can find on cable or Netflix. Several of the smaller specialty theaters are showing films that are not included in the MMFF lineup.

One of these is Cinema Centenario which is holding the Maginhawa Film Festival — the kind of festival which doesn’t consider box office viability when deciding on what movie to include in the line-up and what is prize-worthy. Now on its second year, the festival showcases the best movies of the past year.

Cinema Centenario is screening films from 1:30 p.m. onwards daily, with a midnight screening on Dec. 28.

The films being shown are Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap, Aria, Liway, Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus, ML, Tanabata’s Wife, and Hintayan ng Langit.

In addition to the screenings, the theater will be holding Cine-Sabi, a series of lectures and workshops on filmmaking until Dec. 29.

Cinema Centenario is located at 2/F #95 Maginhawa St. Teachers Village east, Diliman, Quezon City. For screening schedules check its Facebook page. For inquiries on ticket reservations, text 0945-536-7054. Tickets are P200.

Another option for those who are not interested in Vice Ganda and Vic Sotto comedies is Cinema ’76 Film Society. The Anonas branch of the cinema (3/F Anonas LRT City Center, QC) will be screening the following films today which is the last screening day for the year: Sakaling Hindi Makarating, GOYO: Ang Batang Heneral, Bliss, ML, and Kung Paano Siya Nawala. The San Juan branch (160 Luna Mencias St., Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan City) will be showing Buybust, Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus, Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa, Respeto, and Kung Paano Siya Nawala. For screening times, please check the Cinema ’76 Facebook page. Tickets are P180.