August 27, 2021

EU Delegation to Virtually Launch Cine Europa 24 on Sept 1

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  • The European Union Delegation in Manila will be launching Cine Europa 24 virtually on September 1.

    IMAGE from Cine Europa Philippines Facebook page

    On its 24th year, Cine Europa will be screening 17 award-winning European films online.

    The following films will be shown online for free and are accessible after registering here.

    1. Les Parfums/The Perfumes (France) – A comedy film revolving around diva Anne and her candid driver Guillame who respects her but at the same time is bluntly honest and dares to refuse her unreasonable demands.

    2. Vlastníci/Owners (Czech Republic) – Another comic film based on the play “The Society of Owners.”

    3. Catwalk (Sweden) – A touching story about a seemingly impossible dream that comes true. The film drives a strong statement about equal value, disabled or not.

    4. El Cuadro/The Painting (Spain) – “For three and a half centuries the enigma of Velázquez’s masterpiece Las Meninas has remained hidden. Can we solve its mystery now?”

    5. O Que Arde/Fire Will Come – A captivating story centered on Amador who just came out of prison and tries to live a quiet life until fire ruins it all. The film directed by Oliver Laxe is a Jury Prize winner in Cannes.

    6. The Lure (Poland) – A story about two mermaid sisters, half-human, half-fish who ended up performing in a nightclub. When one of them fell in love with a beautiful young man, they faced cruel and bloody choices.

    7. Nos Batailles/Our Struggles (Belgium) – A comedy-drama film that tells the story of a man who tried to juggle between his children’s needs, life’s daily challenges, and his job after his wife abandoned him.

    8. Trezon (Hungary) – A film surrounding the keys to Trezor, the vault of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, that were lost in the confusion of the 1956 Revolution. The story was hailed for its exciting plot and “full of unexpected twists, where nothing and no one is what they seem to be.”

    9. Vores mand i Amerika/The Good Traitor (Denmark) – A World War II-set drama when Denmark was attacked by Nazi Germany on April 9, 1940, with the demand of an immediate and unconditional capitulation.

    10. I Doulia tis/Her Job (Greece) – A story of a working mother, Panayiota who is trapped within a domestic environment that prevents her from achieving independence but gets an opportunity to get a new life.

    11. La Madre/The Mother (Italy) – A film that talks about the passion, sufferance, and torments of a priest, his mother, and one of his parishioners.

    12. The Warden (The Netherlands) – A story of an old man who has been the warden of a bird sanctuary for almost half a century on a tiny island who, one day, received a notice that his posting will be discontinued.

    13. Einer wie Erika/Erik and Erika (Austria) – A film based on the story of Erik Schinegger, a world champion skier and his life as a woman, his ultimate transition to manhood, and his fight for recognition.

    14. Acasă/My Home – A film directed by Radu Ciorniciuc and recently released in 2020. It is a powerful narration of a family who lived calmly with nature in Bucharest until they are chased out and forced to adapt to life in the big city.

    15. Aurora (Finland) – A dramedy from Finnish Lapland that focuses on immigration and addiction.

    16. Kokon/Cocoon (Germany) – A 2020 film directed Leonie Krippendorff that tells the adventurous story of Nora, a shy 14-year-old Berlin girl, making her way into adulthood.

    17. Das Vorspiel/The Audition (Germany and France) – A co-production film about a person’s passion that almost caused breaking family connections.

    Despite being held online, the EU Delegation is hoping this year’s iteration will reach more Filipinos, especially those from the provinces, by leveraging the power of the Internet.

    The movies will be made available online for the whole month of September.

    About Cine Europa

    Cine Europa is the longest flagship film festival in the country organized annually by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines together with the EU Member States with the EU Cultural Institutes. This festival normally travels to different cities and provinces around the country to bring the best of European cinema to the Filipinos. However, with the COVID-19, we are making these films accessible and closer to your homes by embracing the digital platform to keep everyone safe.

    Sources: Philippine News Agency and Cine Europa Philippines

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