Director Paul Soriano explained the possible reason why only a few movies were getting financial success during the recent Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
During the hearing on the proposed House Resolution 451 which aims to bring back the “golden era” of cinemas, Soriano said that high ticket prices limit the audience to watch more movies.
“The only reason why I think there is only one of two big hits is because the general public can only afford to watch one film, or maybe two at most, so that’s why the other five or six films don’t get seen,” Soriano who’s also the presidential adviser on creative communications said.
Soriano even joked if the government would provide free movie tickets to the public like what they did to solve the transportation problem in NCR.
“If there’s ”Libreng Sakay”, mayroon bang “Libreng Cinema’?” the director said.
It can be remembered that the movie of Soriano’s wife, Toni Gonzaga reportedly received poor earnings during the MMFF.
The rumors increased when MMFF didn’t include ‘My Teacher’ among the top MMFF earners.
It also received negative reviews from the netizens.
The director also mentioned foreign films competing with local movies.
Some netizens even connected Soriano’s statement on the sales of My Teacher.
According to them, MMFF didn’t complain about the ticket sales and even celebrated when they reached P500-M sales on January 9.
“Nagpapalusot bakit flop ang pelikula ng asawa nya. Nasanay sa kasinungalingan nga lang. Wala naman foreign films sumasabay pag may MMFF. Monopoly ng entrants ang movie houses habang may film fest.” netizen @saltandreality said.