Cine Europa starts screen­ings in Cebu

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As the big­gest run­ning film fes­ti­val in the coun­try en­ters its 21st year, Cine

Europa will kick off for the first time this year in Cebu City on Septem­ber 27 in

Circa 1900, Al­liance Fran­caise de Cebu and Ayala Cen­ter

Cebu City.

EU Am­bas­sador

Franz Jessen said that this new ini­tia­tive came about to cater to the vi­brant cul­tural land­scape in the

Visayan re­gion.

“Cul­tural diplo­macy is an es­sen­tial as­pect in nur­tur­ing the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the Euro­pean Union and the Philip­pines, es­pe­cially fol­low­ing the en­try into force of the Philip­pines-EU Part­ner­ship and Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment this year,” he said.

This year’s Cine Europa film fes­ti­val is or­ga­nized in con­nec­tion with the cel­e­bra­tion of the Euro­pean Year of Cul­tural Her­itage in 2018.

Am­bas­sador Jessen said that Cine Europa is one of the most ef­fec­tive means for the EU to reach out to the Filipino peo­ple. It is a unique way to show­case Euro­pean cul­tural di­ver­sity in the Philip­pines.

Chair­per­son Liza Diño of the Film Devel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines (FDCP) af­firmed that the agency is pleased to con­tinue its long-stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Euro­pean Union and pro­mote film di­ver­sity.

Twenty-eight movies from 16 Euro­pean Union Mem­ber States (Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Czech Repub­lic, Den­mark, France, Ger­many, Hun­gary, Italy, Nether­lands, Poland, Ro­ma­nia, Slo­vakia, Spain, Swe­den, United King­dom) as well as Nor­way will be screened this year.

But these are not the only Cine Europa treats that are ex­pected for this year. Side events will be or­ga­nized, such as a po­etry fes­ti­val, lec­tures on con­tem­po­rary is­sues by dif­fer­ent Euro­pean coun­tries and sport ac­tiv­i­ties are planned.

“Padyak para sa Ka­likasan,” (Bik­ing for the En­vi­ron­ment) which has al­ready gained a large fol­low­ing in Palawan, is ex­pected to jump­start in Oc­to­ber in Puerto Princesa City with Euro­pean diplo­mats join­ing the bike tour.

Cine Europa 21 will also for the first time fea­ture the movie “The Lease,” an Ital­ian-Filipino para­nor­mal thriller by film­maker Paolo Ber­tola which is star­ring Ruben Maria Soriquez and Filip­ina ac­tress Garie Con­cep­cion, while Aus­tria will screen short films “Mathias,” “Fuddy Duddy” and “Wannabe” in ad­di­tion to its full-length film “Made­moi­selle Par­adis (Licht).”

For the press screen­ing, the fea­tured film is the Span­ish en­try “Bien­venido, Mis­ter Mar­shall,” a com­edy that fea­tures a vil­lage whose in­hab­i­tants are dis­guised as An­dalu­sians to wel­come a per­son­al­ity. The fun starts with the good-na­tured mayor who is seek­ing means to im­prove life in the vil­lage.

This black and white film has re­ceived awards and ci­ta­tions, in­clud­ing the In­ter­na­tional price of good hu­mor, with a spe­cial men­tion for the sce­nario and for the scriptwrit­ers (Prix in­ter­na­tional du film de la bonne humeur avec men­tion spé­ciale pour le sce­nario) at the 1953 Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val will start in Cebu with a re­cep­tion on Septem­ber 27 fea­tur­ing the film “A Holy Mess” from Swe­den.

The Swedish film “A Holy Mess” asks the ques­tion how tol­er­ant the Swedes are. A warm com­edy about the mod­ern Swedish fam­ily and their con­tin­ued strug­gle to “do things cor­rectly.”

Cine Europa can boast of the fact that it is the long­est and most com­pre­hen­sive film fes­ti­val in the coun­try as it takes place in nine cities in a va­ri­ety of venues from the­aters to malls and uni­ver­si­ties.

Af­ter Cebu, the fes­ti­val will trans­fer to Ta­cloban City from Oc­to­ber 2-7, then to Iloilo from Oc­to­ber 9-14; to Leyte from Oc­to­ber 16-21; to Palawan from Oc­to­ber 2328, then on­wards to Naga City from Novem­ber 6-11, and to Baguio City from Novem­ber 26-De­cem­ber 2.

Manila screen­ings will be at the Film Devel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines from Novem­ber 20-25 and at the Shangri-La Plaza from De­cem­ber 7-16.

The fes­ti­val is pre­sented by the EU Delegation to the Philip­pines and the Em­bassies of Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Czech Repub­lic, France, Ger­many, Hun­gary, Italy, Nether­lands, Poland, Ro­ma­nia, Spain, Swe­den and United King­dom, as well as Al­liance Fran­caise in Manila and in Cebu, the Bri­tish Coun­cil, the Goethe-In­sti­tut, In­sti­tuto Cer­vantes, and the Philip­pine Ital­ian As­so­ci­a­tion.

Cine Europa has earned a niche among film en­thu­si­asts in the coun­try be­cause of its strong col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal part­ners, in­clud­ing the Film Devel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines, Arts Coun­cil of Cebu, Ayala Cen­ter in Cebu, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Cor­po­ra­tion, the Ate­neo De Naga, Univer­sity of the Philip­pines-Visayas in Ta­cloban, the Visayas State Univer­sity in Bay­bay Leyte and the Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Palawan and Palawan State Univer­sity.



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