Known to be the longest and most comprehensive film festival in the country, Cine Europa is coming back once again for its 22nd year here in the Philippines. This time around, the film festival will be held at its new home in Cinema 1 of Greenbelt 3 in Makati.
Happening from September 20 to 24, Cine Europa will be showcasing 12 movies from different countries, telling the stories of love, friendship, faith, triumph, and courage. The film festival will also be going to Cebu, Iloilo, Bohol, Naga, Palawan, and Leyte as a way to reach more people in areas outside Manila.
Here are all 12 films you can catch during this year's Cine Europa:
Achter De Wolken (Behind the Clouds), Belgium, 2016
Directed by: Cecilia Verheyden
Screening on: September 20, 1:30PM; September 22, 10:00PM
Achter De Wolken centers on two people who meet after more than 40 years. After they have broken up, the two have lived two different paths: one married her best friend, while the other married another woman. Now that they are both single again, the film questions whether it's possible to experience a second chance at the love they left 40 years ago.
Teorie Tygra (The Tiger Theory), Czech Republic, 2016
Directed by: Radek Bajgar
Screening on: September 21, 11:00AM; September 23, 7:15PM
In Teorie Tygra, Jan is a veterinarian who realizes he has had enough of the life controlled by his wife. He then makes an unconventional plan to break free and fulfill the dream of his dead father-in-law, starting his journey to freedom.
Vinterbrødre (Winter Brothers), Denmark, 2017
Directed by: Hylnur Pálmason
Screening on: September 20, 11:00AM; September 22: 4:30PM
Vinterbrødre is said to be a a lack-of-love story, centering on the feud between two brothers and another family, as well as the younger brother Emil who only wants to feel loved and desired.
Tour De France, France, 2016
Directed by: Rachid Djaidani
Screening on: September 23, 4:30PM
This French film follows a 20-year old rapper named Far'Hook, who is forced to leave Paris after getting caught in a dispute with his rival. He is then hired by his producer to be the driver of his father on a tour of the French ports. An unlikely friendship forms between the two men, despite the differences in age and culture,
Grüße Aus Fukushima (Greetings from Fukushima), Germany, 2016
Directed by: Doris Dorrie
Screening on: September 20, 4:30PM; September 22, 7:15PM
Grüße Aus Fukushima is a German film set during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. It follows two women, an old Geisha named Satomi, and the young Marie, who must make friends while going through their own struggles in life.
Búék (Happy New Year), Hungary, 2018
Directed by: Krisztina Goda
Screening on: September 21, 7:!5PM; September 24: 1:30PM
In Búék, a group of friends who has been celebrating New Year's Eve together for years. They then start to play a game where they have to share with everyone the calls, text messages, emails, photos, or audio messages they receive. The game then turns serious when secrets and lies get revealed.
Essere Leonardo da Vinci, un'intervista impossibile (Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview), Italy, 2019
Directed by: Massimiliano Finazzer Florry
Screening on: September 21, 10:00PM; September 24, 4:30PM
In this Italian film, two journalists are looking for a scoop regarding the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death. They then find themselves in the artist's final resting place where they met da Vinci, and they get granted with an interview.
De Marathon (The Marathon), Netherlands, 2012
Directed by: Diederick Koopal
Screening on: September 21, 4:30PM; September 23, 1:30PM
De Marathon revolves around four out-of-shape men, all working at a car shop, who decides to start training for a marathon where they could win money to pay their 40000 Euro debt.
Kongens nei (The King's Choice), Norway, 2016
Directed by: Erik Poppe
Screening on: September 21, 1:30PM; September 24, 7:15PM
The Kings Choice, which is based on true events, tells the story set during three days in April 1940, when the king of Norway is presented with a choice with the German armed forces – Surrender or die.
10.000 km (Long Distance), Spain, 2014
Directed by: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Screening on: September 20, 7:15PM; September 23, 10:00PM
10.000 is about Alex and Sergi, a couple whose plans to have a baby is pushed aside when Alex receives an offer for an artistic residency in Los Angeles. Knowing that this could be her last chance to pursuing her passion, they put their plans on hold. The two must then rely on communication to keep their relationship alive, especially since they are 10,000 kilometers away from each other.
Tjuvheder (Drifters), Sweden, 2015
Directed by: Peter Grönlund
Screening on: September 22, 1:30PM; September 24, 10:00PM
This Swedish film is a socio-political drama about a street pusher named Minna who scams and takes young criminals' money on drug deals. She then meets Katja who she goes with to an illegal residence outside town where she meets a group of people who are also struggling like her.
Mary Shelley, United Kingdom, 2017
Directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Screening on: September 20, 8:00PM; September 22, 11:00AM
This film centers on the love affair between poet Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft, which eventually led to the creation of the first sci-fi novel, "Frankenstein". While Mary had created an incredible character, the society still puts little value on a woman who writes a literary masterpiece, and she is forced to challenge the society by forging her own identity.
Cine Europa is presented by the EU Delegation to the Philippines, and the Embassies of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom, as well as the Alliance Francaise in Manila, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, and the Philippine-Italian Association.
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