Another promising year for local cinema

The year 2019 saw a love story smashing box office history as Star Cinema’s Hello, Love, Goodbye raked in P880.6 million. Black Sheep Production’s romantic drama Alone/Together followed far behind with P370 million gross sales.

'The How's of Us’ starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla was 2019's biggest film and now holds the title of being the highest-grossing local film to date. 
The ten highest grossing films were a mix of just about all genres: comedy films The Panti Sisters and Jowable; horror films Eerie and Clarita; movies about friendshipUnbreakable and Unforgettable; romantic melodrama Isa Pa With Feelings; and erotic film Just A Stranger.

Star Cinema, Viva Films and Black Sheep Productions dominated the big screen with their respective offerings.

Neophyte directors also had their screen debut this year, with Darryl Yap directing one of the top 10 highest grossers, Jowable. Other films directed by newbies include Jordan Sebastian’s The Art of LigawPertee Brinas’s Letters to HappyBoy2 Quizon’s I’m Ellenya LJE Tiglao’s MetamorphosisRae Red’s Babae at BarilArden Rod Condez’s John Denver TrendingCrisanto Aquino’s Write About LoveJoji Alonso’s Belle Douleur, and Daniel Palacio’s Pailalim.

This year 2020, there are many promising films lined up such as Yam Laranas’s Night Shift starring Yam ConcepcionMikhail Red’s Block Z starring Julia Barretto and Joshua GarciaMae Cruz Alviar’s Love or Money starring Angelica Panganiban and Coco MartinBen Rekhi’s Watch List starring Alessandra De RossiJake Macapagal, and Art Acuña. All these are showing in January and February.

Hero Bautista is directing and producing 'Fusion,' a new film starring (from left) Marija Debelic, Luane De Lima, and Maria Ozawa. 
Other films include TililingUntrueWhether the Weather is FineFluffy and FreamI’m in Love with my AsylumAng Babaeng Walang PakiramdamLoakanOn The Job 2Love The Way You LiePost AngstEmpty By DesignHayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano StoryUr Mine Is Only UJames and Pat and DaveU TurnMy Stepmother’s LoverMagic TemplePendukoThe Mirror, and Lumang Bakal, among many others.

Another upcoming movie that is unique as it boasts of being the first culinary cinema masterpiece in the Philippines, is Fusion. Starring Hero Bautista, who also directed and co-produced the film, Brazilian DJ Luane De Lima and Croatian Ms. Pure Energy Marija DebelicMaria OzawaYayo AguilaToby AlejarHarlene BautistaHerbert Bautista,Monette RiveraKate CosetengNikki CosetengAlonzo Muhlach, Sandro Muhlach, Archie Adamos, Chris Aguilar, Peach Mascarinas, Elishah Pangilinan, Nino Muhlach,  Kiko MatosJethro Ramirez, and Miko Penalosa.

 “I think kailangan ng changes sa pelikulang Pilipino ngayong 2020,” says Direk Hero, who will push for the comeback of comedy films this year, as well as support foreigners starring, producing, or directing Filipino films.

Topics: Star Cinema , Hello , Love , Goodbye , Black Sheep , Viva Films , Fusion , Hero Bautista
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