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Submitted by: Sidney Aquino

 

via of Solar Films

When you take a look at your movie list as a millennial, you will notice one thing in common among most or many of them– romance genre. It’s in a Pinoy’s nature to crave for “sparks,” “feels,” “hugot,” and “kilig” in films. So it’s no surprise if they can easily get hooked for either mainstream or indie film. Although indie films offer a breath of fresh air to new viewers who have been used to mainstream with a more realistic or even new storyline that will also get you thinking hard.

Prior to the box-office success of “Kita Kita,” romantic indie films has once again paved way in the film industry since “That Thing Called Tadhana” last 2015 as one of the highest grossing independent films of all time.

Still it doesn’t mean that indie films containing a hint of romance means that it’s purely a love story. It’s not all cheesy but with complexities as well. There are still a lot of issues, themes and life lessons to tackle along with it in the movie. Below are recent romantic indie films which has a romantic ring with more to offer like Kita Kita.

 

100 Tula Para Kay Stella

via Viva Films

This August 16 in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, embrace the hopeless romantic in you! Be inspired to Fidel’s 100 poems for Stella in order to win her heart. But will his efforts really get through her in the end?

Starring Till I Met You’s JC Santos as Fidel, a stuttering student who has a huge crush on Stella, an aspiring, frustrated rockstar, played by Camp Sawi’s Bela Padilla. Under the direction of Jason Paul Laxamana of Love is Blind, this film will melt your heart and take you back to your college days.

Just what will it take for your crush to accept your feelings?
Watch the trailer here:

 

I’m Drunk, I Love You

Courtesy of Solar Films

“Alam mo na yan, inuman tapos may kaibigan kang masyadong nalasing, tapos sinigaw niya yung mga salitang yan.” – Director JP Habac on using the spirit of alcohol as a plot device about the concept of unrequited love.

While it’s true that drunk confessions happen a lot in real life, this is still not your typical romance comedy disguised as a friendship. Breaking rom-com norms is a thing here.

Two college best friends, Maja Salvador as Carson and Paulo Avelino as Dio, go on a road trip before graduation and finally realize what they truly feel for each other.

What if they’re in love? But not with each other?
Watch the trailer here:

 

Shift

Courtesy of Cinema One Originals & Outpost Visual Frontier

Don’t be fooled by the premise. This is no ordinary tomboy (Estela) meets gay (Trevor) story who found love like they are an average boy or girl who started off as friends. Director Siege Ledesma expands love boundaries crossing the search for identity and other issues which are not being tackled often in movies.

Shift is not just a mere period of working hours but undergoing a phase in life.

Will gender stop you from loving someone?

Watch the trailer here:

 

Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa

Courtesy of Dogtown Manila, Monoxide Works & Ramon Bautista Films

The title might got you wondering, just what’s with their story anyway? Because it’s not about a happy ending, rather the story behind the complicated relationship of Sam and Isa.

As it doesn’t start off in the typical getting-to-know each other phase but looks like in the middle of a mutual understanding already, you will be curious as to what lead to this seemingly unhealthy relationship. But the film doesn’t only focus on their love and affection towards each other but who they are outside the relationship as well.

Watch the trailer here: