MANILA—To mark its 10th anniversary, Spring Films has unveiled its slate of big-screen offerings, including a project reuniting the breakout tandem of Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez.
Founded by director Joyce Bernal, actor Piolo Pascual, and businessman Erickson Raymundo, Spring Films has gone a long way since it released its maiden production, the blockbuster comedy flick “Kimmy Dora,” in 2009.
It has expanded its genres, and has tapped big-name stars to draw a wide audience to its independent filmmaking. Among its most successful releases, the 2017 romance film “Kita Kita,” launched the unlikely pairing of “AlEmpoy.”
Spring Films is looking to, in its words, bloom further in the coming years. Already, at least 13 films are in various stages of production. Here’s a look at each of their posters, as well as the projects descriptions, as listed on Spring Films’ Facebook page:
A Short History of Parking Lots
Directed by Ed Lejano
In a time marked by transient and convenient relationships, a young parking attendant finds herself at the intersection of a personal and unlikely crossroads.
Ang Araw ng Itim na Nazareno
Directed by Lav Diaz
In an alternate reality in 2019, the tyrannical President of the Philippines holds a mock snap election to regain the trust of his discontented constituents. Signs of a second Ice Age begin to loom in the background and a police intelligence officer takes radical measures to save the country.
Children of the Lake
Directed by Omar Ali and Joyce Bernal
The lives of an 8-year old girl who survives by planting improvised explosives and an astute military private intertwine during the 6-month Marawi siege with fear, vengeance, and hope poking out of the beleaguered city’s corners.
Istariray is Born
Directed by RC delos Reyes
A young, gay barangay singing contest mainstay goes to extreme lengths to become the front act of his ultimate idol, Regine Velasquez.
Directed by Avid Liongoren
Starring: Robin Padilla, Sam Milby, Empoy Marquez, Arci Munoz, Angelica Panganiban
Avid Liongoren’s animated feature follows an attractive feline saleslady at a department store as she figures in a love triangle between her mongrel janitor boyfriend and a high society businessdog.
I'm Ellenya L.
Directed by Boy 2 Quizon
Starring: Inigo Pascual and Maris Racal
Doing everything for internet clout, a young online influencer-wannabe seeks the help of a social media guru. Sparks fly and things spin out of control as she is tasked to create original content in a span of a week for fear of having to return to her humdrum job.
Kuya Wes (Commercial Cut)
Directed by James Robin M. Mayo
Starring: Ogie Alcasid and Ina Raymundo
Caught somewhere between transactions and true love, a hopelessly naive remittance clerk becomes infatuated with and helps a beautiful customer in her time of need as his relationship with his younger brother spirals into disarray.
Directed by Steven Paul Evangelio
Boy meets girl in college, embarking on a wide-eyed exploration of sex, fears, love, and friendship in a time fraught with uncertainties.
Directed by Marcus Adoro
In what seems to be a stoner film, music and medical marijuana thread together the stories of five men who try to face their own demons and explore uncharted territories where existential crises and reality merge.
Directed by Raya Martin
Starring: Piolo Pascual
Based on an F. Sionil Jose short story, two childhood sweethearts — a small town boy and the daughter of the richest landowner in town — reunite after the decades that followed the Japanese occupation, only to find that the changing times have broken them apart.
Directed by Kim Tai-Sik
Starring: Nonie Buencamino, Shamaine Buencamino, Sue Ramirez, Marco Masa, Shinwoo of Blanc 7 A modern Filipino family in South Korea tries to mend its strained relationships when the father meets a hit-and-run accident and takes apart the car which wounded him.
Directed by Eleandre Buendia
A man hardened by violence decides to turn over a new leaf and reunites with his blind niece as he tries to defend the club he is working for from shady regulars. But at what cost?
Directed by Sigrid Bernardo
Reunion movie of Alessandra de Rossi, Empoy and Sigrid Bernardo.