GUIDE: Película-Pelikula Spanish Film Festival 2016

Now on its 15th edition, PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, the Spanish Film Festival, will be featuring the best of contemporary Spanish cinema from October 5 to 16 at the Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1. A total of 18 films will be featured, coming from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela.


Tickets can be purchased at the cinema lobby or via sureseats.com. PHP 100 each.

Screening Schedule

Audience Choice Award + Raffle

One should not miss the “Audience Choice” Award that happens in every edition of PELÍCULA. During the Festival, the audience will be given stubs with which they can rate the movies they have seen. For every five movies, members of the audience qualify to join the raffle where they get a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Spain and other exciting prizes.

Opening Film

The Festival will kick off on October 5, with the opening ceremonies at the Ayala Museum in Makati. This will be followed by the invitational screening of Truman, a bitter comedy directed by Spaniard Cesc Gay, which garnered several awards both in Spain and abroad. The opening film will be shown at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas.

Featured Films

  • A Esmorga
  • A Perfect Day to Fly
  • Azul y no tan rosa (My Straight Son)
  • Cien años de perdón
  • El Rayo
  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • Isla Bonita
  • La Tropa de Trapo
  • Land and Shade
  • Much Ado about Nothing
  • My Big Night
  • Palm Trees in the Snow
  • Perdiendo el Norte
  • Sacromonte, los sabios de la tribu
  • Sidetracked
  • Techo y comida (Food and Shelter)
  • The Clan
  • Truman

A Esmorga

Oct 7 • 4:30 PM

A story full of suspense that narrates twenty four hours in the life of three men, brothers in revelry, leaving behind a trail of destruction, of repressed and confused sex, closing doors behind them and throwing the keys away, as if deliberately heading for their own ruin.

A Perfect Day to Fly

Oct 9 • 4:30 PM

In a lonely spot, a boy flies a kite made by his father. It is windy and the boy needs an adult to help him untangle it from the bush to keep it flying.

Azul y no tan rosa (My Straight Son)

Oct 7 • 7:00 PM
Oct 13 • 9:30 PM
Oct 15 • 9:30 PM

The story of Diego, a young and successful photographer who lives in the glamorous world of fashion, shallowness and excess. A tragic accident turns his world around; his partner is now in a coma. Unexpectedly, and right at this terrible time, Diego must take care of his son, Armando who has lived in Spain until now.  Both of them have to adapt to each other; Armando to the unknown, homosexual world of his father, and Diego to the spiteful attitude of his teenage son.

Cien años de perdón

Oct 7 • 9:30 PM
Oct 15 • 11:55 PM

One rainy morning, six men dressed and armed assault the headquarters of a bank in Valencia. What looked like a clean and easy theft is soon gets complicated, and nothing goes on as planned. This brings about distrust and confrontation between the two leaders of the band, “El Uruguayo” and “El Gallego”. But what exactly were they are looking?

El Rayo

Oct 8 • 2:00 PM
Oct 15 • 2:00 PM • 4:30 PM

After thirteen years in Spain, Hassan is jobless and decides to go back home to Morocco. He invests all his savings in a second hand tractor to earn a living in his country and takes on to the road. At the end of the road awaits his family and a new life in his village. A real journey played by a real man who travels from town to town, meeting unforgettable characters and overcoming obstacles, making this journey a real odyssey.

Embrace of the Serpent

Oct 10 • 7:00 PM
Oct 12 • 9:30 PM
Oct 14 • 4:30 PM

Colombia during the second half of the twentieth century. At the peak of the “rubber boom”, two scientists, Theodor Koch- Grünberg, a German and Richard Evans Schultes, an American, went to the Colombian Amazon in search for Yakruna, a sacred plant that is difficult to find. There they get to know Karamakate, a shaman and the last survivor of his tribe. The movie is inspired by the journals written by the two scientists ensuring their stay in the said Colombian jungle.

Isla Bonita

08/10/2016 (19:00 h)
12/10/2016 (19:00 h)
16/10/2016 (14:00 h)

After his divorce, Fer, a veteran and passionate advertising director, is invited by his friend Miguel Angel to his retirement in the island of Menorca. The problem is that Miguel Angel’s wife has also invited her mother and her nephews over. Miguel Angel has no choice but to place his friend in Nuria’s house, an attractive French sculptor living in permanent conflict with her teenage daughter, Olivia.

La Tropa de Trapo

09/10/2016 (14:00 h)
15/10/2016 (14:00 h)

The Happets, a group of pets composed of a cow, a giraffe, a bear, a piglet, a dog and a bird feel the need to help other animals who are having a lot of trouble surviving. Hence, they decide to go on a mission of solidarity that will take them to Rainbow Forest. They will have to muster all of their ingenuity, knowledge and efforts to save the Rainbow Forest which represents their dreams and their play area.

Land and Shade

10/10/2016 (21:30 h)
13/10/2016 (16:30 h)

A woman who refuses to give up the land that she has been fighting for her entire life; a son who never abandons his mother to the point of putting his own life at risk; a father who must face his mistakes in the past to make it up wit those he abandoned; a courageous wife who fights it out to save what is hers; a kid who grew up in the middle of all this devastation. The movie will show us how in their final days left these characters try to repair the fragile bond that unites them prior to their imminent disappearance brought about by the overwhelming power of progress.

Much Ado about Nothing

06/10/2016 (19:00 h)
11/10/2016 (21:30 h)

Vicente, an irresponsible young loner has recently returned to Chile from LA and is now living in his parents’ beach house.  He spends his days basking in the sun, swimming and partying.   But one night, his life changes forever.   He becomes the main suspect of a hit-and-run incident that caused the death of a local fisherman.

My Big Night

08/10/2016 (23:55 h)

The temporary employment agency sends José to an industrial pavilion in the outskirts of Madrid to work in a taping of a New Year’s Eve gala show. Hundreds of workers pretend to celebrate the cheerful coming of the “New Year”.  Alphonso is a musical star capable of anything to guarantee that his performance have the largest audience. Adanne, a young Latin singer and Alphonso’s antagonist, is hounded by fans. The emcees detest each other and compete to gain the trust of the producer. Meanwhile nobody has any inkling that Alphonso is in great danger.

Palm Trees in the Snow

08/10/2016 (21:30 h)
13/10/2016 (19:00 h)
16/10/2016 (16:30 h)

In 1953, Kilian leaves the mountains of his native Huesca with his brother to take a trip to the island of Fernando Poo, a former Spanish colony in Equatorial Guinea. There, their father awaits them.  In Sampaka farm, where he grows one of the best cocoas in the world. In the colony, Kilian will discover that social life is more pleasant here than in the corseted and gray Spain.  They will experience the contrasts between settlers and natives and learn the meaning of friendship, passion, love and hate.

Perdiendo el Norte

06/10/2016 (21:30 h)
09/10/2016 (21:30 h)
14/10/2016 (23:55 h)

Two young Spanish university graduates tired of unemployment and a bleak prospect, decide to move to Germany to seek a better future. But soon they discover that finding a better life is not as easy as they had expected.

Sacromonte, los sabios de la tribu

12/10/2016 (16:30 h)

A documentary that tries to recover the memory of the Sacromonte in Granada and its caves that have served as a source of inspiration to artists such as Debussy, Glinka and Lorca. This film recovers the memory of the most flamenco neighborhood in the world, through the survivors of a golden era, older men and women.  Walk through the past to reconnect with their roots and their memories. For 200 years, the neighborhood was inhabited by Gypsies who settled in caves of its slopes attracted by the faithful who made pilgrimages to the Abbey of the Sacromonte. Chus Gutiérrez probes into the relationship of the neighborhood and the art of flamenco, with the participation of an entire cast of artists whose roots are in these very caves.


09/10/2016 (16:30 h)
13/10/2016 (16:30 h)
16/10/2016 (21:30 h)

Luisa and Alberto have been forced to live in the countryside, but the idyllic rural life quickly begins to show its less positive side.  Although the couple is going through a rough patch, Luisa is obsessed with having a second child, even if it means the most listless sex imaginable.  Juan on the other hand, is Alberto’s brother who has no intentions whatsoever to live in the countryside.  A 45-year-old journalist who goes out with Natalia — 25 years his junior.  Meanwhile Luisa’s sister, Sara, is used to channeling her anxiety through men.  She meets Paco, a sports journalist who appears willing to take it to the altar.  Or so she thinks …

Techo y comida (Food and Shelter)

06/10/2016 (16:30 h)
14/10/2016 (21:30 h)

Jerez de la Frontera, 2012. Rocio is a single mother who is unemployed. She receives neither welfare, nor subsidy nor help from her family. She lives with her 8-year old son in a rented flat. She has been unable to pay her rent for months now. Her landlord continually threatens to kick her out. To cope with living expenses and rent, she accepts poorly paid menial jobs and peddles objects she finds.

The Clan

08/10/2016 (16:30 h)

A true story based on the case of the Puccio Clan, that shook the Argentine society in the early 80s. Behind the apparent normality of the Puccio family lays a sinister clan committed to kidnapping and murder.  Archimedes, the patriarch, leads and plans the operations. Alejandro, the eldest son, a star of the Argentinean National Rugby team, uses his popularity so as not to raise suspicions.  Other members of the family are accomplices in a greater or lesser degree of the crimes of the clan.  They lived off the profits of ransoms paid by relatives of the hostages.


05/10/2016 (20:00 h)
09/10/2016 (19:00 h)
15/10/2016 (19:00 h)

Julian receives an unexpected visit from his good friend Tomas, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julian’s faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julian’s complicated situation.

Other screenings

Thanks to the collaboration of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), a selection of films shown in the Manila leg of the Festival will travel to other cities in the Philippines, namely Baguio, Iloilo, and Davao.

Since its conception in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Film Festival has been an annual attraction at the Ayala Malls Cinemas at Greenbelt 3, bringing the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema to the local audience of Manila. PELÍCULA-PELIKULA is a combination of the Spanish word “película”, which means film, and its Tagalog derivation “pelikula”, echoing the cultural ties shared by Spain and the Philippines. By putting the two words together, it highlights the unique characteristics of this 2-week event as the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia.

Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and PELÍCULA is made possible by Ayala Malls Cinemas, San Miguel Corporation, Vibal Foundation, Turkish Airlines, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura de España, Spanish Agency for Cooperation (AECID), in collaboration with ICAA, the Embassy of Colombia, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Ayala Museum, and Buzz Productions.

For more information, please visit the official website of Instituto Cervantes (www.manila.cervantes.es) or log on to their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.

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