This April, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), is featuring three (3) independently produced films of 2017 through Cine Lokal. All set to be screened in eight (8) SM Cinemas, are films focusing on the daily real-life struggles of people who are short-changed by life but with big dreams.
Opening this Friday (April 6), is Mga Gabing Kasinghaba ng Hair Ko (Those Long Haired Nights), a film by Gerardo Calagui who participated in various international film festivals such as Busan International Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Cinematografo Originals International Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Black Movie Geneva International Independent Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Cambodia International Film Festival and Translations Film Festival Seattle. It stars Rocky Salumbides, Anthony Falcon, Matt Daclan and Mon Confiado.
The film is about the red-light district of Manila, with three transgenders who are the best of friends working as masseuses and offering sexual services for their clientele. The youngest of them, Tuesday, is a hopeless romantic looking for love in all the wrong places. The wise one, Amanda, returns home to her province to attend the christening of her ex-girlfriend’s son. The brave one, Barbie, looks to make more money through drug deals for a Korean client. As all three of them chase their dreams, it is anything but a normal night in the chaos of Burgos.
This is followed by Bhoy Intsik on April 13, directed by Joel Lamangan. It is a Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival 2017 Finalist and won the Sinag Box Office Award. This features RS Francisco, Ronwaldo Martin, Jeric Raval, Elora Espano, Mon Confiado and Tony Mabesa. The film is about two small-time felons with disparate personas cross paths: One is a principled tough gay; the other is a scheming, street-smart teenager. Together, they get caught up in a string of petty exploits while managing to forge a stronger bond.
The final lined up film is a sci-fi film Throwback Today directed by Joseph Teoxon (showing on April 20). It stars Carlo Aquino, Annicka Dolonuis, Kat Galang, Benj Manalo and Empress Schuck. The film is about Primo, gifted with a good eye for production design, who ventures into the working world with a great desire to succeed. Unprepared for the harsh realities of the real world, Primo experienced failure, heartbreak and regret in a series of unfortunate events. Life didn’t turn out as he had expected; he wasted away, wallowing in grief, and jumped from one odd job to another for more than a decade. While trying to make ends meet at the peak of his misfortunes, he experiences a technological glitch with his old desktop computer and gets a chance to re-write his life.
Catch these films at these dates at SM Manila, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Southmall and SM Bacoor.