5 films to watch in Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino
They say millennials can be a weird bunch to understand. But one of the easiest ways to do so is to check the pop-culture entities that inspire them. And observing the movies they watch is a good starting point.
Indie films are popular among the young generation. With a lot of film fests being held around the Metro, the indie scene definitely hooked the younger generation with its wide array of genres and ingenious plots.
On June 30, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced the 12 titles that will take part in one of this year’s biggest film fests, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), which (taking cue from the Cinemalaya 2017) features varied genres that millennial moviegoers might be very interested to see.
Today, we list down the PPP movies that will surely capture this generation of moviegoers.
100 Tula Para Kay Stella
Written and directed by Jason Paul Laxamana, the film stars the tandem of JC Santos and Bela Padilla. It’s a story of a stuttering student who have a crush on his friend. He writes poems dedicated to her throughout their four years in College. The story leaves audience the question: Can the poems help him win her heart in the end?
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Jewel (Ryza Cenon) is a mysterious woman who lives alone in the city. She has a secret which has led her to settle into a lonely existence. That is, until she meets Nico (Martin del Rosario), a broken-hearted, down-and-out guy who also feels unlovable like she does. Jewel is torn between wanting to love him and wanting to save him from herself. Will he accept her if he knew the truth about her? Can she ever find love, or is she destined to be alone forever?
Set in the lush countryside surrounding a sanctuary for the haribon (the Philippine Eagle), the story revolves around a farm girl mistakenly shoots and kills an endangered Philippine Eagle. When authorities begin a manhunt to track down the eagle’s killer, they stumble upon an even more horrific discovery. This is directed by Mikhail Red and stars Mary Joy Apostol, Arnold Reyes, John Arcilla, and Ku Aquino.
This Kip Oebanda-helmed film tells the story of a barkada (composed of Rocco Nacino, Carlo Aquino, Enzo Pineda, and Kean Cipriano) whose friendship is challenged when three of them go to law school and one gets left behind. The bigger trial, however, lies ahead. They try to stick together through insurmountable readings, nerve-wracking graded recitations and irresistible temptations.
Kylie Padilla, Kean Cipriano, Albie Casino, and Joseph Marco are the stars of this Miguel Franco Michelena film. The only trilogy in the upcoming festival, the film is described by its director as “a Filipino pop culture version of triptych, which is a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical pieces intended to be appreciated together.”