Now on its 17th year, Cine Europa returns this year with the central theme focusing on the family. According to EU Delegation Political Counselor Julian Vasallo, although much has changed in the aspect of family in the European community during the last couple of years, the bond between each member of the European family is and will always be stronger.
This year's chosen film for press screening is the Italian comedy film "Scialla" which is written and directed by Francesco Bruni. The film won numerous awards and praises from The Annency Italian Cinema Festival, Bimbi Belli Festival, David di Donatello Awards, Venice Film Festival, and Keneo Awards, among others. It is a story of a depressed and sad professor whose miserable life suddenly turns for the best when he finds out that the hot-headed and way-ward student whom he is teaching is his son.
With 23 heart-warming movies from 17 European countries namely Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland being offered for free screening between September to November 2014, Cine Europa 17 will be the longest Film Festival that has happened in the country. Although all 23 movies will be shown with the respective country's native language, English subtitles are provided for everyone's convenience. Similar activities will also be conducted in 9 key cities across the country.
The Mindanao venue for the event will be the Davao City Cinematheque from October 28 to November 2. The second venue of the event will be the Zamboanga City Cinematheque on November 4 to 9. The event for Mindanao will be concluded in Cagayan de Oro City with a 3-day screening at the Liceo de Cagayan University from November 13 to 16.
Besides offering free movie screenings, workshops as well as seminars will be conducted by European film experts from September 12 to 20 at the Shangri-la Plaza in Mandaluyong City. Topics about film making in the European setting, what European films are about, and even tips and advices for the possibility of doing cooperative work with other film makers in Europe will be discussed during the seminars. A similar event will be held for the first time at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City on October 10, 2014.
The Cine Europa 17 is proudly organized by the European Union Cultural Group and is sponsored by the European Embassies and Cultural Institutes in the Philippines including the Embassies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the Delegation of the European Union to the
Philippines, Alliance Française, the British Council, Goethe-Institut, the Philippine-Italian Association, as well as the Instituto Cervantes de Manila with the important contribution of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. The domestic partners of Cine Europa 17 include the Independent Film
Cooperative, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall (Manila), Arts Council of Cebu and Liceo de Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao) and the Visayas State University in Baybay.
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