Five more Filipino films to hit Netflix this June

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) — Five more Filipino films will premiere on Netflix this June in celebration of Philippine Independence Day.

Netflix revealed on Monday a new slate of Filipino films, including horror, comedy, and drama, that will be available to Netflix subscribers across the globe starting this June.

"We are constantly amazed by the creativity of storytellers and the quality of talent coming out of the Philippines," Netflix Content Acquisition Manager Raphael Phang said. “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.”

The American-based streaming service partnered with local production studios, among them Viva, ERJ Found Films, Black Cap Pictures and Changhe Films, to bring these local films to an international audience.

“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,” Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairman and CEO Liza Diño said. "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."

Diño added that she is especially excited about the inclusion of 'Lola Igna', a heartwarming film, which won Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score and Best Actress at the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino awards, and the multi-awarded film 'Pamilya Ordinaryo' ('Ordinary People') that won at the 2016 Venice Days competition.

Other Pinoy titles on Netflix, including 'Eerie,' 'The Girl Allergic to Wi-Fi,' 'Miss Granny,' and Filipino Netflix film 'Dead Kids' by award-winning director Mikhail Red, were among the top ten most popular titles in the Philippines in 2019.

“I feel very grateful as a filmmaker that my work has reached audiences all around the world thanks to Netflix,” Director Mikhail Red said. “Netflix has granted me the perfect platform to connect with an audience anytime and anywhere. Even my older film, 'Birdshot,' which has been on Netflix for three years is still getting fresh reactions online from viewers seeing it for the first time.”

Meantime, to make this year's Independence Day even more special, 'Jo Koy: In His Elements' will premiere globally on Netflix on June 12, 2020. Jo Koy is a Filipino-American comedian who celebrates his heritage by telling jokes about life while highlighting the culture of Manila.

Here's more about the five Filipino films coming to Netflix this June:

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.

Director: Widing Ho

Cast: Bayani Agbayani, Jeffrey Quizon, Nor Domingo, Dave Ronald Chang, Meryll Soriano, Alessandra de Rossi

Release date: June 5, 2020

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.

Director: Carlo Ledesma

Cast: Carmina Villarroel, Mylene Dizon, JC Santos, Kate Alejandrino, Krystal Brimner, Rhed Bustamante, Susan Africa

Release date: June 14, 2020

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.

Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Angie Ferro, Yves Flores, Meryll Soriano, Maria Isabel Lopez, Royce Cabrera, Jojo Riguerra, Armando A. Reyes

Release date: June 18, 2020

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

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.

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