Your Guide to this Year’s
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino
By Kyzia Maramara
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is now on its second year and still very much loved by Filipino cinephiles. This year’s 8 chosen finalists will be screening in cinemas nationwide starting from August 15 to 21, 2018.
You might remember that last year’s festival brought us the beauty that is Patay na si Hesus directed by Victor Villanueva, Birdshot directed by Mikhail Red (which went on to be an internationally acclaimed film even available on Netflix), and Pauwi Na directed by Paolo Villaluna. This year’s roster of films hopefully brings us equally delighting films that will boggle our minds and tickle our senses. Happy watching!
Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi
Directed by Jun Robles Lana
Norma (Sue Ramirez) is diagnosed with Electromagnetic Hyper-Sensitivity, an illness that makes her allergic to Wi-Fi and data signals. Having to avoid electronic gadgets, she has to live in the province where a much simpler life is waiting for her. But leaving will create an impact on her relationship with Leo (Markus Paterson) and Leo’s brother, Aries (Jameson Blake).
The Day After Valentine’s
Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana
Bela Padilla and JC Santos share the big screen once again (100 Tula Para Kay Stella) as Lani and Kai respectively, two people brought together by life’s problems. Kai tags Lani as “Ms. Repairman,” owing to her wise and collected attitude and her help in picking himself back together. As time passes, Kai is becoming more dependent on Lani, but is this what is best for two people on a journey to healing?
We Will Not Die Tonight
Directed by Richard Somes
Erich Gonzales plays a tough-girl role as Kray, a stuntwoman and an aspiring actress who finds herself in a tricky situation. Looking for ways to earn cash, she and her friends unwittingly becomes part of a group who wants her to kidnap street children for money. Dark, action-packed, and grisly, We Will Not Die Tonight will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Directed by Jay Abello
A comedy-drama film initially an entry for Cinemalaya 2018, Pinay Beauty tells the story of Migs (Edgar Allan Guzman) who has a huge debt to a loan shark and of Chai Fonacier who’s eagerly waiting the day her kayumanggi skin will be lightened.