Cine Lokal, a joint project by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and SM Cinema, has announced their lineup of films for the month of September. Every week, SM Cinema will showcase a local independent film in eight participating cinemas, at SM Mall of Asia, Megamall, North Edsa, Fairview, Southmall, Bacoor, Iloilo at Cebu. Tickets sell out for 150 pesos only.

This month: a reunion rocks a decades-long marriage; a counterfeit painter develops an acute case of color blindness; a local girl reluctantly engages in a love affair with a tourist; and a quartet of Indochino men are grappled by the pains of unrequited love.

Here are the trailers, synopses, and screening schedule for the films.

1st Ko Si 3rd

A woman is looking forward to settling into a long retirement with her husband. But she quickly grows restless, and when an old flame suddenly turns up, she comes to reassess her past.

Director: Real S. Florido
Starring: Nova Villa, Dante Rivero, and Freddie Webb
Play dates: September 1 to 7


The film follows the story of Amir, a counterfeit painter, who figures in a freak car accident that renders him color blind. While recuperating, strange things start happening to him.

Director: Mike Alcazaren
Starring: Ian Veneracion, Jasmine Curtis, and Lauren Young
Play dates: September 8 to 14

I Found My Heart In Santa Fe

Jennifer tries to mend her broken heart by focusing all her passion in her work—managing the family resort. She then meets Viktor, a German expat who wants to get in touch with his Filipino roots. They meet on the island of Santa Fe.

Director: Bona Fajardo
Starring: Roxanne Barcelo and Will Devaughn
Play dates: September 15 to 21

I love you. Thank you.

Four gay guys struggle through the joys and pains of unrequited love within the colorful backdrop of Indochina.

Director: Charlibebs Gohetia
Starring: Joross Gamboa, Prince Stefan, Ae Patawan, and CJ Reyes
Play dates: September 22 to 28

If you’ve only got time to watch one from this lineup, I’d recommend you go see Puti. It’s a very good horror film and has one of the best performance Ian Veneracion has pulled, his performance as Iza Calzado’s husband-slash-scene partner in Bliss notwithstanding.

Let me know what’s up with your moviegoing. Hit me up on Twitter @armanddc.

Learn more about Cine Lokal on their Facebook page, here.


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