Net­flix to stream five more PH movies in June

Manila Bulletin - - Entertainm­ent - By REGINA MAE PARUNGAO

Net­flix con­tin­ues to give local film­mak­ers and ac­tors a global plat­form. The com­pany part­nered re­cently with pro­duc­tion stu­dios Viva, ERJ Found Films, Black Cap Pic­tures, and Changhe Films to of­fer more Pi­noy movies to the world.

“We are con­stantly amazed by the cre­ativ­ity of sto­ry­tellers and the qual­ity of tal­ent com­ing out of the Philip­pines,” said Raphael Phang, Man­ager of Con­tent Ac­qui­si­tion at Net­flix.

He added that the com­pany has al­ways been com­mit­ted in pro­vid­ing con­tent that cross cul­tural bor­ders, and their de­ci­sion­mak­ing on what to of­fer is par­tially based on con­sumer in­sight.

“More im­por­tantly we look at the strength of the story too. There should be unique­ness, uni­ver­sal­ity in the themes and how our audience will res­onate with the story.”

Sev­eral Filipino films are al­ready on the plat­form. Th­ese in­clude “Eerie,” “The Girl Al­ler­gic To Wi-Fi,” and “Miss Granny,” all among the top ten most pop­u­lar ti­tles in the Philip­pines in 2019. The first Filipino Net­flix film “Dead Kids” by award-win­ning di­rec­tor Mikhail Red is also there.

The next five Filipino films soon in Net­flix’s cat­a­logue are:

“Pi­noy Sun­day” (Changhe Films Ltd)

“I think the un­der­ly­ing story and the premise of this film speaks to us all re­gard­less of na­tion­al­ity or back­ground. We all have com­mit­ments, burdens, temp­ta­tion and strug­gles, friend­ship, pas­sions and dreams. So in short, just like them, we have so­fas in life to carry but what is im­por­tant and what we need to know is when to live, when to push and when to just sit down for a mo­ment and catch our breath,” Phang said.

Syn­op­sis: In­spired by a 1958 Ro­man Polan­ski short, this light­hearted ex­am­i­na­tion of mod­ern life in Taipei fol­lows two Filipino im­mi­grants, Manuel and Dado, dur­ing their day off from work, when the chance dis­cov­ery of a dis­carded couch leads to ad­ven­ture.

Di­rec­tor: Wid­ing Ho

Cast: Bayani Ag­bayani, Jef­frey Quizon, Nor Domingo, Dave Ronald Chang, Meryll Soriano, Alessan­dra de Rossi

Re­lease date: June 5, 2020

“I never thought the fea­ture de­but I made 10 years ago can have a sec­ond life and fi­nally get shown to the Philip­pine audience, thanks to Net­flix. It is a tremen­dous honor to have my sec­ond movie af­ter ‘Cities of Last Things’ to be in­cluded on a plat­form which has done so much to pro­mote film­mak­ers’ works from around the world to a global audience. I am lucky to be part of the fam­ily, “said Ho.

“Sunod” (Black Cap Pic­tures Inc)

“What’s more im­por­tant in this hor­ror film is the un­der­ly­ing premise on the mother’s love and that you would do any­thing nec­es­sary to make ends meet. You’ll see the pow­er­ful per­for­mance of Carmina (Vil­laroel) in this par­tic­u­lar film and how much her char­ac­ter cares more of her daugh­ter who is ter­mi­nally ill,” Phang said.

Syn­op­sis: As the med­i­cal ex­penses for her daugh­ter stack up, a mother takes a de­mand­ing call cen­ter job where the build­ing’s sin­is­ter se­crets be­gin to haunt her.

Di­rec­tor: Carlo Ledesma

Cast: Carmina, My­lene Di­zon, JC San­tos, Kate Ale­jan­drino, Krys­tal Brim­ner, Rhed Bus­ta­mante, Su­san Africa

Re­lease date: June 14, 2020

“Hav­ing ‘Sunod’ screen the­atri­cally dur­ing the 2019 Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence, and now I’m ex­cited for the film to find a new audience on­line, es­pe­cially on Net­flix, which has the best stream­ing. Speak­ing on be­half of my­self and my crew, we took great pains to make the movie look and sound good, so it’ll be a rush to see it stream in high qual­ity,” said Carlo.

“Lola Igna” (ERJ Found Film Pro­duc­tion Co.)

“I guess what is in­ter­est­ing in this story is the premise which echoes the is­sues of be­ing an old per­son be­cause there is a sense of lone­li­ness and long­ing­ness while talk­ing about the val­ues of com­mu­ni­ties and fam­ily. It has emo­tional el­e­ments rea­son why the audience will love this film,” said Phang.

Syn­op­sis: An el­derly woman finds her life dis­rupted when her fam­ily and vil­lage re­al­ize she has a chance at a world record for be­ing the old­est grand­mother alive. (Lola Igna was awarded Best Picture, Best Screen­play, Best Mu­si­cal Score and Best Ac­tress at the 2019 Pista ng Pe­liku­lang Pilipino Awards Night)

Di­rec­tor: Ed­uardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Angie Ferro, Yves Flores, Meryll Soriano, Maria Is­abel Lopez, Royce Cabr­era, Jojo Riguerra, Ar­mando A. Reyes

Re­lease date: June 18, 2020 “I felt flab­ber­gasted when I got the news from Net­flix that the team loved my film, not just one but two of my films. I’m per­son­ally thank­ful to Net­flix for in­tro­duc­ing ‘Lola Igna’ and ‘Or­di­nary Peo­ple’, to a larger audience, not only in the Philip­pines, but to the whole world. Now my films can be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble any­time, and any­where around the world,” said Roy.

“Un­true” (Viva Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Inc.)

Syn­op­sis: Mara moves from the Philip­pines to the coun­try of Ge­or­gia, where she meets a mys­te­ri­ous man, Joachim. They de­velop feel­ings for one an­other, un­til Joachim claims to hear pe­cu­liar sounds and see vi­sions of a strange woman.

Di­rec­tor: Si­grid Andrea Bernardo

Cast: Cris­tine Reyes, Xian Lim

Re­lease date: June 22, 2020

“Or­di­nary Peo­ple” (ERJ Found Film Pro­duc­tion Co.)

Syn­op­sis: Barely mak­ing a liv­ing as pick­pock­ets, a teenage cou­ple in Manila re­sort to des­per­ate mea­sures when their onemonth-old child is kid­napped. (Or­di­nary Peo­ple was awarded Best Film, Best Edit­ing, Best Ac­tress, Best Di­rec­tor at the 12th Cine­malaya In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val, as well as Best Ac­tress at the Asia Pa­cific Screen Awards and FAP Awards)

Di­rec­tor: Ed­uardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Ron­waldo Martin, Has­mine Kilip, Maria Is­abel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Ray­mon Lee, Karl Me­d­ina, Er­lina Vil­lalo­bos, Meng­gie Co­brar­ru­bias

Re­lease date: To be an­nounced

‘Sunod’ ‘Lola Igna’ ‘Un­true’

‘Pi­noy Sun­day’ ‘Pam­ilya Or­di­naryo’

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