MANILA -- Five films will be added to Netflix's roster of Filipino movies this June in celebration of Independence Day.
The streaming service has partnered with the local production studios Viva, ERJ Found Films, Black Cap Pictures, and Changhe Films to introduce subscribers across the globe to Filipino content.
"We are constantly amazed by the creativity of storytellers and the quality of talent coming out of the Philippines," said Raphael Phang, manager of content acquisition at Netflix. "Filipinos are avid entertainment fans, so at Netflix we are committed to bringing the best stories locally and from around the world to our members here."
Liza Diño, chairperson and CEO of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, for her part said: "With the world's inevitable shift to digital platforms for content, it is reassuring that Netflix gives us a showcase of Filipino titles for more audiences and markets to have access to."
"This growing slate of Filipino content on Netflix is a true reflection of the diversity of what Philippine cinema has to offer. And Netflix giving space to more Filipino films is an affirmation that the Philippines has the potential of globalizing its local market," she added.
Check out the five Filipino films that will make their Netflix premiere in June:
1. PINOY SUNDAY (Changhe Films Ltd)
Synopsis: Inspired by a 1958 Roman Polanski short, this lighthearted examination of modern life in Taipei follows two Filipino immigrants, Manuel and Dado, during their day off from work, when the chance discovery of a discarded couch leads to adventure.
Cast: Bayani Agbayani, Jeffrey Quizon, Nor Domingo, Dave Ronald Chang, Meryll Soriano, Alessandra de Rossi
Release date: June 5, 2020
"I never thought the feature debut I made 10 years ago can have a second life and finally get shown to the Philippine audience, thanks to Netflix. It is a tremendous honor to have my second movie after 'Cities of Last Things' to be included on a platform which has done so much to promote filmmakers' works from around the world to a global audience. I am lucky to be part of the family," director Widing Ho said.
2. SUNOD (Black Cap Pictures Inc.)
Synopsis: As the medical expenses for her daughter stack up, a mother takes a demanding call center job where the building's sinister secrets begin to haunt her.
Cast: Carmina Villarroel, Mylene Dizon, JC Santos, Kate Alejandrino, Krystal Brimner, Rhed Bustamante, Susan Africa
Release date: June 14, 2020
"Having 'Sunod' screen theatrically during the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival was an incredible experience, and now I'm excited for the film to find a new audience online, especially on Netflix, which has the best streaming. Speaking on behalf of myself and my crew, we took great pains to make the movie look and sound good, so it'll be a rush to see it stream in high quality," said director Carlo Ledesma.
3. LOLA IGNA (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)
Synopsis: An elderly woman finds her life disrupted when her family and village realize she has a chance at a world record for being the oldest grandmother alive. ('Lola Igna' was awarded Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score and Best Actress at the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awards Night.)
Cast: Angie Ferro, Yves Flores, Meryll Soriano, Maria Isabel Lopez, Royce Cabrera, Jojo Riguerra, Armando A. Reyes
Release date: June 18, 2020
"I felt flabbergasted when I got the news from Netflix that the team loved my film, not just one but two of my films. I'm personally thankful to Netflix for introducing 'Lola Igna' and 'Ordinary People,' to a larger audience, not only in the Philippines, but to the whole world. Now my films can be easily accessible anytime, and anywhere around the world," said director Eduardo W. Roy Jr.
4. UNTRUE (Viva Communications Inc.)
Synopsis: Mara moves from the Philippines to the country of Georgia, where she meets a mysterious man, Joachim. They develop feelings for one another, until Joachim claims to hear peculiar sounds and see visions of a strange woman.
Director: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Cast: Cristine Reyes, Xian Lim
Release date: June 22, 2020
5. ORDINARY PEOPLE (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)
Synopsis: Barely making a living as pickpockets, a teenage couple in Manila resort to desperate measures when their one-month-old child is kidnapped. ('Ordinary People,' released locally as 'Pamilya Ordinaryo,' was awarded Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actress, and Best Director at the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, as well as Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and FAP Awards.)
Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.
Cast: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Kilip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Raymon Lee, Karl Medina, Erlina Villalobos, Menggie Cobrarrubias
Release date: To be announced