A few coming this year, some created a few years back but have not seen screen time in Philippine cinemas yet. But still, ready your popcorns (and your wallets)!
Since Heneral Luna’s battle cry for an equal showing period with that of mainstream pictures, indie films started rising into the taste of Filipinos—the right kind of recognition they deserve.
Recently, I’m Drunk I Love You made waves across the country with its almost too relatable I’m-in love-with-my-best friend tale, made even better with Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino’s opposite acting.
Then came Baka Bukas, a start to the improving representation of the LGBTQ+ community in local films. Eventually, the list blossomed with Bar Boys, 2 Cool 2 Be Forgotten, and Bliss.
We’re only in the second quarter of 2017 and we were already showered with these indie gems. If you’re hungry for more, don’t worry. The powerhouses of indie films have blessed us with some more.
Here are some you should watch out for this 2017:
First shown in 2015, this offbeat rom-com shows the story of two insomniacs and their growing bond while the world sleeps. This film will be up from May 26 to June 2, 2017 in selected cinemas.
Starring: Glaiza de Castro, Dominic Roco
Directed by Prime Cruz
Probably the most-awaited indie film to hit the screens, Kita Kita sheds new light on how it is to love beyond superficial standards. This film hits the theaters starting July 19!
Starring: Alessandra de Rossi, Empoy Marquez
Directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
A story of a young boy searching for her missing sister who was scouted for voice training in Manila. However, what he found was the last thing he was expecting to see. Showing dates to be announced.
Starring: Carlos Dala, Barbara Miguel Drama
Directed by: Carlo Obispo
The story follows the events that happened to a young farm girl after she kills an endangered Philippine eagle. Need more to make you watch out for this? Birdshot came home big in the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) after bagging the “Best Film” award under the Asian Future Category. Showing dates to be announced.
Starring: Mary Joy Apostol, Manuel Aquino, John Arcilla
Directed by Mikhail Red
This film sure brings the same quality as Birdshot after being nominated in the same category in TIFF. The story focuses on the journey of a young Filipino-American searching for her biological father. Showing dates to be announced.
Starring: Bela Padilla
Directed by Ivan Andrew Payawal
Area shows the struggles of an aging woman trying to break away from her grown profession as a prostitute. Earlier this month, the film bagged three major awards in the ASEAN Film Festival in Malaysia—Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director. Add to that list is the “Best Actress” award for Ai-Ai DelasAlas at the 7th Queens World Film Festival in New York last March. Area will hit theaters starting June 2!
Starring: Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Allen Dizon, Sue Prado
Directed by Louie Ignacio