September 04, 2019 – Patrick Tejada
September 13 to 19 is Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino week. This year's entries showcase love, family, and life in the time of technology of ecstasy (rephrasing Georg Feuerstein's book title).
Notwithstanding salary constraints, here are the 10 films to spend P350++ on:
For her 100th birthday, acclaimed producer Doña Atang (Anita Linda) wishes to reunite with all her past colleagues and to find an unfinished film from one of her directors. Her grandson, an aspiring filmmaker, takes on this task. The history of Philippine cinema is the thread that runs through the film.
Sue Ramirez and RK Bagatsing portray two sex workers who agree on having a non-committal relationship with each other. Their relationship, however, becomes a deep friendship, and they realize they want, or maybe need, something more.
Take a trip north with Joaqs, Tom, Ryan, and Sam as they try to fulfill Sam's bucket list that he conceived as he convalesced from an illness related to his recently diagnosed cancer.
(May make parents wonder what really goes on during their children's outs-of-towns)
I'M ELLENYA L
Do whatever it takes to produce quality vlogs worthy of breaking the net. Once done, upload and hope for likes. Repeat and never stop. It's an oversimplification of Ellenya's dream, but it is a close approximation of what she desires most.
Here's something to ponder upon: Is she keeping it real with her stick-to-itiveness or does she forsake genuineness to play a character in her self-documented "real life" stories?
Vlogger Tim discovers his great-great grandmother is actually vying for the title "oldest grandmother in the world," and he wants in on the action as well. She's grumpy and also a little bit of a cynic, so there definitely is push-back because of her correct presumption of his intent. That is until he reveals he's the son of her great granddaughter.
LSS (LAST SONG SYNDROME)
Sara and Zack are 20 something groupies who may or may not serendipitously meet at venues as they follow an on-the-verge-of-breakthrough indie folk band whose songs become sort of their soundtrack. Along their ways, they form ideas of what love and life entails.
Ethan and, reluctantly, Rome allow each other "hall passes" when their years-long relationship hits a rut and their familiarity has finally bred boredom, if not contempt. Problem is one moves on, the other holds on.
As an OFW returns home, she must process issues with her family that have been left hanging.
THE PANTI SISTERS
The father of the three sons of House Panti offers (but which sounds more like a bribe) a reward of no small change. The fortune shall be granted to the first son who provides him a grandchild.
(This has the potential to be a sleeper hit if not one of the immediate top-grossers)
WATCH ME KILL
As if hits could be more complicated than what they already are, the anti-heroine played by Ms. Jean Garcia finds herself embroiled in dirty deeds much deeper than what she initially expected.
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