Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: What to expect

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — It’s another year full of new movies from the best and the brightest in the local film industry.

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is releasing ten movies that have competed for a slate in the renowned Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino festival this year. All film entries will be premiering beginning September 13 until 19 in theaters nationwide.

For 2019, the festival is celebrating 100 years of Philippine cinema, with the theme “Pamilya, Pagkakaibigan, Pag-ibig.” The event promises “exclusive quality” and diversity.

“We can’t wait for all of you to see different quality Filipino films that reflect the best that Philippine cinema offers,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño.

The festival will also present short films in its roster under Sine Kabataan. The young filmmakers of these pieces will receive ₱10,000 and their work will be paired with the main featured films as they debut in local theaters.

Here is the rundown of what’s to come:

“Cuddle Weather”

“Cuddle Weather” directed by Rod Marmol and produced by Project 8 Corner San Joaquin Project stars Sue Ramirez and RK Bagtsing in a unique “love at first sound” story between an experienced prostitute and a newbie call boy. Their mentor-mentee set-up seems like a dreamy porn film, as they get paid for loud sex in adjacent motel rooms, until one of them begins to want more than just loveless sex.

“LSS (Last Song Syndrome)”

Last Song Syndrome is a piece by director Jade Castro and Globe Studies featuring real-life lovers Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos, accompanied by popular local band Ben&Ben. The story revolves around Sara, an aspiring musician, and Zak, who find themselves in a series of almost-but-not-quite-romantic encounters as they follow an upcoming indie-folk band.

“The Panti Sisters”

For that slice of comedy, there’s “The Panti Sisters” by Director Jun Robles Lana, The Idea First Company, Inc., BlackSheep and ALV Films. The cast includes Paolo Ballesteros, Christian Bables and Martin del Rosario as three gay sons who were offered a P300 million inheritance by their estranged and terminally-ill father, in exchange for each of them giving him a grandchild.

“G!”

“G!” by director Don don Santos and CINEKO Productions is described as a series of good times, bad times, cherished bonding moments which will make the characters realize the value of love, friendship, family and life. The movie features McCoy de Leon. Jameson Blake, Paulo Angeles and Mark Oblea.

“I’m Ellenya L.”

“I’m Ellenya L.” is a film circling on the typical millennial whose world revolves around social media. Directed by Boy 2 Quizon with Spring Films, N2 Production and Cobalt Entertainment, the movie tells the story of Ellenya, played by Maris Racal, as she follows her dreams of becoming the next big vlogger. Will fate pave the way for Elena L. To achieve her dreams of will it lead her to the rocky roads of life?

“Open”

In “Open,” Rome (Arci Munoz) and Ethan (JC Santos) have been together for 14 years, but when they begin to feel that their relationship has gone stale, they explore the idea of an open relationship. This piece was directed by Andoy Ranay and produced by T-Rex Entertainment and Black Sheep.

“Watch Me Kill”

Director Tyrone Acierto’s “Watch Me Kill” portrays a ruthless assassin whose plan that was interrupted when she discovers that the man she needs to kill has more to hide than expected. The film produced by Cinebandits Entertainment, stars Jean Garcia and Jay Manila.

“Circa”

“Circa” is about the once-celebrated film producer Dona Atang, who for her one-hundredth birthday, wishes for a reunion with all the actors and staff she has worked with in the past. This features Anita Linda, Gina Alajar, Laurice Guilien, Jaclyn Jose, Elizabeth Oropesa, Ricky Davao, and Enchong Dee with the special participation of Eddie Garcia. It is directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. with Noble Wolf, ABAJ Film Productions, Swift Productions, and RSVP Film Studios.

“Lola Igna”

“Lola Igna” directed by Eduardo Roy Jr.with Found Films and EMBA Production, tells the tale of Lola Igna, a foul-mouthed and stubborn woman who is eager to die, but her neighbors are hung up on her winning the title “the oldest living grandmother in the word.” Her long lost great-great-grandson Tim, on the other hand, is an aspiring blogger who wants to latch on to her now-famous grandmother, but ends up giving her a new reason to live. This movie stars Angie Ferro, Yves Flores, Meryll Soriano, and Maria Isabel Lopez.

“Pagbalik”

In “Pagbalik,” Rica is in her 50s and after working abroad she comes home to stay with Cholen, her aging mother, until she finds work. She then learns what her mother has done in all the years she was overseas. The film by Hubert Tibi and Maria Ranillo, produced by Nuances Entertainment Products and PRO. PRO, features Gloria Sevilla, Vince Ranillo, Suzette Ranilla and Alora Sasam.

Sine Kabataan 2019

“Pinggu, Pwede Na?”

“Pinggu, Pwede Na?” by Elle Ubas and Johanna Valdez is about a depressed teenager who lets a a stuffed toy penguin and a paper-filled jar decide when she will end her life.

“Magna”

“Magna” directed by Geoffrey Solidum, Alexis Sister and Stanley Barrage, is a film that says despite all preparation and safety measures, no one is safe from eager and cunning thieves.

“Kalakalaro”

“Kalakalaro” by Rodson Verr Suarez revolves around a less-fortunate child who playfully finds his way to experience how to become a “real kid” again.

“Chok”

“Chok” by Richard Jeroui Salvadico and Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay is a mystery film about the disappearance of a teacher’s chalk. As she discovers who the culprit is, her life changes.

“Baon”

“Baon” by Czareena Rozhiel B. Malasig talks of an innocent boy’s dream of becoming a policeman and how that was ruined by a new rule implemented by the state.

“Tinay”

“Tinay,” by directors Andre Jacques Tigno and Angelo Fernando, is a story about an orphanage where parents are adopted instead of children.

“Atchoy”

For “Atchoy,” director Reign De Guzman describes it in one sentence: “‘Di pa man buo and aking katakana, tahanan ko na and Kadiliman”

“Kanlungan”

“Kanlungan" is a piece directed by Leslie Ann Ramirez about Ani, a seven-year-old who despite her seemingly cheerful nature in her home with her grandmother, hides a life of sadness.

“Toto, Tawag ka ng Ate Mo”

“Toto, Tawag ka ng Ate Mo” by Mary Franz Salazar tells the story of a young boy, a college student named Esme, and how her mother's phone conversation leads the real truth behind why Esme let him call “ate” instead of its original title.