A seedy bar. A bus motoring from Manila to Bicol. The set of a porn flick. Vigan during World War II. The varied terrain of Pangasinan, pre-Pepeng. The precipice between youth and adulthood in Pampanga.
These are but some of the territories explored in the six entries in Cinemanila’s Digital Lokal competition.
Jon Red’s “Ang Beerhouse,” produced by actors Joel Torre and Ronnie Lazaro, is described as “a love story and social commentary” by the director.
“We can see the entire society inside a beerhouse,” he noted. “Everyone is there: from the corrupt and powerful to the wannabes and underdogs.”