GUIDE: PELÍCULA-PELIKULA Spanish Film Festival 2017

From October 5 to 15, PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia, will be featuring the best of contemporary Spanish cinema at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, Makati. Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain-AECID, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Ayala Cinemas, the 16th edition of the Spanish Film Festival will screen more than 20 films.

Since its conception by Instituto Cervantes in 2002, the Festival has traditionally been graced by the presence of Spanish and Latin American filmmakers. In this edition, film director Salvador Calvo will fly to Manila to open the Festival with his movie 1898, Los últimos de Filipinas. Produced in 2016, the film retells the story of the siege of Baler, where in 1898 a group of Spanish soldiers resisted for 337 days without knowing that the war was over.

On October 6, at 4:30pm, Spanish director Sally Gutiérrez will present her non-fiction film Ta acorda ba Tu el Filipinas? Produced in 2017, and selected by several festivals around the world like the Seminci (Valladolid, Spain) and the Los Angeles Philippine Film Festival, the Manila screening will be the world premiere of Sally Gutiérrez’ work.

The line-up of films shows a list of genres ranging from romance and comedy (La noche en que mi madre mató a mi madre, El ciudadano ilustre) to documentaries (Frágil equilibrio), thrillers (Al final del túnelEl hombre de las mil caras), animation movies (Psiconautas), and dramas (Que Dios nos perdoneTarde para la ira).

Aside from its line-up of movies in different genres, the film festival also gives tribute to Latin- American cinema with movies from Argentina, México and Venezuela.

On October 10, in collaboration with the Embassy of Argentina, Película will focus on the Argentinean film industry with the showing of the documentary El auge del humano, the multi-awarded comedy El ciudadano ilustre, and the drama Kóblic, which will be played at 4:30pm, 7:30 pm, and 9:30 pm, respectively.

In December, thanks to the collaboration of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), a selection of the films shown in the Festival will travel to other cities in the Philippines, and will have a second leg in Baguio, Iloilo, and Davao.

Audience Choice Award

Also, 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.

Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain–AECID, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and Ayala Cinemas, PELÍCULA is made possible by Rustan’s, Fundador, Turkish Airlines, and TurEspaña, in collaboration with Ayala Museum, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Diamond Hotel, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Buzz Productions, the Embassy of Argentina, the Embassy of Mexico and the Embassy of Venezuela.

Screening Schedule

For the schedule, line-up of films and further information on the Festival, please log on to Instituto Cervantes website ( or visit the Facebook page of Instituto

WATCH: Maximum level of action in final trailer for ‘Kingsman: The Golden Cirlce’

The action ante just reached maximum level in the latest full trailer reveal of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” sequel to the sleeper hit “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that has already grossed more than US$400 million worldwide. Watch the trailer below.

The first hit movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service” based upon the acclaimed comic book introduced us to an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe.

Helming anew this action blockbuster is Matthew Vaughn with Taron Egerton reprIsing his role as Eggsy, now a full-fledged Kingsman who faces a new challenge along with his elite team of spies in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” The exciting sequel sees the über-spies, also considered as modern-day Knights of the Round Table take on an unexpected alliance when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage. Teaming up with a spy organization in the US known as the Statesman, these two elite secret organizations join forces to take down a deadly common enemy.

Returning cast includes Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and will be joined by a new cast members including Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Elton John and Pedro Pascal.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens September 20, 2017 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller return to producing via ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who wrote and directed The LEGO Movie and produced The LEGO Batman Movie, return again as producers of Warner Bros. Pictures’ all-new, big-screen event, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, in Philippine cinemas September 27.

In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas, who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan.

Lord and Miller see each film as a stand-alone saga as well as a progression through the larger LEGO universe.

“Each has its own voice and personality, and that’s one of the benefits of working with filmmakers who bring their own ideas and visual styles,” says Miller.

Having launched the breakout feature that showed the world how active, expressive and endearing these bright plastic figures could be in a big-scale setting, Lord and Miller were ready for the next storytelling venture by expanding the environment and ramping up the action. “We’ve always loved martial arts movies,” Lord offers. “They are about empowerment, facing your biggest fears and becoming your greatest self. Also, we figured we’d never see one with a giant cat, unless we made it ourselves.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the prolific writing, directing and producing duo behind some of today’s most successful films, including The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Known for their unique sensibilities, the pair’s projects have successfully drawn in audiences of all demographics time and time again, having collectively earned over $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Jennifer Lawrence dons title role in psychological horror film ‘mother!’

Oscar Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence adds a home invasion horror tale to her repertoire with Paramount Pictures’ psychological thriller mother! in Philippine cinemas September 20, 2017.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), the film revolves around Mother (Lawrence) and Him (Javier Bardem) who live in a seemingly idyllic existence in a secluded paradise. But the couple’s relationship is tested when man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home uninvited. Answering that knock disrupts their tranquil existence and as more and more guests arrive, mother is forced to revisit everything she knows about love, devotion and sacrifice.

“One of the greatest things that can happen to you as an artist is to be a part of a movie that starts conversation because it’s an original idea, completely unique,” says Lawrence of mother!. “Even though we’re shooting things that are eerie, the allegory is so much bigger. It’s what it all means.

“There’s a million different facets to this movie that certain people are going to relate to, be scared of, intrigued by,” continues Lawrence. She describes the lure of playing mother, the adoring wife and muse to Javier Bardem’s enigmatic poet: “Falling in love is scary. Being vulnerable? Terrifying. Not letting yourself be vulnerable? Also, terrifying.

“It’s one thing to make something lukewarm,” says Lawrence. “It’s another to make something scalding hot. This? It’s a Roman candle. An explosion. A riot of a movie. An expression. There’s definitely a moment in this movie where some will say, ‘Darren, you’re taking this too far’ and storm out of the theater. But I wouldn’t have been there if I hadn’t already thrown the script across my hotel room in New York and thought this guy is crazy. But he has to take it all the way. I think he was right to not shy back and be afraid.”

As for that Roman candle, expect an unsettling metaphoric ride that will shock and jar audiences. Lawrence’s dark summation: “A creator always needs a muse. As long as the universe is expanding, men will be using women.”

Rated R-16 Without Cuts by the MTRCB, mother! is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.