- Actress Mercedes Cabral spewed harsh words to veteran movie producer Mother Lily Monteverde
- Mother Lily was disappointed to the organizers of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival
- MMFF has shunned commercial films like “Mano Po 7: Chinoy,” “The Super Parental Guidance,” and “Enteng Kabisote and the Abangers”
Indie film actress Mercedes Cabral calls Regal Entertainment matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde a “f**king idiot” for underestimating indie films selected as the official entries in the Metro Manila Film Festival.
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In a Facebook post cited by Interaksyon, Mercedes wrote, “Nakaka-awa ang mga bata??? Sabihin mo lang e ang habol mo lang e kita ng pelikula mo. Saka bayaran mo ng maayos mga tao mo. Ni hindi ka nga makapag bayad ng matino sa mga taong nagtatatrabaho sayo e. At kayo lang ba ang may karapatan magpalabas ng pelikula tuwing pasko? F**king idiot.”
Mercedes Cabral has found fame in starring in indie films and continues to support the industry. She is one of the lead stars of the festival’s official entry “Oro” directed by Alvin Yapan.
Mother Lily previously said in a press conference that she cried when her latest film “Mano Po 7: Chinoy” did not make the highly coveted Magic 8 list for the MMFF 2016 in favor of independent films. She argued that the Yuletide season is for the kids and the whole family. She added that it is not the time to show independent films.
“There is a time for the indie movies. But not during the Christmas season. Christmas is for the family,” Mother Lily was quoted as saying.
The veteran movie producer is responsible for serial films “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” and “Mano Po”. The committee also shunned commercial films and MMFF staples Vic Sotto’s “Enteng Kabisote and the Abangers” and Vice Ganda’s “The Super Parental Guidance”.
Meanwhile, highly-acclaimed director Erik Matti said that mainstream and indie films are the same. The director urged people to watch films, including those that did not make the cut. MMFF films will be screened in cinemas on December 25.