Aga Muhlach’s 1996 thriller ‘Sa Aking Mga Kamay,’ now digitally restored and remastered

Before viewers get to see him again on the big screen via Star Cinema’s latest movie offering “Seven Sundays,” catch multi-awarded actor Aga Muhlach in one of his most challenging roles as a serial killer on the loose in the ABS-CBN’s digitally restored and remastered film “Sa Aking Mga Kamay” this week in “Cine Lokal” at selected SM Cinemas.

ABS-CBN Film Restoration Group participates in this month’s run of “Cine Lokal,” a project by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and SM Cinemas where eight theaters are dedicated to screen films selected by FDCP that include award-winning Filipino movies, independent films, and classic films.

Released in 1996 by Star Cinema, “Sa Aking Mga Kamay” is a film about a handsome serial killer at large named Gene Rivera (Aga), who preys on unfaithful wives. The plot thickens when Gene’s latest victim turns out to be Camille (Chin-Chin Gutierrez), the wife of Joven (Christopher), the investigator of his case.

Don’t miss the digitally restored and remastered “Sa Aking Mga Kamay” with 5.1 Audio Mix Master on selected SM Cinemas from Friday (June 30) to Thursday (July 6). For the full schedule, visit on Facebook.

Since 2011, ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project has been restoring classic films to help preserve Philippine cinematic history. Together with Central Digital Lab, it has become the first restoration effort to be done within the country.

The advocacy campaign already earned recognitions from the International Gold Quill Awards, Philippine Quill Awards, and Anvil Awards not just for its cause to save classic movies, but for its effort to bring it to a wider and younger generation of audience through local screenings, free-to-air and cable television, pay-per-view and video-on-demand, DVDs, and even via iTunes.

Cine Lokal celebrates Pride Month with comedy film ‘Slumber Party’

Relive the misadventures of three gay BFFs on their crazy sleepover fun in the Cinema One Originals riotous comedy film “Slumber Party” as it hits Cine Lokal until June 29.

Catch it in select SM Cinemas nationwide (SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Iloilo and SM Cebu) with the following schedule: 1:00PM, 3:30PM, 6:00PM, and 8:30PM.

The humorous flick is among the featured presentation of Cine Lokal in support to the LGBT Pride Month celebration this June. Cine Lokal is a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with SM Cinema aiming to give filmmakers a venue to showcase more entertaining yet relevant titles to the mainstream audience.

Set in 2010, the movie is about long-time friends on a sleepover vigil to watch a much-awaited international beauty pageant, and who are about to be challenged with their greatest adventure yet. Their supposed fun get-together changes when a male trespasser, a wannabe frat boy, sneaks into the house and opens up unforeseen pursuits.

Markki Stroem, RK Bagatsing, Archie Alemania, Sef Cadayona and Nino Muhlach star in this feel-good film written and directed by Emmanuel Dela Cruz.

2016 Cinemalaya Best Picture ‘Pamilya Ordinaryo’ runs July 7-13 via Cine Lokal

‘Pamilya Ordinaryo,’ the most-awarded film of 2016 is going to have another run at eight (8) SM Cinemas this July 7-13 via FDCP’s Cine Lokal. Ticket at only 120 PHP.

Eduardo Roy Jr.’s third film stars Hasmine Killip (as Jane) and Ronwaldo Martin (as Aries), who play a couple of street-dwelling petty thieves. These two teenagers are parents to Baby Arjan, who is kidnapped by a gay-scheming-moneylender named Eartha. This is where the couple’s already complicated life turns for the worst.

Award-winning director and writer Eduardo Roy Jr. specifically targeted the millennial audience and wants them to gaze more closely at how some of their peers are living extra-challenging lives. Yes, the movie features foul-language and even quickie sex but it was approved without cuts by MTRCB with an R-16 Rating.

The film’s entertainment value can be found in its tongue-in-cheek comedic moments which is consistent with its satiric intent. The use of CCTV camera as a plot device gives the viewers a chance to be “voyeurs” ala Big Brother.

Some of Philippine Cinema’s most notable filmmakers has only glowing praise for Roy’s latest film:

“One of my favorites from 2016!” – DAN VILLEGAS (Director of Luck at First Sight, Ilawod and How to be Yours)

“Nothing ordinary, nothing is sugar-coated. It’s just as real as it gets and that the more you think about it, the better it gets.”– LEM LORCA (Director of Ned’s Project, Water Lemon and IntoySyokoy ng Kalye Marino)

“INTENSE! GRIPPING! Director Eduardo Roy Jr. at his best! Ramdammongtumatakbo ka rinkasamasina Jane at Aries.” – RAHYAN CARLOS (Film/TV Director, Head of Star Magic Artist Training, Director of Indie Film Ringgo: The Dogshooter)

Rappler columnist and film blogger Oggs Cruz describes the film as follows: “The film is most poignant when it puts its characters in situations where they are forced to act not out of nature, but out of shame, sorrow, or sheer hopelessness, all of which are traits and qualities that separate them from the animals that society has relegated them to be.”

The film has since garnered awards from some of the most prestigious film festivals abroad including Audience Choice at 13th Venice Days; Best Director and Best Actress at the 47th Hanoi International Film festival in Vietnam; Student Jury Prize at the 17th TOKYO FILMeX in Japan, and the latest one — Best Actress and Best Actor at the 12th Harlem International Film Festival held last May 4-7 at New York, USA.

Pamilya Ordinaryo will have 4 screenings schedules : 1PM, 3:30PM, 6PM and 8:30PM at the following SM Cinemas: Mall of Asia, Fairview, Megamall, North EDSA, Southmall, Bacoor, Iloilo and Cebu.

12-year-old girl falls in love with an adult woman in multi-awarded ‘Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita’

Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita, an award-winning film by Director Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo finally finds its way to SM theaters this June through the Film Development Council’s Cine Lokal

This coming-of-age film had a success successful run in various international film festivals such as The Osaka Asian Film Festival (Special Mention Award), Frameline Film Festival (Volunteer’s Choice Award), Zinegoak Glbt Film Festival (Lesbianism And Gender Award And Best Screenplay) and Festival Mix Milano (Honorable Mention For Best Feature Film). Aside from its international awards, they also bagged the Best Supporting Actress for Angel Aquino in the Gawad Tanglaw and Gawad Urian.

Featuring an astonishing cast lead by Angel Aquino and Therese Malvar, Ang Huling Cha Cha Ni Anita is story about a 12-year old girl who falls in love with a new woman in town; years later, girlhood crush blossoms during the Fiesta of Santa Clara in Obando, Bulacan.

This is Cine Lokal’s offering for LGBT pride month and ticket price is at only 120 pesos.

Catch Ang Huling Cha Cha Ni Anita on the following dates and SM branches:

June 16, 2017 – June 22, 2017
1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM

SM Mall of Asia, Megamall, North Edsa, Fairview, Southmall, Bacoor, Cebu and Iloilo.

FDCP, SM Cinema to screen indie films year-round via Cine Lokal

Strengthening its commitment to support Philippine cinema, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and SM Cinema launch Cine Lokal—a new cinema line that will house independent, award-winning films and FDCP programs in the following SM Cinema branches across the country starting April 2017:

SM Megamall • SM North EDSA • SM Fairview • SM Mall of Asia • SM Bacoor • SM Southmall • SM Cebu • SM Iloilo

FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Dino and SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. (SMLEI) President Edgar Tejerero will formalize the partnership as they sign the three-year contract at Cerchio Restaurant, Tomas Morato on March 24, 2017.

“Cine Lokal’s goal is two-fold: to provide independent filmmakers with a commercial venue for their films, thereby strengthening their experience and training on film marketing and distribution, and to create a culture of support and viewership among Filipinos nationwide. Independent films mirror our society’s milieu in the most meaningful and affective of ways and we are grateful to SM Cinema for this great opportunity for us to bring more choices of these films closer to our people,” said Chairperson Dino.

The list of cinemas above are the locations of the eight dedicated cinemas to show FDCP-curated films throughout the duration of the partnership. To ensure the success of its newest venture, SM Cinema and FDCP have committed to work together from booking, licensing, up to the marketing of the films to be shown in Cine Lokal branches.

“Cine Lokal affirms our support for the Philippine film industry which includes our independent film producers. With the help of FDCP, we have an opportunity to expand our content and invite a new set of audience. Cine Lokal brings SM Cinema closer to its goal of becoming not only the largest, but the most diverse film exhibitor in the country,” Tejerero said.

Movie lovers and independent film enthusiasts alike can expect an exciting roster of award-winning, independent films at Cine Lokal starting April 2017.