Here are my favorite local films I saw in 2010 regardless of their year of commercial release.
Brutal (’80). A battered wife (Amy Austria) is made a sex slave by her abusive husband (Jay Ilagan).
Donor (’10). A woman (Meryl Soriano) decides to sell her kidneys to raise funds to pay for her employment to a foreign land.
Here Comes the Bride (’10). Angelica Panaganiban delivers as a gay man trapped in a woman’s body.
Hinugot sa Langit (’85). Ishmael Bernal directs this lone Filipino film that bravely tackles the sensitive topic of abortion.
Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising (’77). A college man (Christopher de Leon) and a forlorn wife (Hilda Koronel) forge a non-platonic friendship in the City of Pines.
Manila By Night (’80). Intertwining stories set in Manila directed by Ishmael Bernal. This is wildly recognized as Bernal’s best and purest cinema.
Miss You Like Crazy (’10). Star Cinema finally makes an ending of a film that justifies the movie’s plot. That’s a blatant dig at the unbelievably frustrating ending of One More Chance.
Orapronobis (’89). A heart-wrenching film about the atrocities of rebels during the early days of the Cory Aquino regime.
Sa ‘Yo Lamang (’10). A prodigal father (Christopher de Leon) returns to his family he left a decade earlier for another woman.
Sampaguita (’10). The film follows the national flower as it is plucked in the early hours of the morning to late at night when they are peddled as garlands by street children.