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European films in PH to offer more variety to moviegoers

by FFE PH News staff

The European Union Delegation to the Philippines presented the 16th Cine Europa last September 5 in the Shangri-La Plaza mall in Mandaluyong City. Cine Europa has become one of the country’s biggest film gatherings, and this year, the EU Delegation steps up a notch as it presents the films in 6 cities.


A Royal Affair, Germany

Julian Vassallo, political counselor of the EU delegation to the Philippines, said “Our goal is to offer films that Filipinos wouldn’t otherwise get to see on the big screen.”

Considerable growth was observed in 2012, remarked Vassallo, saying “In 2011, we had 29,000 viewers. Last year, we attracted 36,000. That’s a 24 percent increase.” Last year, the festival added three more cities to its itinerary. Vassallo said “We want to reach as many Filipinos as possible. This festival is not Manila-centric. We hope to expand to even more cities and provinces in the future.”

This year, 6 cities are slated to screen Cine Europa: September 5-15 is reserved for Shangri-La Plaza in Metro Manila; from 17-22, screenings will be held in the cinematheque in Baguio; Iloilo Cinematheque will host from 23-29.

In October, the Ayala Center in Cebu will hold the fest from 4-6. From 10-13, Liceo de Cagayan University in Cagayan de Oro will host the screening. The tour will end at the cinematheque in Davao City from October 15-22.

17 EU countries will be represented in the screening this year: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

According to Vassallo, the lineup will not have a common theme and is as diverse as the region: “The EU has 28 member states. Each one has a distinct national cinema. Some movie industries may be bigger and older than the others. Some cater only to local audiences, while others have crossed borders.”


Project Nim, UK

Some of the films to be screened include Danish Oscar and Berlin film fest winner A Royal Affair, Berlin fest Silver Bear winner Barbara from Germany, Britain’s Sundance winner Project Nim, and British film awards nominee Dreams of a Life.

The organisers have also tied up with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Philippine Independents Filmmakers’ Cooperative to give the fest an educational component. Lectures on film archiving and Filipino documentaries are scheduled during the run in Metro Manila. Vassallo added that the delegation plans to hold the same lectures in different colleges and universities.

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