Thursday, December 21, 2023

GMA Network’s official entry to the 2023 Metro Manila Film Festival: “Firefly” inspires moviegoers to be brave

WHO taught you to be brave?

This holiday season, relive the magic of storytelling and the power of a mother’s love with GMA Pictures and GMA Public Affairs’ coming-of-age road trip drama “Firefly.”

Top-billed by GMA Sparkle child star Euwenn Mikaell and award-winning actress Alessandra de Rossi, “Firefly” is GMA Network’s official entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. Also part of the ensemble cast are Ysabel Ortega, Miguel Tanfelix, Cherry Pie Picache, Epy Quizon, Yayo Aguila, and Kokoy de Santos, with the special participation of Max Collins and Dingdong Dantes.

The story begins with the adult Tonton (Dingdong) being interviewed by a skeptical journalist after winning the National Book Award. The interview unravels the origin of his stories.

Elay (Alessandra) is a mother who loves to share bedtime stories with her son to encourage him to be brave and to make the most out of life.

Tonton (Euwenn) is a 10-year-old inquisitive, sweet, and smart boy who is often bullied and ridiculed by the big kids in school.

To encourage Tonton, Elay tells him a story of bravery set in a magical island filled with fireflies. She tells him that the island is real and that you could make a wish if you ever made it there. In an old notebook, Elay draws a map to the island. And in his heart, Tonton forms a plan to get there and wish for one thing: to be brave.

On the road, he meets three strangers who will either help him or hinder his quest.

Firefly is directed by Zig Dulay, who is famous for his works such as the hit TV series Maria Clara at Ibarra and the internationally-acclaimed films Paglipay and Black Rainbow.

Writing the screenplay from her original story is GMA Public Affairs Senior AVP Angeli Atienza, who is also the showrunner of some of GMA Public Affairs’ most-awarded programs.

Award-winning cinematographer Neil Daza further highlights the film’s cinematic masterpiece.

Catch Firefly in theaters beginning December 25.

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