October 01, 2018

PELÍCULA 2018: The Best of Spanish Cinema

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  • Updated October 1, 2018: Greenbelt 3 screening schedule from Oct. 4 to Oct. 14 is added.

    Instituto Cervantes is rolling out the 17th edition of PELÍCULA from October 4 to 20, 2018 at Greenbelt 3, UP Diliman, and Instituto Cervantes Intramuros. This year, the Spanish Film Festival will screen more than 20 films featuring the best of contemporary Spanish cinema.

    The films cover a wide range of genres such as romance (Los amores cobardes), comedy (Mi querida cofradía), documentary (Dancing Beethoven), adventure (Oro), children animation (Atrapa la bandera), adult animation (Memorias de un hombre en pijama), and drama (La novia). PELÍCULA will also show Latin American films from Argentina (Summit) and Cuba (Últimos días en La Habana).


    Mi querida cofradía

    Non-native Filipino speakers may not be aware that the Filipino term for film “pelikula” came from the Spanish “película” of the same meaning. Ever since PELÍCULA’s inception in 2002, it aimed to show the cultural ties between Spain and the Philippines by putting up joint Filipino-Spanish programs. This time, PELÍCULA 2018 collaborated with Cut Print Productions for the program Encuentros en el cine: Shorts from the Philippines and Spain. The program will feature ten recent Spanish shorts and premier two Filipino shorts: Alvin Belarmino’s The Gathering and Xian Lim’s Our Love Story.

    A Tribute to Bergman

    In honor of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), through the Embassy of Sweden and the UP Film Institute, PELÍCULA 2018 will present the special section “Bergman in Spain” which will feature two of Bergman’s films (Strawberry Fields and Persona) as well as two Spanish films influenced by Bergman’s notion of cinema: Carlos Saura’s Cria Cuervos and Pedro Almodóvar’s Tacones lejanos (High Heels).

    Los Amores Cobardes

    Audience Choice Award

    Atrapa la bandera

    Lastly, audiences should not pass up PELÍCULA’s Audience Choice Award which is a staple of every PELÍCULA.  For the duration of the festival, the audience will be given stubs where they can rate the films they’ve seen. The audience is qualified to join the raffle for every five films they’ve watched. Up for grabs is a round-trip ticket to Spain. Meanwhile, the winning entry will be re-shown on October 14, 2018, at Greenbelt 3 then at Instituto Cervantes Intramuros on October 20, 2018, for PELÍCULA Fin de Fiesta.


    October 4, Thursday

    • 7 pm – Casi 40
    • 9:30 pm – ORO

    October 5, Friday

    • 4:30 pm – El autor
    • 7 pm – Hacerse mayor y otros problemas
    • 9:30 pm – Ultimos dias en La Habana

    October 6, Saturday

    • 2 pm – Atrapa la bandera
    • 4:30 pm – Campeones
    • 7 pm – La cordillera
    • 9:30 pm – La llamada

    October 7, Sunday

    • 2 pm – Memorias de un hombre en pijama
    • 4:30 pm – Handia
    • 7 pm – Mi querida confradia
    • 9:30 pm – Carmen y Lola

    October 8, Monday

    • 7 pm – Persona
    • 9:30 pm – Tacones lejanos

    October 9, Tuesday

    • 7 pm – Dancing Beethoven
    • 9:30 pm – Los amores cobardes

    October 10, Wednesday

    • 7 pm – La higuera de los bastardos
    • 9:30 pm – El ultimo cobardes

    October 11, Thursday

    • 7 pm – Los amores cobardes
    • 9:30 pm – La novia

    October 12, Friday

    • 4:30 pm – Shorts from the Philippines and Spain (Set A)
    • 7 pm – Ultimos dias en La Habana
    • 9:30 pm – La cordillera

    October 13, Saturday

    • 2 pm – Casi 40
    • 4:30 pm – Las distancias
    • 7 pm – Carmen y Lola
    • 9:30 pm – El autor

    October 14, Sunday

    • 2 pm – Atrapa la bandera
    • 4:30 pm – Dancing Beethoven
    • 7 pm – Premio del Publico (Audience Choice)
    • 9:30 pm – Mi querida confrada

    You can visit Instituto Cervantes’ website to learn more about PELÍCULA 2018 or call them at (02) 526-1482. The entrance fee for PELÍCULA 2018 is as follows: Php 100 at Greenbelt 3 and FREE for UP Diliman and Instituto Cervantes Intramuros screenings.


    What: PELÍCULA 2018
    When: October 4 to 20, 2018
    Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
    UP Diliman, Quezon City
    Instituto Cervantes Intramuros, Manila
    Website: manila.cervantes.es
    Facebook: facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila

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