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Restored "Aquellas Palabras" shown at PELÍCULA-PELIKULA Film Festival

Featured as part of the PELÍCULA-PELIKULA Manila Spanish Film Festival was the Spanish film “Aquellas Palabras” directed by Luis Arroyo. The film, originally made in the 1940s, was recently restored in partnership by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Instituto Cervantes Manila.

 

The restored film's world premiere was on October 12, 2015. On hand to present the film were Instituto Cervantes Director Carlos Madrid and FDCP PFESO Executive Director Jose Miguel Dela Rosa.

Instituto Cervantes Director Carlos Madrid giving opening remarks in the nearly packed theater

FDCP PFESO Executive Director Jose Miguel Dela Rosa addreses the crowd before the screening

The film follows the story of Father Carlos, a Basque priest, who decides to leave voluntarily as a missionary to a village in the Philippines. From the first moment, his biggest aspiration is reconstruct an ancient mission. But to do so he will have to face numerous difficulties.

The film’s elements were found in the National Spanish Film Archives in Madrid and then brought to the Filmoteca Espanola (Spanish Film Library) for digital scanning and restoration.

The film signifies a long-shared history between the Philippines and Spain; and more specifically, a shared history in film. The Philippines’ century old love affair with cinema is in fact due to a Spaniard name, Senor Francisco Pertierra, and his home in Escolta, wherein the first moving images were projected in the country. Shown at his house, within the walls of Intramuros, were the first film clips ever shown to the Filipinos – a man with a hat, a boxing match, a Japanese dance, and a plaza outside a Parisian opera house.

 

This film and its restoration, as well as the annual PELÍCULA-PELIKULA Film Festival, is just one of the constant linkages that continually strengthens culturally historical and collaborative ties between the Philippines and Spain.

 

Film Development Council of the Philippines