While men continue to dominate filmmaking on the world stage, several critics have noted that this is slowly changing with many women emerging as promising female directors.
To celebrate International Women’s Day this March, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), presents “Female Filmmakers,” a special eight-film line-up that showcases the achievements of contemporary Spanish, Latin American and Filipino female filmmakers who have established themselves as an important force in their own countries’ screen culture.
The film cycle opened on March 7, at 2 p.m. at Instituto Cervantes, with the Filipino horror movie Asin (2012), directed by Aimee Apostol; and the Spanish film También la lluvia (Even the Rain 2010) directed by Icíar Bollaín.
También la lluvia received more than 30 international awards and nominations—among them, Best Fiction Film in Panorama Audience Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011, and the Silver Ariel to the Best Latin American Film at the 2011 Mexican Ariel Awards.
Screening on March 14 at 2 pm, is Los niños salvajes (Patricia Ferreira, 2012), an insightful drama about three misunderstood adolescents from the lower class, living in a big city. This movie received the Best Film Award at the Málaga Spanish Film Festival in 2012.
On the same day at 4 p.m. Otilia Rauda (2001) a Mexican film directed by Dana Rotberg, tells the story of Otilia, a sensual young girl with an ideal body but whose face is marred by an enormous mole. As a result, Otilia grows up friendless, except for the companionship of Melquiades, a young man employed by her family.
On March 21 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively, scheduled are Ana Díez’ Paisito (Small Country, 2008) from Uruguay, and El cielo gira (The Sky Turns, 2004), a documentary shot by Mercedes Álvarez.
The film series will conclude on March 28 with the showing of a movie from Spain and another one from the Philippines: De tu ventana a la mía (2001) directed by Paula Ortiz depicts three women of different generations who lose the love of their lives and are now aiming to build the lives they desire; and Transit (2013) by Hannah Espia, which tells the story of Filipino diaspora in Israel will close the cycle.
Female Filmmakers is organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, AECID, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
Admission to all the screenings is free on a first-come, first served basis. Call 526-1482 (local 111) or log on to manila.cervantes.es. Instituto Cervantes de Manila is located at 855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila.