PPP fest to show 8 films this year

Business World - - ARTS & LEISURE - Zsar­lene B. Chua

EIGHT FILMS, rang­ing from ro­man­tic come­dies to ac­tion thrillers, make up the slate of the this year’s Pista ng Pe­liku­lang Pilipino (PPP) which runs from Aug. 15-21 in all cin­e­mas na­tion­wide.

The PPP is a film fes­ti­val cre­ated by the Film De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines (FDCP) in 2017 “to rec­og­nize Filipino artistry in film and pro­mote the coun­try and its tal­ents glob­ally,” says the fes­ti­val web­site.

Last year, the fes­ti­val fea­tured 12 fea­ture films for its week-long run but the coun­cil de­cided to pare it down to eight in or­der to give each film a chance to be seen by as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

“What hap­pened last year was the au­di­ence didn’t have the chance to see all the films. I think one week is re­ally [ too] short a time for the au­di­ence to watch all the films in the fes­ti­val which makes other films to suf­fer (sic),” FDCP CEO and Chair­man Mary Liza B. Diño, told the me­dia dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on July 9 at the Se­quoia Ho­tel in Que­zon City.

Among the films in this year’s lineup are: Ang Babaeng Al­ler­gic sa Wi-Fi by Jun Rob­les Lana, a ro­man­tic com­edy about a girl who de­vel­ops an al­lergy to Wi-Fi and is thus forced to live in a re­mote prov­ince, push­ing her to re-eval­u­ate her re­la­tion­ships; Bak­wit Boys by Ja­son Paul Laxa­m­ana, a ro­man­tic mu­si­cal about four boys who get a shot at their dream when a rich city girl dis­cov­ers their mu­si­cal tal­ent; Madilim ang Gabi by Adolfo Alix, Jr., a po­lit­i­cal thriller about a cou­ple caught up in the drug war when their son goes miss­ing; and Unli Life, a com­edy by Miko Livelo which tells the story of a fa­mous pod­cast DJ who trav­els back in time to change events that af­fects his love life.

Also in this year’s lineup are: Pi­nay Beauty by Jay Abello, a com­edy film about the peren­nial quest of a typ­i­cal Filip­ina to look Cau­casian and the cost it en­tails; Sig­nal Rock by Chito Roño, a drama about a boy liv­ing in a small town who de­cides to help his sis­ter in Finland win a child cus­tody bat­tle; The Day Af­ter Valen­tine’s, also by Ja­son Paul Laxa­m­ana, is a ro­man­tic drama about a woman who want to fix a man’s bro­ken heart; and We Will Not Die Tonight by Richard Somes, an ac­tion thriller about a stunt­woman who tries to sur­vive the night af­ter a botched deal goes hay­wire.

“What we were look­ing for are qual­ity films which are au­di­ence friendly,” said di­rec­tor Jose Javier Reyes who is part of the fes­ti­val’s se­lec­tion com­mit­tee dur­ing the launch.

He added that of the 21 films which were sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion, they chose qual­ity films which can reach a wider au­di­ence be­cause “Pista ng Pe­liku­lang Pilipino has no pre­tenses be­yond be­ing a cel­e­bra­tion of Filipino films and part of that cel­e­bra­tion is au­di­ence-friend­li­ness.”

Aside from the main lineup, the fes­ti­val will also fea­ture a spe­cial sec­tion which will be screened in se­lect cin­e­mas. Films in this sec­tion come from lo­cal in­de­pen­dent fes­ti­vals held in 2017: High Tide by Tara Il­len­berger from TOFARM Film Fes­ti­val, Paki by Gian­carlo Abra­han from Cine­maOne Orig­i­nals, and Tu Pug Imatuy by Ar­nel Bar­barona from Si­nag Maynila Film Fes­ti­val.

Short films will also be fea­tured in the fes­ti­val in a sec­tion called the Sine Ka­bataan Short Film Com­pe­ti­tion. The shorts will be shown in tan­dem with the full-length fea­tures. The en­tries in this sec­tion are: Alas- Nuebe ng Tang­hali by Ena­lyn Le­gaspi; Anony­mous Stu­dent Vlog by Chris­tian Babista; Ba­hay-ba­hayan by Bryan Spencer Reyes; Bato Bato Pik by Ar­dinian Jaq Sanaqu and Lo­rys Plaza; Isang Tula Para sa Nawawala by Rode­mille Singh; Koleksy­ong Pa­malo by Len Frago; Masaya Ako by Daniel Ed­win Del­gado and Tiara An­gelia Ni­co­las; and Run­ner by Levi Jun Mis­cala.

The Pista ng Pe­liku­lang Pilipino runs from Aug. 15 to 21 in all cin­e­mas na­tion­wide. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit https:// pis­tang­pe­liku­lang­pilipino. ph/. —

MADILIM ANG GABI by Adolfo Alix, Jr.

UNLI LIFE, a com­edy by Miko Livelo

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