The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the Embassy of Spain and Instituto Cervantes launch a Spanish animation film cycle to be screened around the country for the month of July, specifically in Davao, Baguio and Iloilo.
Created to showcase a selection of some of the recent releases of the Spanish film animation industry, the selection, composed of four full-length titles, will be screened in the cinematheques of the FDCP located in these three cities. The selection is a combination of genres ranging from romance, comedy and including even a documentary involving autism.
Arrugas (Ignacio Ferreras, 2011) has been previously screened in Manila as part of the 11th PELÍKULA: Spanish Film Festival in October 2011. It tells of the story of friendship between two elderly gentlemen residing in a care home. Emilio is found to be at the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and, together with a whole group of other patients in their golden years, Miguel does all that he can to help prevent his newfound friend’s condition from progressing rapidly. It has won numerous awards including 2 Goyas in 2011 for Best Animated Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.
In Nocturna, una aventura mágica (Adrià García and Victor Maldonado, 2007), orphan Tim discovers a whole new world in the midst of the stars when he meets two odd creatures, Cat Shepherd and Tobermory, whom will help him get back the stars to the night sky.
A story of romance and heartache, Chico & Rita (Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando, 2010) is a story of love between a young beautiful singer and a talented piano player that will take its audience from Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. Nominated in the 2011 Academy Awards for Best Animation Film and winner of a 2010 Goya Award for the same category.
Finally, María y yo (Félix Fernández de Castro, 2010), a full-length documentary, completes the line-up with the story of a father going on a trip in Gran Canarias with his 14-year old daughter who is battling autism.
All four films will be shown in Cinematheque Davao on July 12; Cinematheque Iloilo on July 17 and 18; and in Cinematheque Baguio on July 25 and 26. For the full schedule, log on to www.manila.cervantes.es or www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.
This film cycle is oganized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the Spanish Embassy, Instituto Cervantes Manila and the Filmoteca of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).