Series of talks, documentaries and film showing highlight the annual event, with the award-winning filmmaker Nick de Ocampo dwelling on the European influence in Filipino cinema and how the industry developed after 100 years.
Just a few days ago, the Cine Europa kicked off with the premiere showing of Se!lfie 69, a Romanian film about three female friends who, after a hardcore night of partying, made a bet who among them could get married in just three days. This was preceded by a cool cocktail reception, with most of the ambassadors from the European Union in attendance.
Albert Almendralejo, the coordinator of the evernt disclosed to a group of media friends the goal of Cine Europa, saying: “Every year, the European Delegation to the Philippines presents Cine Europa, which is considered as the country’s foremost festival exclusively devoted to showcasing the best motion pictures from the European continent.”
Now, on its 21st year, Cine Europa will be held at the Shangri-La Mall Cineplex, from December 6-16. Films and documentaries from the Philippines that have European connections or content complement the screenings with educational forums and lectures that will be held from December 12 to 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Almendralejo further explained: “Eminent film historian and award-winning filmmaker Nick Deocampo and regional cinema advocate Elvert Bañares will be the featured speakers at the Cine Europa lectures.”
The series kicked off yesterday (December 12, Wednesday), with Mr. Deocampo delving on European culture and trends that have influenced Filipino cinema. Noted film artists from Europe and their works will be discussed. On December 13 (Thursday), Deocampo will talk on the contribution of pioneer Filipino filmmaker Jose Nepomuceno and the developments 100 years after Philippine cinema’s birth.
The lecture series will conclude on December 14, Friday, with Mr. Bañares’ presentation and workshop on understanding cultures through film. He will cite specific movies from European cinema and Filipino regional cinema as examples.
Almendralejo concluded: “Cine Europa 2018 will close on December 16 with screenings of To See the Sea (a family story from the Czech Republic that was made as if it was shot and edited by a 12-year old boy), Belgium’s comedy-drama Allez, Eddy (about a son who goes against his father’s wishes and joins a cycling race), the Swedish film A Holy Mess (about a family Yuletide reunion gone wrong), and, the encore screening of Selfie 69.
Admission to the talks and screenings is free; availability of seating is on a first come, first served, basis. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m .For more information, contact Albert Almendralejo of Spears Activation and PR at [email protected] or at 0999-3109704.