In a blizzard of excitement and raw passion, Manila has left us with a melting pot of creativity spiced with plenty of Filipinos’ signature humor and affection, and meeting at the cross-roads of mainstream and indie is Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the local cinema’s latest public display of appreciation, in a creative romance between it’s audience and filmmakers. Happening this August 16-22, in honor of the Buwan ng Wika, we binge-watch on a festivity with a wide variety of genre films that open up avenues for the industry to create a dialogue with our cinephiles. Here’s a collection of our own watch-list!
For the complete line-up of films, check out this page. – CASA BIANCA
100 Tula Para Kay Stella (Jason Paul Laxamana)
The film follows Fidel (JC Santos), an introverted and stuttering student who falls for his friend, Stella (Bella Padilla), a frustrated rock star. Unable to verbalize his feelings with his stiff tongue, he uses his natural talent with words to write his heart out and hope that Stella would be able to read in between the lines.
Bar Boys (Kip Oebanda)
Zooming in on the journey of four law students to the court, this film captures the unimaginable struggle of living off caffeine, balancing deadlines, plus the impossible yet inevitable temptation to squeeze in some alcohol to get you through the semester all while trying to grasp what this “legal” thing is all about. They do say that law is a jealous mistress that demands for your undivided attention, and Bar Boys showcases it in all its glory and ugliness. Would it be possible to sue the law school for the mental trauma it caused by the sheer amount of reading?
Birdshot (Mikhail Red)
Combining an innovative narrative focusing on a voice that has never been heard of before, this film definitely hits two birds with one stone. After unintentionally shooting a Philippine Eagle, Maya is forced to flee and hide in a forest — where violence and other threats lurk in the dark.
Patay Na Si Hesus (Victor Villanueva)
Cannes best actress, Jacylyn Jose, plays a mother who takes her kids on a road trip from Cebu to Dumaguete to attend the funeral of her estranged husband. Packing up along the road are their quirks and issues, and the narration drives off to a comedic start with detours to a more dramatic lane taken every now. Holding a borderline satirical voice, Patay Na Si Hesus shocks you with their no-holds-barred approach and makes you feel that this is one ride you wouldn’t want to pass up.
Star Na Si Van Damme Stalone (Randolph Longjas)
Film has always been a powerful medium to establish an emotional connection, and with Star Na Si Van Damme Stalone, it proves that people can also experience the power it brings. Including all kinds and minds in the spectrum of homegrown talents, a child with down syndrome dreams of being true to his name and become an action star, which prompts his struggling family to hustle and help him go from reality to the silver screen.