SPAIN - The success of Filipino independent films has finally reached Spain. Seven selected Filipino movies are now being screened at a local movie house in Barcelona.
Every Saturday, at 8 p.m., from July to September, award-winning Filipino independent films can be seen at Barcelona’s Cinemes Girona as part of the second “Cinema de Cine Independiente de Filipinas”
The first movie shown was “The Red Shoes”, a romance-comedy that revolves around the infamous pairs of shoes amassed by former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
The film, which stars Nikki Gil and Marvin Agustin, almost drove a Catalan woman moviegoer to tears.
“I really like it. The movie is very well-made and it’s very heart-warming. And the guy is very handsome, and the girl too. Very nice,” she said in Spanish.
More films tackling student activism, poverty, migration, feminism, homosexuality and a critique on indie film industry itself will be shown in the following Saturdays -- Joel Lamangan’s “Sigwa”, Remton Zuasola’s “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria”, Chito Roño’s “Emir”, Sheron Dayoc’s “Halaw”, Marlon Rivera’s “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” and Alvin Yapan’s “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”.
Last year, Filipino classics such as Lino Brocka’s “Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag” and Mike De Leon’s “Itim”, “Kakabakaba ka ba?”, “Kisapmata” and “Sister Estella L" were also shown in Casa Asia.
This film showing has been organized by Casa Asia and Cinemes Girona in collaboration with the Philippine Embassy in Madrid and Film Development Council of the Philippines.