Last year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, or PPP, featured future-classics like Mikhail Red’s Birdshot and Victor Villanueva’s Patay na si Hesus. A year after its triumphant debut, the festival will be back with a fresh crop of films on August 15 to 21 in theaters nationwide. Here’s a list of the feature-length finalists and what to expect from each:
Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi (Jun Robles Lana)
Norma (Sue Ramirez) contracts a rare illness that makes her hypersensitive to cellphones, tablets, laptops, and Wi-Fi. So Norma is forced to relocate to a remote province with no signal, from where she must maintain a long-distance relationship.
Bakwit Boys (Jason Paul Laxamana)
A supertyphoon ravages the hometown of a family band composed of four boys, putting a halt to their musical pursuits. While taking refuge in a distant farmland, they meet a rich girl who offers to help them record their songs and have them played on the radio. Individual interests and trauma caused by the calamity test the unity of the band, as they struggle to make sense of life’s ironies and tragedies.
Madilim ang Gabi (Adolfo Alix Jr.)
A middle-aged married couple makes ends meet by dealing drugs on the side; when they decide to quit the trade, their addicted son goes missing. As the desperate parents scour the city for clues, the victims of the drug war continue to pile up, their bodies often dumped in the streets adorned with placards proclaiming their guilt.
Pinay Beauty (Jay Abello)
A barkada road-trip starring Maxine Medina, Chai Fonacier, and Edgar Allan Guzman.
Signal Rock (Chito S. Roño)
Previously entitled Bagtik and submitted for the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival, Signal Rock is directed by Chito Roño, and stars Die Beautiful breakout Christian Bables.
The Day After Valentine’s (Jason Paul Laxamana)
Kai (JC Santos), a distraught man meets Lani (Bela Padilla), a strong, confident woman who seems to have answers to all of life’s most difficult questions. Kai realizes that with Lani's wisdom and 'go-get' attitude, he may be able to fix everything in his life.
Unli Life (Miko Livelo)
After a man is dumped by the woman he was about to propose to, he discovers a whiskey that can transport him to previous lives.
We Will Not Die Tonight (Richard V. Somes)
A stuntwoman and aspiring actress is invited by her ex-boyfriend to a “one-time big time” heist that goes awry.