Sunday, August 28, 2016

19th Cine Europa Film Festival 2016 Celebrates Friendship + Film Screening Schedule

Starting September 8th, twenty-four European films will be screened for the 19th edition of the Cine Europa Film Festival 2016. “Friendship” will be this year’s theme for Cine Europa. It perfectly underscored the dynamic cultural cooperation and long-lasting partnership between the Philippines and the European Union (EU). Coincidentally, it also marks the EU delegation’s 25th year in the country.

The said festival also pays tribute to Filipino filmmakers whose works have been given special recognition in Europe through special screenings and line up forums. 

European Union's Ambassador Franz Jessen

Educational Component

The European Union Delegation to the Philippines presents sponsored screenings and forums of notable Filipino films that recently left a mark in the European scene. These events are free admission and open to the public at the Premiere Theater of Shang Cineplex.


Acclaimed producer Alemberg Ang will have a talk about “How to Watch Films Intelligently” (Ang Matalinong Panonood ng Pelikula).
A free screening of Cannes Film Festival movies “Imago” and “Ma’ Rosa” will be followed by a Q&A with directors Brillante Mendoza and Ruben Ribay Gutierrez. Moderators are Alemberg Ang and Richard Bolisay.


The free screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ruben Maria Soriquez, the director and lead actor of “Of Sinners and Saints.” Moderators are Ed Cabagnot and Jonell Estillore.
This will be followed by a Q&A with director Gabby Fernandez. Moderators are Ed Cabagnot and Jonell Estillore.

Cine Europa 19 Movie Line Up

Austrian film Brothers of the Wind (2016 / Adventure, Drama, Family / 98 min) is a powerful tale of hope and discovery about a boy named Lukas who developed a strong bond with an eagle that fell from its nest, which he cared for and named Abel.

All Cats Are Grey (Tous les chats sont gris / Drama / 90 min) is a Belgian film about a rebellious upper class teenager named Dorothy and a kind-hearted amateur detective named Paul who also happens to be her biological father. She asks for his help to find her dad, not knowing Paul is the man she’s looking for.

Belgium's entry would be the fim called With Friends Like These (Dagen zonder lief / Comedy, Drama / 100 min). The film shows how the return home of the character named Black Kelly disrupts the life of her old friends and causes them some trouble.

Bulgarian film Love & Engineering (Comedy, Romance / 81 min) is about Atanas, a computer engineer who develops a formula to find the perfect wife. He uses other engineers as guinea pigs and sends them out to test his theories in the real world.

Czech Republic’s Normal: The Düsseldorf Ripper (Crime, Drama, Thriller / 100 min) is about Peter Kuerten, a brutal serial killer who turns himself over to the police, and a young lawyer Justus Wehner who takes on his case but finds himself losing control as he studies the killer’s mind.

A Second Chance (Drama / 105 min) from Denmark, which was screened during the press preview, is about two best friends who are both detectives trying to solve a case brought about by a junkie couple.

Summertime (Kesäkaverit / Comedy, Drama / 90 min) from Finland is a warm-hearted and funny movie about how friendship stands strong despite the individual hardships of 25-year old Karoliina, Iiris, and Eeva.

French films also make an appearance with a film about coming of age via Being 14 (‘A 14 ans / Drama / 105 min) which is about three high school seniors, Sarah, Jade and Louise, who try to deal with the torments of adolescence.

While in Pater (France / Drama / 86 min), we see Vincent Lindon and Alain Cavalier film each other and portray characters they invented together.

In Beloved Sisters (Die geliebten Schwestern / Germany / Drama, Romance / 134 min), a love triangle of sorts forms between aristocratic sisters Caroline and Charlotte and a writer named Friedrich Schiller.

Stereo (Germany / Thriller / 95 min) tells the story of seemingly average guy, Erik, whose ideal life suddenly runs off the rails when intruders start disrupting it.

On September 7, The film Of Sinners and Saints (Drama / 103 min) will be the film festival's opening salvo. It is about a young Italian priest named Leonardo who was assigned to counsel battered women and teach English to children in Payatas, Metro Manila. There he meets his former lover, Merlinda, and tries to save her from an abusive husband.

Ruben Soriquez, popularly known as Liza Soberano’s father in the hit local teleserye “Dolce Amore”, has produced, directed and acted in this Filipino-Italian co-production for which he won Best Actor in the 2015 World Premieres Film Festival.

My Friends (Amici Miei / Italy / Comedy / 140 min), shows four middle-aged friends who are trying to prolong childhood by organizing idle pranks called “gypsy shenanigans.”

De Marathon (Comedy, Drama / 120 min) from the Netherlands tells the story of best friends Gerard, Leo, Kees and Nico trying to find a sponsor who will pay them to run the Rotterdam marathon in the hopes of saving their garage business from bankruptcy.

Norwegian film The Liverpool Goalie (Comedy, Drama / 81 min) is about 12-year old Jo who is desperately searching for a rare football card which he believes will solve all his problems while Kon-Tiki is about the legendary expedition across the Pacific Ocean of Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl.

Inspired by a true story, Carte Blanche (Drama / 104 min) from Poland is about a beloved history teacher who tries to hide the fact that he is about to become permanently blind due to a genetic disease so he can keep his dream job and continue helping his students.

Mom and Other Loonies in the Family (Anyám és más futóbolondok a családból / Comedy / 140 min) is a screenplay from Hungary that tells the story of an odd family during the 20th century filled with heartwarming and mischievous events.

From Romania, Selfie (Comedy / 123 min) is about three fresh graduates from high school, Yasmine, Roxi and Ana, who go on a trip to live out a rebellious teenage lifestyle, breaking the rules without thinking of the consequences.

Bucuresti Nonstop (Drama / 86 min) tells the story of four ordinary people caught in extraordinary situations, but one thing they have in common is Achim’s 24/7 NonStop store.

Slovakian film, Stanko (Drama / 75 min), is a tragicomic movie that deals with the themes of women trafficking, and the universal bonds of people marginalized by society.

Spanish film Miguel y William (Crime, Drama / 101 min) shows the affairs of a woman named Leonor de Vibero with iconic writers William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes.

The film from Sweden, Unga Sophie Bell (Young Sophie Bell / Drama / 80 min) tells the story of how two best friends dream of living in Berlin but their plans change after Alice disappears, and Sophie sets out on a journey full of exciting discoveries.

The Lady in the Van (Drama / 104 min) from United Kingdom is about the relationship between renowned writer Alan Bennett and Miss Shepherd who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway but ended up living there for 15 years.

Cine Europa 19 Screening Venues and Schedules

  • Shang Cineplex Cinema 1, Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA, Mandaluyong City (September 8-21, 2016)

Sept 8 / ThursSlovakia: Stanko1:30PM
Belgium: With Friends Like This3:30PM
The Netherlands: De Marathon6:00PM
Romania: Buresti Nonstop8:30PM
Sept 9 / FriGermany: Stereo12:30PM
Germany: Beloved Sisters3:00PM
Norway: Kon-Tiki6:00PM
Czech Republic: Normal: The Dusseldorf Ripper8:30PM
Sept 10 / SatAustria: Brothers of the Wind1:30PM
Norway: The Liverpool Goalie4:00PM
UK: The Lady in the Van6:00PM
Spain: Miguel y William8:30PM
Sept 11 / SunFinland: Summertime1:00PM
Italy: Of Sinners and Saints3:30PM
Poland: Carte Blanche6:00PM
Italy: My Friends8:30PM
Sept 12 / MonFrance: Pater1:30PM
Denmark: A Second Chance4:00PM
Sweden: Unga Sophie Bell6:30PM
Hungary: Mom & Other Loonies in the Family8:30PM
Sept 13 / TuesRomania: Selfie2:00PM
Slovakia: Stanko4:30PM
Bulgaria: Love & Engineering6:30PM
Hungary: Mom & Other Loonies in the Family8:30PM
Sept 14 / WedFinland: Summertime1:30PM
Norway: The Liverpool Goalie4:00PM
Czech Republic: Normal: The Dusseldorf Ripper6:00PM
Belgium: With Friends Like This8:30PM
Sept 15 / ThursFrance: Being 141:30PM
Poland: Carte Blanche3:30PM
UK: The Lady in the Van6:00PM
Sweden: Unga Sophie Bell8:30PM
Sept 16 / FriItaly: My Friends1:00PM
Romania: Bucuresti Nonstop4:00PM
Denmark: A Second Chance6:00PM
Austria: Brothers of the Wind8:30PM
Sept 17 / SatBulgaria: Love & Engineering1:30PM
Norway: Kon-Tiki3:30PM
Belgium: All Cats are Grey6:00PM
France: Pater8:30 PM
Sept 18 / SunThe Netherlands: De Marathon12:30PM
Germany: Beloved Sisters3:00PM
Spain: Miguel y William6:00PM
Romania: Selfie8:30PM
  • FDCP Cinematheque Baguio (September 20-25)
  • FDCP Iloilo City (September 27 – October 2)
  • Ayala Center Cebu (October 7-9)
  • Zamboanga Cinematheque (October 12-16)
  • University of the Philippines – Visayas, Tacloban (October 18-23)
  • FDCP Cinematheque Davao (October 25-30)
  • Visayas State University, Leyte (November 8-13)
  • Liceo de Cagayan, CDO (November 15-20)
  • Palawan State University and Robinsons Place Palawan (November 22-27)
  • FDCP Cinematheque Manila (December 6-11)

Admission is FREE for all screenings in all locations.
Cine Europa is presented by the European Union Delegation to the Philippines, the EU member states; embassies, Embassy of Norway, EU MS Consulates and its partner organizations from the private sector, academe and government agencies.

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