FEATURES: Check out our favorite entries in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino
August 23, 2019 Divine Sanchez
This year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is giving us a hella bunch of good movies! Keep on reading to know our top picks!
Calling out all movie junkies out there, we got some good news! Once a year we are blessed by the film gods to see movies showcasing true Filipino artistry. Thanks to the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino we can see freshly handpicked ones that proudly presents the culture, aesthetics, and social values of our country!
Here are some of our top picks from the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino:
“We have to give value to the past.” Circa focuses on once-renowned film producer celebrating her 100th birthday. Her wish is to gather all the actors and directors she has worked with before retirement. All the while, she is also troubled by looking for her unfinished film. Her grandson, Michael, decides to take on the task and finds himself submerged in the glorious and rich years of cinema. Circa reminds us of the 1965 film, ‘A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino’, wherein a former artist struggles to bring back the Filipino identity. Same as the said film, we believe Circa is a film that pays tribute to the golden days of Filipino artistry.
2. Watch Me Kill
‘Watch Me Kill’ is a psychological thriller film that definitely revolutionizes Filipino cinema. We believe the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino choose this considering it departs from the stereotypical view of women as fragile beings. Starring Jean Garcia, ‘Watch Me Kill’ focuses on Luciana, a contract-killer, before she saves a girl whom she was supposed to kill, she finds her purpose in life.
3. The Panti Sisters
Part of this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is ‘The Panti Sisters’. You have to watch out for this movie since it isn’t your typical comedy Filipino film. The trailer video starts off with John Arcilla announcing that he will be dying and mandates his three gays sons to produce him a grandson. The first one to this will inherit one hundred million pesos. We particularly like this story because it tackles the patriarchy thinking in the Philippines. Often this age, men are expected to prolong the lineage of one’s family name. ‘The Panti Sisters’ is a comical film because who’d imagine this kind of plot twist?