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“The Filmed Don Quixote” at the Cinematheque Manila

April 22nd, 2016 marks the 400th death anniversary of one of the greatest writers and novelists of Spain and in the world, Miguel de Cervantes. De Cervantes, who penned Don Quixote, is considered as one of the most influential fictional works ever written.


In honor of the famed author, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, the Embassy of Spain, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) have organized a special cycle of films inspired by Cervantes’s life and writings, entitled “The Filmed Don Quixote.” The film screenings, to be shown every Saturday throughout the month at the Cinematheque Manila, compliment the various cultural events currently ongoing at the Instituto Cervantes de Manila to commemorate the great author and the lasting legacy of his works.


Cinematheque audiences will be treated to film adaptations of the great novel, Don Quixote, as well as an imagining of de Cervantes’s life and relationship with his wife, Catalina, and a documentary on the impact of Don Quixote and its plethora of incarnations in cinema.


First to screen is an animated film based on the famous novel by Cervantes, Don Quijote de la Mancha (Don Quixote of La Mancha), by Cruz Delgado. A compilation of episodes produced for Televisón Española between 1979 and 1981, the film follows the eponymous hero and his faithful squire Sancho Panza as they roam the world battling monsters and rescuing damsels in distress. El Caballero Don Quijote (Don Quixote, Knight Errant), on the other hand, is a live-action feature film inspired by the second part of Cervantes’s great novel Don Quixote, following the delirious knight as he takes on the magician Montesinos to break the spell of his beloved Dulcinea.


Las Gallinas de Cervantes (Cervantes’ Chickens) is based on Spanish novelist Ramón J. Sender’s short story about Cervantes and his wife, Catalina, who undergoes strange changes that perplex the writer. Her strange family is no help, and Cervantes’s only recourse is to get help from a friend, the painter El Greco. Last of the films is Quijote Cabalgando Por el Cine (Quijote Rides Through Cinema), a documentary following the chivalrous, wild knight and his loyal squire through their adventures in cinema. The film chronicles the various iterations of the character and his story among forty productions, proving the timelessness and value of Cervantes’s classic across culture and through history and literature.


“The Filmed Don Quixote” Cinematheque Manila screenings are scheduled on the Saturdays of April 2016. Don Quijote de La Mancha screens on April 16 with Part I at 1 pm and Part II at 4 pm. El Caballero Don Quijote screens on April 23, 1 pm. Las Gallinas de Cervantes screens on April 23, 4 pm. Quijote Cabalgando Por el Cine screens on April 30, 4 pm. The films are free of admission, with much gratitude to the Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain.


Film Development Council of the Philippines