With the theme “Coming of Age,” Cine Europe has now matured and evolved with its carefully chosen thematic films from 18 European countries namely Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland.
Jérôme Rivière, First Secretary of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines said that the festival is packed with 23 excellent and diverse films, which reflect the flamboyance, energy and dynamism of the European youth which Filipinos can very well relate to.
More importantly, the festival runs for two months this year as it goes to nine venues beginning at Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City (until September 20); Film Development Council of the Philippines, Baguio City Cinematheque (September 22 to 27); Iloilo City Cinematheque (September 29 to October4); Ayala Center Cebu October 9 to 11); Zamboanga Cinematheque (October 13 to 18); University of the Philippines, Tacloban City (October 21 to 25); Film Development Council of the Philippines, Davao City (November 3 to 8); Visayas State University, Leyte (November 10 to 15); and Liceo De Cagayan University, Cagayan De Oro (November 18 to 22).
In this year’s festival, the Embassy of Poland based in Kuala Lumpur, for the first time, will participate with its two famous movies: Miasto 44, a story of love, friendship and pursuit of adventure during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, and Ida, a tale of a novitiate nun in 1960s who discovers a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation.
Meanwhile, Finland returns this year with its entry, Naked Harbour, a film about how hope conquers love.
Belgian movie, Puppy Love, which explores the young’s sensuality directed by Delphine Lehericey, will open the Manila edition of the festival.
Another special highlight in this year’s festival is the arrival of Lenka Kny, director of Christmas Miracles in Prague, from the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Kny is expected to hold a series of lectures in October as his hilarious and popular movie showcasing the miracles of the Infant Jesus, is screened.
Cine Europa’s education component will continue with its series of lectures from Filipino experts in the movie industry providing intellectual insights.
Six short films by popular Filipino filmmakers Jorel Lising, Pamela Reyes, Martika Escobar, Baby Ruth Villarrama-Gutierrez, Pepe Diokno and Ida Anita del Mundo will be screened on September 12 and 19 at Premiere Theater in Shangri-La Plaza.
These movies have been shown in various European film festivals in France, Spain and Switzerland and portray the similarities between Filipino and European culture.
Cine Europa 18 is organised by the European Union Cultural Group in Manila and EU Cultural Institutes accredited to the Philippines including the Embassies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, the Instituto Cervantes de Manila, British Council, Goethe-Institut, Philippine-Italian Association, and Alliance Française.