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Cinematheque Centre Manila Celebrates Inauguration with Special Screenings in January 2016

Celebrating the new inauguration of the Cinematheque Centre Manila, which joins its fellow precursor Cinematheques in Baguio, Davao, Iloilo and Zamboanga, anarray of beautiful Filipino and Danish films will be shown by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) this month of January 2016, abetted by its partnership with generous film institutions, renowned directors,and the Embassy of Denmark.

Kicking off Cinematheque Manila’s first crop of regular screenings is a selection of the country’s heritage films, all recently restored, like the much-celebrated Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975).The film, a journey of a naïve probinsiyanoto Manila in search of his love, Ligaya,is a realist portrait of Manila, madeby National Artist Lino Brocka. Another classic to be screenedmade by a fellow National Artist is Lamberto Avellana’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1965), an adaptation of Nick Joaquin's play of the same name telling the story of two spinster sisters and their reclusive painter father as they try to cope with their past. Joining these restorations is the bohemian experimental work On My Way to India Consciousness, I Reached China(1968) by one of our country’s earliest experimental filmmakers, Henry Francia.

Screening alongside these canon films are works by the country’s master filmmakers, such as Chito Roño’s Badil (2013), a gritty picture into small-town politics and its cutthroat government. Mel Chionglo’sLauriana (2013) also screens to Manila audiences this January; a ‘50s period thriller of abuse and redemption in a couple’s relationship. Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’s poetic and graceful Sonata (2013), about the unlikely relationship of a young boy and an aging opera singer, will also be gracing the screen.Together with these works is another contemporary film, 2014’s Esoterika: Maynila by Elwood Perez; a dizzying, imaginative trip of a budding artist into the capital’s corners and underbellies.  Rounding up the selection of local films is Lav Diaz’s Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (2014). Fresh from Diaz’s international and local accolades, the film follows the stories of a small town’s people as Martial Law looms over the horizon.

Following the success of the first ever Danish Film Festival last December, a prime selection of Academy Award winners and nominationsfrom Denmark will also be offered at the Cinematheque Manila this January, sating our curiosity for the rich and prosperous history of Danish cinema. Cannes Film Festival entry The Hunt(2012) is about a terrible accusation which threatens a teacher’s innocence amid his community’s growing violence and hysteria. The Academy Award-winning In a Better World (2010) chronicles the story of a doctor and his son as certain events put their family’s ideas of justice and forgiveness into question.

Babette’s Feast (1987), also the winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, is about a Parisian refugee who spends her lottery ticket winnings on preparing a feast for a conservative town. An agingcouple’s relationship takes center stage in a summer party inWaltzing Regitze(1989), a classic that brought Danish film to international audiences. Berlin International Film Festival winner and period drama A Royal Affair (2012) is set in 18th century Denmark, where a queen and her king’s consort find a romance that creates the start of a revolution.

The films will run from January 8th to the 31st of 2016 at the Cinematheque Theatre Manila. Both Filipino and Danish films have English subtitles. Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon will be accepting an admission of P200, while Esoterika: Maynila will be accepting an admission of P100. All other films will be screened free of charge. 

Film schedule and details are available here. 

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