August is shaping up as an exciting month for cineastes — aside from the Cinemalaya film festival, another event they can look forward to is the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP).
Organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, PPP is an industry event happening from August 15 — 21 where eight films will be shown all over the country.
During this week, no foreign films will be shown to give local films the opportunity to reach their audiences without competing with Hollywood blockbusters.
A combination of independent and mainstream feature films were chosen for the festival. Here are what viewers can expect from each of them.
Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi by Jun Robles Lana
A girl suddenly develops an allergic reaction to Wi-Fi, phones, and tablets, putting her relationship with her boyfriend at risk. Will their relationship thrive in the absence of technology? Starring Sue Ramirez, Markus Paterson and, Jameson Blake.
Bakwit Boys by Jason Paul Laxamana
Four boys with musical talents get a shot at stardom when they team up with a posh city girl. Starring Vance Larena, Nikko Natividad, Ryle Santiago, and Mackie Empuerto.
Madilim ang Gabi by Adolfo Alix Jr.
A couple experiences the terrors of the government’s drug war first-hand when their son goes missing. Starring Gina Alajar, Philip Salvador, and Felix Roco.
Pinay Beauty by Jay Abello
Chai Fonacier stars as a typical Filipino girl who will do everything to look white. Also starring Edgar Allan Guzman.
Signal Rock by Chito S. Roño
A carefree small-town man decides to help his Finland-based sister win a custody battle. Starring Christian Bables, Francis Magundayao, Elora Espano, and Mon Confiado, among others.
The Day After Valentines by Jason Paul Laxamana
Bela Padilla and JC Santos first worked together in the movie 100 Tula Para Kay Stela, a film shown at last year’s PPP. This year, the two are back in another romantic flick, about a man who meets a girl who mends his broken heart, earning her the nickname “Ms. Repairman.”
Unli Life by Miko Livelo
A podcast DJ gets several chances to redo his love life by traveling back in time, all thanks to a magical drink called “wishky.” Think Groundhog Day with a local feel. Starring Vhong Navarro, Joey Marquez, Winwyn Marquez, and Ejay Falcon.
We Will Not Die Tonight by Richard V. Somes
A botched deal puts an aspiring actress’s principles to the test. Starring Erich Gonzales and Alex Medina
Which films are you excited to see? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us @CoconutsManila.