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Here are the 13 participating films in Cine Europa 22

The popular film festival will kick off a nine-stop nationwide tour tomorrow in Greenbelt 3. This edition's slate of films includes a Gerard Depardieu comedy, several tales of forbidden love, historical biopics, and Elle Fanning playing one of the most recognizable names in horror writing. 
ANCX Staff | Sep 19 2019

Cine Europa is starting off its 22nd edition differently; For the first time, the beloved film festival will open at Greenbelt 3 in Makati tomorrow, September 20, kicking off a tour that will take its 13 participating films around the Philippines. 

Launched in 1998, it is the longest and most comprehensive international film festival in the country. This year, it will make stops in nine cities hosted by a variety of venues, from theatres to malls to universities. This includes a run in Bohol from October 11 to 12 as well as trips to Cebu, Leyte, and Iloilo. The festival maintains its presence in Naga and Palawan in addition to Makati and the Film Development Council of the Philippines in Kalaw, Manila.    

In ‘Greetings from Fukushima’ (Germany), Marie escapes to Japan to try to bring joy to survivors of the 2011 nuclear disaster; two people begin an almost impossible romance in Pawel Pawlikowski’s 'Cold War' (Poland).

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Thomas Wiersing, Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, considers the festival an influential cultural diplomacy tool. "Cine Europa is a distinctive way to showcase European diversity and to open up opportunities in the cultural and creative industries," he says.

This year, 13 movies revolving around love, friendship, faith, triumph, and courage will be presented by the Embassies of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom:

Elle Fanning plays the titular writer who created one of the most enduring horror stories ever in Haifaa al-Mansour’s 'Mary Shelley' (UK); a veterinarian pretends to have alzheimer’s disease to escape his wife in the comedy ‘Theory of Tiger’ (Czech Republic).
Massimiliano Finazzer Flory wrote, directed, and starred in 'Being Leonardo da Vinci: An Impossible Interview' (Italy); King Haakon VII must make a difficult decision when German troops invade his country in 'The King’s Choice' (Norway).
Directed by Cecilia Verheyden, 'Behind the Clouds' (Belgium) is about two lovers who reunite after 50 years; Gerard Depardieu plays a builder who strikes a friendship with a promising rapper in Rachid Djaidani’s 'Tour de France' (France).
In 'Happy New Year' (Hungary), a group of friends participate in a playful game of sharing; a couple tries to maintain a long-distance relationship between LA and Barcelona in '10,000 km' (Spain)
A street pusher struggles for survival in Peter Gronlund’s thriller ‘Drifters’ (Sweden); four out-of-shape friends begin training for a 26.2-mile run in Diederick Koopal’s 'de Marathon' (The Netherlands).

Cine roadshow

The festival opens at Cinema 1, Greenbelt 3, from September 20 to 24. It then makes stops at SM City Cebu and and SM City Iloilo; Bohol; Ateneo de Naga University and SM in Naga; Palawan State University and SM in Palawan; and Visayas State University in Baybay, Leyte. The festival returns to Manila at the Film Development Council of the Philippines in November for its last leg.

The festival 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 the United Kingdom as well as Alliance Francaise in Manila, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, and the Philippine-Italian Association.

Cine Europa has earned a niche among film enthusiasts in the country because of its strong collaboration with local partners including the FDCP, Ayala Malls, the Bohol provincial government, SM Corporation, the Ateneo De Naga University, the Visayas State University, the Provincial Government of Palawan, and Palawan State University.


For more information, visit the European Union's website