Cine Europa at 13

It’s that time of the year again. Movie enthusiasts will surely flock to EDSA Shangri-La Mall and line up for this season’s serving of Cine Europa.

Now on its 13th year (imagine that!), Cine Europa is a festival of films from various European countries that allows you to take a look at the diverse culture from the other side of the globe. What’s the best part of the deal? It’s FREE, you just have to line up for the ticket!

With its opening on September 9 and public screening that will run from September 10 to 19 at the Cinema 2 of Shang Cineplex, this year’s set of films encompasses a wide range of topics — “love, laughter, hope, despair, survival, courage, and even steadfastness.”

Cine Europa’s 13th edition presents films from Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia; in addition to films from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Romania, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Switzerland — that’s  European culture at its finest for you.

After the Manila leg, our kababayans can catch Cine Europa at Ayala Center in Cebu, from September 22 to 24; and then at Liceo de Cagayan de Oro, from September 30 to October 3.

The Belgian love story-thriller titled The Kiss by director Hilde Van Mieghem and Ides Meire will formally open the festival on September 9, 2010 (Thursday).

Other movies to watch out for are the following (from

Vratné lahve (Empties/Czechoslovakia) is a film directed by Jan Svěrák and written by his father Zdeněk Svěrák (who plays the protagonist -Josef Tkaloun in the film). It’s about a high school teacher who cannot control his anger when his pupils misbehave in his poetry class. He takes a job in the local supermarket and realizes that things do not go completely to his plan.

Der Rauber (The Robber/Austria and Germany) A story of a multi-talented man Johann Rettenberge – a successful marathon runner and serial bank robber – who meticulously measures his heart rate, stamina and efficiency during training runs and bank raids.

The Kiss (Belgium) A thriller revolving around the beautiful and gifted 15 year-old Sara, who dreams of running away from home and becoming a professional ballet dancer, but falls for the charming Vic, an extremely dangerous older man.

Svetat E Golyam I Spasenie Debne Otvsyakade (The World of Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner /Bulgaria) is based on the bestseller by Ilija Trojanow that centers on Alex, who with his charismatic grandfather, embarks on a journey in search of his real self.

Frygtelig Lykkelig (Terribly Happy /Denmark) presents Robert, who thinks that taking on the position of village constable is necessary for his rehabilitation, but finds out that nothing is ever straightforward way out in the country.

Kielletty Hedelma (Forbidden Fruit /Finland) is the story of two teenage girls from a very restrictive faith traveling to the heart of the city in search for freedom.

El Greco (Greece) is the epic tale of the uncompromising artist and freedom fighter Domenicos Theotocopoulos, known to the world as El Greco.

L’Heure Zero (Toward Zero/France) sees the strange reunion of Guillaume, his ex-wife Aude, his current wife Caroline and his rich aunt Camilla, which takes a tragic turn when Camilla is found murdered in her bed.

In Tout Est Pardonne (All is Forgotten/France), a father leaves his family after failing to get himself together. Eleven years later, his daughter decides to see him again.

Mio Fratello E Figlio Unico (My Brother is an Only Child/Italy) focuses on the lives of Accio and Manrico, brothers who are always at odds with each other.

I Soliti Ignoti (Persons Unknown/Italy) is considered among the masterpieces of Italian cinema, revolves around the adventures of five small time thieves preparing for a heist that reaches a disastrous and comedic end.

In Pokoj V Dusi (Soul at Peace/Slovakia), Tono returns from lumber thieving to his home village to seek a new way of living.

Hannahannah (Netherlands) is the tale of a stubborn outsider and headstrong girl who watches with mixed feelings as her family finds her new boyfriend as an ideal son-in-law.

De Scheepsjongens Van Bontekoe (Storm Bound/ Netherlands) sees three boys embark on their first voyage across the ocean and find themselves shipwrecked on a tropical island.

Svarta Nejikan (The Black Pimperne/Sweden) is based on the life of Harald Edelstam, the Swedish ambassador to Chile during the junta take-over.

Philantropique (Philantrophy/Romania) is a movie about a 35-year-old school teacher still living with his parents, who becomes extravagant to impress a girl.

Mircea (Romania) is about the great ruler who fought against the Turks and other invaders to guard the country’s independence.

An Education (United Kingsdom) is set in London in 1961and presents a brilliant 17-year-old girl whose life mirrors the city caught between the drab post-war ‘50s and glamorous ‘60s.

El Abuelo (The Grandfather/Spain) is a story of love, friendship, honor and betrayal within a powerful family spanning three generations.

Juana La Loca (Mad Love/Spain) is the historical drama of Juana de Castile, daughter of the Catholic Kings and her ill-fated marriage to Archduke Felipe de Austria.

Marcello Marcello (Switzerland) is about a village boy’s frantic quest for the perfect gift ―not for the woman he loves but for his father.

Aside from viewing European films for free, guests will have the chance to win one economy ticket to Europe, courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Cine Europa 13 is presented by the European Union Member States’ embassies and consulates, Embassy of Switzerland, Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall (Manila), Arts Council of Cebu and Liceo de Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao) as partner organizations.

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