GUIDE: Cine Europa Film Festival 2016

Now on its 19th year, Cine Europa will hold its annual film festival in 11 key cities across the Philippines. The inaugural run is from September 8 to 18 at the Shang Cineplex.


All screenings and events of 19th Cine Europa is free admission on a first-come, first-served basis. For the Shang screenings, tickets will be distributed at the box office 30 minutes before every film.

Screening Schedules

Sep 8-18 • Shang Cineplex
Sep 20-25 • FDCP Baguio
Sep 27-Oct 2 • FDCP Iloilo
Oct 7-9 • Ayala Center Cebu
Oct 12-16 • FDCP Zamboanga
Oct 18-23 • UP Tacloban
Oct 25-30 • FDCP Davao
Nov 8-13 • Visayas State University, Leyte
Nov 15-20 • Liceo De Cagayan University, CDO
Nov 22-27 • Palawan State University & Robinsons Place Palawan
Dec 6-11 • FDCP Manila

The following is the screening schedule for the Shang run:

cine europa film festival 2016 schedule

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.

September 10 (Saturday) • Pinoy-Euro Connection 2016

1 PM | Making It to the Cannes Film Festival

Acclaimed producer Alemberg Ang will have a talk about “How to Watch Films Intelligently” (Ang Matalinong Panonood ng Pelikula).

1:30 PM | Screening of “Imago” and “Ma’ Rosa”

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.

September 17 (saturday) • EUROPEAN-PH CO-PRODUCTION


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.

Featured Films

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Austria: Brothers of the Wind

Austrian film Brothers of the Wind 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.

BELGIUM: All Cats Are Grey

All Cats Are Grey (Tous les chats sont gris) 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: With Friends Like These

Meanwhile, another film from Belgium, With Friends Like These (Dagen zonder lief), shows how the return home of the character named Black Kelly disrupts the life of her old friends and causes them some trouble.

BULGARIA: Love & Engineering

Bulgarian film Love & Engineering 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: Normal: The Düsseldorf Ripper

Czech Republic’s Normal: The Düsseldorf Ripper 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.

DENMARK: A Second Chance

A Second Chance from Denmark, on the other hand, is about two best friends who are both detectives trying to solve a case brought about by a junkie couple. Watch the trailer here.

FINLAND: Summertime

Summertime (Kesäkaverit) 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.

FRANCE: Being 14

French films also make an appearance through Being 14 (À 14 ans) which is about three high school seniors, Sarah, Jade and Louise, who try to deal with the torments of adolescence.


In Pater, we see Vincent Lindon and Alain Cavalier film each other and portray characters they invented together.

GERMANY: Beloved Sisters

In the German film Beloved Sisters (Die geliebten Schwestern), a love triangle of sorts forms between aristocratic sisters Caroline and Charlotte and a writer named Friedrich Schiller.


Meanwhile, Stereo tells the story of seemingly average guy, Erik, whose ideal life suddenly runs off the rails when intruders start disrupting it.

HUNGARY: Mom and Other Loonies in the Family

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

 ITALY: Of Sinners and Saints

From Italy, Of Sinners and Saints 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.

ITALY: Amici Miei

Amici Miei or My Friends, shows four middle-aged friends who are trying to prolong childhood by organizing idle pranks called “gypsy shenanigans.”


De Marathon 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.

NORWAY: The Liverpool Goalie

Norwegian film The Liverpool Goalie is about 12-year old Jo who is desperately searching for a rare football card which he believes will solve all his problems.

NORWAY: Kon-Tiki

Also from Norway, Kon-Tiki is about the legendary expedition across the Pacific Ocean of Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl.

POLAND: Carte Blanche

Inspired by a true story, Carte Blanche 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.


From Romania, Selfie 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.

ROMANIA: Bucuresti Nonstop

Also from Romania, Bucuresti Nonstop 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, is a tragicomic movie that deals with the themes of women trafficking, and the universal bonds of people marginalized by society.

SPAIN: Miguel y William

Spanish film Miguel y William shows the affairs of a woman named Leonor de Vibero with iconic writers William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes.

SWEDEN: Unga Sophie Bell

The film from Sweden, Unga Sophie Bell or Young Sophie Bell 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.

UNITED KINGDOM: The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van 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.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’s’ Daniel Zovatto heats up ‘Don’t Breathe’

Up-and-coming young actor Daniel Zovatto (“It Follows,” TV’s “Fear the Walking Dead”) stars in Columbia Pictures’ new horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe” as Money, one of a trio of teens who break into the house of a blind man they suspect has plenty of money hidden away. But their plan goes dangerously wrong when their intended victim turns out to be more frightening than they ever anticipated.

Produced by Sam Raimi (the “Spider-Man” trilogy), “Don’t Breathe” also stars Jane Levy (“Evil Dead”), Dylan Minnette (“Goosebumps”) and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”). Fede Alvarez (“Evil Dead”) directs from a script co-written with Rodo Sayagues (“Evil Dead”).

Zovatto’s character, Money, is the impulsive, street-savvy boyfriend of Rocky, played by Jane Levy. Money is the connection between the streets and Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Rocky. Says Zovatto, “Basically, he is the alpha, the muscle of the group. But he’s not one-dimensional. There’s a lot more to him than just a gangster or a street kid. He has a lot of layers.”

It is Money’s street contact who tips him off to a retired army vet rumored to have a six-figure cash settlement stashed somewhere in his home. Money convinces his friends that this is the score to catapult them out of their crumbling city into a sunnier life in California.

“There’s not much money around in his neighborhood,” Zovatto says. “This seems like a pretty sure thing. But he also enjoys the adrenaline rush of these jobs.”

Alvarez cast the actor on the basis of his performance in the breakout indie horror film “It Follows.” “He is an actor that can take a role from the page and make it his own,” says the director. “The take he brought into the room when we were casting the role was completely different from what everybody else was doing.”

Like a typical hustler, Money lives in the moment. “He’s just pure energy and anarchy,” Alvarez observes. “He knows what he wants and he gets it. Money has a better idea of who he is than Alex, who is still a bit confused about what he wants to do.”

Zovatto says the “Don’t Breathe” shoot was the most fun he has ever had at work. “Because Fede both wrote and directed, he knows all the ins and the outs of the story and the characters, which is really cool. At the same time he let us discover our own characters with his guidance. He’s a really passionate guy and I love passionate people.”

Opening across the Philippines on August 31, 2016, “Don’t Breathe” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Short film ‘Mower Minions’ plays in front of ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

Illumination Entertainment’s inaugural theatrical short, “Mower Minions”—a never-before-seen short film starring the Minions—will debut in front of “The Secret Life of Pets” when it arrives in Philippine theaters on August 24.

Correlating to the format in which “The Secret Life of Pets” is showing in specific theaters, “Mower Minions” will be available in both 3D and 2D.

The short film stars the iconic Minions, who first appeared in the blockbuster “Despicable Me” franchise and who most recently starred in 2015’s massive hit “Minions,” which grossed more than $1.15 billion at the global box office and became the second-biggest animated title of all time. Continuing the unpredictable journeys of Gru’s curious and subversively sweet band of yellow brothers, “Mower Minions” represents the first time ever that Illumination has released a short film theatrically.

Directed by Bruno Chauffard & Glenn McCoy, “Mower Minions” is produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy and written by Glenn McCoy and Dave Rosenbaum. The executive producer is Chris Renaud, and the cast is Pierre Coffin as the voice of the Minions, while Jody Gelb plays Barb and Ella and Dave Rosenbaum portrays Dave. Additional voices are provided by Eric Osmond and Chris Renaud, while the associate producers are Robert Taylor and Brett Hoffman. The music is by Michael Gatt, and it is edited by Gilad Carmel and Eric Osmond.

“It’s been a year since Minions appeared on movie screens, and will be another year until they show up in “Despicable Me 3” next summer. Fans are always asking us for more content with the Minions, so the timing felt right for them to star in an all-new short film right before audiences experience Illumination’s newest original film, `The Secret Life of Pets,’” said Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination. “The theatrical release of this short serves as an opportunity for some of the most talented storytellers, visual development artists, colorists and story artists in the Illumination family to flex their creative muscles and create a new piece of content for the big screen.”

Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not around? Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present “The Secret Life of Pets,” a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

For one bustling Manhattan apartment building, the real day starts after the folks on two legs leave for work and school. That’s when the pets of every stripe, fur and feather begin their own nine-to-five routine: hanging out with each other, trading humiliating stories about their owners, auditioning adorable looks to get better snacks and watching Animal Planet like it is reality TV.

The building’s top dog, Max (Louis C.K.), a quick-witted Terrier rescue who’s convinced he sits at the center of owner Katie’s (Ellie Kemper) universe, finds his pampered life turned upside down when she brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a sloppy, massive mess of a mongrel with zero interpersonal skills. When this reluctant canine duo finds themselves out on the mean streets of New York, they have to set aside their differences and unite against a fluffy, yet cunning, bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), who’s building an army of pets who’ve been abandoned by their owners and are out to turn the tables on humanity…all this and making it home before Katie returns at dinnertime.

Opening across the Philippines on August 24, 2016, “The Secret Life of Pets” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.