(SPOT.ph) It's common to hear about movie stars venturing into the music scene—especially in the Philippines—but it's worth noting when you hear that one of your playlist mainstays will soon be on the big screen. Nine-piece indie folk band Ben&Ben will star alongside Khalil Ramos and Gabbi Garcia in a new film entitled LSS (Last Song Syndrome), one of the first three finalists of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019. The annual film festival will be happening from September 12 to 18 in cinemas all around the country.
LSS (Last Song Syndrome) is going to be directed by Jade Castro, who helmed the rom-com My Big Love and the award-winning indie romance Endo. According to Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP)'s Facebook page, the film follows "Sarah and Zak, an aspiring musician and a yearning son, [who] find themselves in a series of almost-but-not-quite romantic encounters as they follow an uprising indie-folk band." The movie is produced by Globe Studios, Dokimos Media Studio, and Ben&Ben.
In addition to LSS (Last Song Syndrome), director Rod Marmol's Cuddle Weather also made it as a finalist. Produced by Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects, the same studio behind That Thing Called Tadhana and Never Not Love You, it revolves around two sex workers who "form a screwy relationship as 'cuddle partners' only to realize that they want something more."
Perci Intalan, who helmed movies like Die Beautiful and Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa Wifi, is working on the third festival entry, The Panti Sisters. It stars Paolo Ballesteros, Christian Bables, and Martin Del Rosario. If you've watched Die Beautiful and Born Beautiful, it's worth noting that Bables and del Rosario have both played Trisha's (Ballesteros) best friend Barbs (Bables in Die Beautiful and del Rosario in Born Beautiful)—so this'll be an interesting watch. The Panti Sisters, which is produced by The IdeaFirst Company, is about three gay sons who are called back home by their dying father. He then gives them "an offer they can’t refuse: A P300-million inheritance in exchange for each of them giving him a grandchild."
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will be held from September 12 to 18 in all cinemas across the country.