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PELÍCULA-PELIKULA Spanish Film Festival Opens in Manila and will travel to Philippine Cinematheques


Since its inception in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes, the PELÍCULA-PELIKULA Spanish Film Festival has been an annual attraction for Manila filmgoers, bringing the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema to the Philippines.  Among the thirty films featured in this year’s edition, the exciting line-up includes “Ártico” (Gabriel Velázquez, 2014), “Stockholm” (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, 2013), “La herida” (Fernando Franco, 2013), “Gente en sitios” (Juan Cabestany, 2013), “El árbol magnético” (Isabel Ayguavives, 2013), “La plaga” (Neus Ballús, 2013), and “Diamantes negros” (Miguel Alcantud, 2013).

The festival kicked off last October 8 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas and will run until October 18.  It will then travel to Intramuros from October 19 to 25 where a special exhibit “Spanish Cinema in 20 Posters” will be displayed at the NCCA building, coinciding with the screenings there.  Finally, the festival will travel Philippine Cinematheques in Baguio on November 17-22, Iloilo on November 24-29, Davao on December 8-13, and Zamboanga on December 15-20, featuring a selection of the full line-up. 


Foreign filmmakers will be attending the festival, including the Spanish actress Maribel Verdú who will present two of her films, “Blancanieves” and “Felices 140” on October 9, at 4:30 and 7pm respectively, followed by a Q&A after the screenings.  The celebrated actress had her international breakthrough playing Luisa in Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexican drama “Y Tu Mamá También” in 2001, followed by her role as Mercede in Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy film “Pan’s Labrynth” in 2006.

Other guests include Spanish journalist Ramón Vilaró who will present on October 12 his documentary “De aliados a masacrados,” which tells of the trials faced by the Filipino-Spanish community during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines during World War II.  On October 13, Czech filmmaker Lenka Kny will present her film “Milagro en Praga,” a comedy that follows a Mexican family and Czech family who accidentally meet in Prague one Christmas holiday.

Viewers of the screenings have the opportunity to rate films to decide the “Audience Choice” Award.  After rating five films, they may qualify to enter the raffle where they can win a trip to Spain and other prizes.

The festival is presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain-AECID, FDCP, Intramuros Administration, and Ayala Cinemas.

For more information, visit the Instituto Cervantes website (www.manila.cervantes.es) or log on to (www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila)


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