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.
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:
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
1 PM | FREE SCREENING OF “OF SINNERS AND SAINTS”
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.
3 PM | FREE SCREENING OF “MANA”
This will be followed by a Q&A with director Gabby Fernandez. Moderators are Ed Cabagnot and Jonell Estillore.
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.
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.”
THE NETHERLANDS: De Marathon
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.
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.