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Instituto Cervantes's PELÍCULA-PELIKULA Spanish Film Festival this October 2016

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For fourteen years, the Instituto Cervantes has been steadily bringing the best of Spanish culture to the Philippines, and the Spanish Film Festival being an annual highlight for a growing local audience. This October 5th to 16th 2016 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas, Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) presents the 15th edition of PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, bringing the community together for the greatest that Spanish and Latin American cinema have to offer.

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The opening press conference of PELÍCULA-PELIKULA at the Greenbelt 3 Cinema, Greenbelt, Makati.

 

To open the festival, a press conference for PELÍCULA-PELIKULA was held on the 26th of September at Greenbelt 3, attended by Atty. Rolando Dueñas of Ayala Malls Cinemas, Instituto Cervantes Director Dr. Carlos Madrid, FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño, and Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines H.E. Luis A. Calvo Castaño. There they introduced the media and guests to the festival and answered questions about the event, leading up to a screening of awarded Spanish comedy Truman by Cesc Gay.

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Instituto Cervantes Director Dr. Carlos Madrid, FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño, and Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines H.E. Luis A. Calvo Castaño opening PELÍCULA-PELIKULA.

 

The two-week PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia, aims to bring to the forefront the cultural ties of the Philippines and Spain and help the audience develop connections to the cinemas of other Spanish-speaking countries with films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela. The event boasts of a great twenty-one films in this year’s lineup, with a selection of films travelling to Cinematheques in Baguio, Iloilo, and Davao thanks to the collaboration with the FDCP. Also not to be missed of the festival are its trademark midnight screenings, its first “La Noche del Cine Colombiano (The Night of Colombian Cinema)” featuring award-winning Colombian films thanks to the Colombian Embassy of South Korea and the Diplomatic Delegation of Colombia in Manila, and the “Audience Choice” award allowing audiences to vote for their favorite film to screen again, as well as to get the chance to win a ticket to Spain, among other fantastic prizes.

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PELÍCULA-PELIKULA will also feature a second leg of screenings at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila from the 19th to the 23rd of October, with a special event on the 22nd Saturday: “Encuentros en el cine: Short Films from the Philippines, Mexico and Spain.” “Encuentros” features an open discussion about these countries’ cinema cultures with acclaimed local documentary fimmaker and historian Nick Deocampo, as well as the screening of short works from the three countries, with the Filipino films Digpa ning ati and Impas presented by their individual directors Bor Ocampo and Elvert Bañares.

 

With so much on our plate, PELÍCULA-PELIKULA this 2016 is sure to be an exciting time for casual cinemagoers and local Hispanophiles alike, thanks to Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, and the FDCP.

 

The schedule, complete lineup of films ,and further information on PELÍCULA-PELIKULA can be found in the official website of Instituto Cervantes, www.manila.cervantes.es and on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila. Tickets can also be booked and purchased in advance at www.sureseats.com.

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