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Cine Europa Film Festival awaits its 19th Edition

The Cine Europa Film Festival eagerly waits to begin its 19th edition, which kicks-off this September 8 – 18, at the Shangri-La Cineplex, before making its way to other venues around the country. The festival is presented by the European Union Delegation to the Philippines and its member states, in partnership with FDCP and other cultural institutions.

Mr. Angelo Cruz (Cultural Officer, Embassy of Denmark), H.E. Ambassador Franz Jessen, Head of Delegation of the European Union), FDCP Chair Liza, and Ms. Marlene Dualan (Marketing Manager (Shangri-La Plaza)

The theme of the Cine Europa this year celebrates “friendship” as it boasts to screen 24 acclaimed international films over four months. Such titles are taken from member states of the European Union, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

FDCP Chair Liza was on hand during the Cine Europa press conference this August 22, 2016, at the Shangri-La Cineplex, in order to officially meet the members of the European Delegation to the Philippines.  The festival was introduced to the press and other members of the diplomatic corps by H.E. Ambassador Franz Jesse, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines; Ms. Marline Dualan, Marketing Manager of Shangri-La Plaza; Mr. Angelo Cruz, Cultural Officer of the Embassy of Denmark; and FDCP Chair Liza.

“The Cine Europa continues to be a beloved festival within the Cinematic calendar of the Philippines… and is always eagerly anticipated in the FDCP Cinematheques in Baguio, Davao, IloIlo, and Zamboanga,” Chair Liza stated, as the traveling festival lines-up with her goals of decentralizing the FDCP and giving more attention to the regions.

                The schedule of Cine Eurpoa is as follows:

                Sept. 8 – 18 -  Shang Cineplex

                Sept. 20 – 25 - FDCP Cinematheque Baguio

                Sept. 27 – Oct. 2 -  FDCP Cinematheque IloIlo

                Oct. 7 – 9 - Ayala Center Cebu

                Oct. 12 – 16 - FDCP Cinematheque Zamboanga

                Oct. 18 – 23 - UP Tacloban

                Oct. 25 – 30 - FDCP Cinematheque Davao

                Nov. 8 – 13 - Visayas State University, Leyte

                Nov. 15 – 20   - Liceo De Cagayan University, CDO

                Nov. 22 – 27 -Palawan State University 7 Robinsons Place Palawan

                Dec. 6 – 11 - FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila

All screenings and events of 19th Cine Europa are free admission on a first-come, first-served basis. For the Shang screenings, tickets will be distributed at the box office 30 minutes before every film.

Cine Europa also delivers an educational component, in addition to its screenings this year. With special talks on international film festival participation, European-Philippine co-productions, and a special Q&A with director Brillante Mendoza, students and cineastes are sure to get their cinematic cravings satisfied. The schedule and program of the educational component is as follows:

Below is the screening schedule for Cine Europa at the Shang Cineplex, from Sept. 8 – 18:

 

 

The films screening at Cine Europa this years are as follows. (Synopses from Cinema Bravo website)

AUSTRIA: BROTHERS OF THE WIND
 
A child suffering from the burden of his mother’s death in his childhood and the deep grief of his father finds an eagle chick and a love for the animal he has never felt in his life.
 

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BELGIUM: ALL CATS ARE GREY (Tous les Chats Sont Gris)

Unbeknown to rebellious teenager Dorothy, her biological father Paul has been watching her through childhood from a distance, until Dorothy wants to look for her father and hires help through an amateur detective—Paul.

 

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BELGIUM: WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE (Dagen Zonder Lief)

Black Kelly comes back home from her stint in New York with her hair color changed, along with her friends. They have new lovers, plans to migrate, or children, and now their lives are disturbed by her return.

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BULGARIA: LOVE & ENGINEERING

Computer engineer Atanas thinks he’s cracked the code of love and sends out his friends to test his theories on finding a wife. The gang of computer geeks try to solve the science of love, and find a little more about themselves along the way.

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CZECH REPUBLIC: NORMAL: THE DÜSSELDORF RIPPER

Justus Wehner is a young lawyer set to defend Peter Kuerten, a serial killer who eventually surrendered to the police. As Wehner delves deep into proving Kuerten is insane, he starts to lose his own grip over the case and his life.

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DENMARK: A SECOND CHANCE

Andreas and Simon are best friends and detectives whose lives have taken different turns—Andreas is settled down with a family while Simon is a wayward drunk. Until they take a case that is, that shakes both of them to the core.

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FINLAND: SUMMERTIME

Twenty-somethings Iiris and Karoliina take jobs as waitresses in the summer city of Finland, along with their colleague Eeva. All seems like a perfect summer, but the three must deal with the hard facts of their lives and their friendship.

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FRANCE: BEING 14

Teenagers Sarah, Jade, and Louise are set to make the most out of their final year in high school and go through the wringer of adolescence—authority figures, boys, drugs, and all—to discover themselves.

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FRANCE: PATER

Filmmakers Alain Cavalier and Vincent Lindon play themselves as men playing the president and the soon-to-be prime minister, weaving a story and blurring the lines of fact and fiction.

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GERMANY: BELOVED SISTERS

Sisters in late 18th century Germany Charlotte and Caroline do well to please their aristocratic mother and build good lives, except they fall in love with passionate poet Friedrich Schiller and the three begin an entangled romance.

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GERMANY: STEREO

Erik is a motorbike workshop owner, loving boyfriend to Julia and foster father to her daughter Linda. Only a tattoo reading “scoundrel” tips off to his dark past, until the mysterious Henry enters their little town.

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HUNGARY: MOM AND OTHER LOONIES IN THE FAMILY

A 94-year-old recounts her story to her daugher, of the generations of their family and her transient, turbulent life, having moved twenty-seven times to both confront and escape her troubles.

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ITALY: OF SINNERS AND SAINTS

An Italian priest, Leonardo, returns from Rome to a parish in the poor area of Payatas, Manila, discovering an old flame and resolved to help her despite his duty to the church and the threats that come his way.

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ITALY: AMICI MIEI (MY FRIENDS)

Four middle-aged friends since chidlhood—a bar owner, a journalist, an architect, and a broken nobleman—live out their age playing pranks and jokes, with a new love and a new friend coming into the fold.

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THE NETHERLANDS: DE MARATHON

A gang of friends working at a car shop that isn’t doing so well try any means possible to save their business. Then they have the idea to train to win the Rotterdam marathon, with everything at stake if they finish the race.

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NORWAY: THE LIVERPOOL GOALIE

Twelve-year-old Jo doesn’t mind girls, bullies, his mother or football coaches as he searches for a rare football card and just tries to get by childhood, until he is scouted and becomes a football goalie himself.

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NORWAY: KON-TIKI

Young adventurer Thoy Heyerdahl is resolute in his plan to travel the Pacific Ocean on a raft and prove the unconventional theory that the South Americans settled in the South Sea Islands. Despite all going against him, he and his crew set out to a journey to sea.

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POLAND: CARTE BLANCHE

Fearing the loss of his beloved job, history teacher Kacper hides the fact that a medical diagnosis has predicted his eventual permanent blindness. With only his best friend in the know, Kacper navigates his relationships with the troubling secret.

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ROMANIA: SELFIE

As a final exam looms over their heads, a gang of high-school graduates escape their responsibilities for the seaside, desperate to spend their last few years of youth in freedom and without consequences.

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ROMANIA: BUCURESTI NONSTOP

A 24/7 convenience store and its owner Achim become the center of four different stories in the neighborhood, lives of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances converging at the “nonstop”

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SLOVAKIA: STANKO

Stanko is a loser driving a girl from Slovakia to Italy, his chance to earn money and get out of trouble. At first he is just content to get the job done, but slowly the two strangers at the margins become friends through the trip.

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SPAIN: MIGUEL Y WILLIAM

Leonor de Vibero leaves London to marry a duke in Spain, leaving her lover, William Shakespeare, in shambles. Along the way she meets disillusioned writer Miguel de Cervantes, and when William comes to Spain, opportunity for genius arises.

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SWEDEN: UNGA SOPHIE BELL

Two best Friends Sophie and Alice move to Berlin after high school graduation, anticipating their lives to begin—until Alice mysteriously vanishes. Sophie searches for her friend through Berlin, opening her eyes to the world.

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UNITED KINGDOM: THE LADY IN THE VAN

The true story of the friendship of Alan Bennett and Mary Shepard, an eccentric woman with a hidden past whom Bennett allowed to park in his driveway and live in the parked van for fifteen years.

 

 

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