Saturday, October 2, 2010

The 9th Spanish Film Festival in Manila (Sept 29-Oct 10, 2010)

Instituto Cervantes de Manila, the Spanish cultural center in the Philippines, is bringing back the Película-Pelikula Spanish Film Festival. Always an eagerly anticipated tradition and now on its 9th edition, this year's Pelikula is the major must-see movie event for Manila this October!

Film aficionados will once again enjoy another brilliant line-up of the latest and the most awarded films from Spain and Latin America. The Pelikula film festival is now the biggest presentation of Spanish cinema in Asia.Pelikula will celebrate its Opening Night on September 29, 2010 7 p.m. at Greenbelt 3 with the film El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in their Eyes).

This movie follows the story of Benjamin, a retired court employee, who decides to write a book about an old rape/murder case that he believes was not properly solved. He becomes determined to find the real culprit and reopens the case - a complicated and thrilling quest that director Juan Jose Campanella depicts with a style that effortlessly juggles romance, comedy, suspense and political commentary.

Multi-awarded films such as Bolivia; Cachimba; Garbo, El hombre que salvó el mundo (Garbo, the Spy); and La mujer sin piano (Woman without piano) make their Philippine premiere at the film festival, which starts on September 30 and ends on October 10 at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas.

Other films include Los condenados (The condemned) about an exiled Argentinean who returns home after living in Spain for more than 30 years and Que se mueran los feos (To Hell with the Ugly) a comedy that centers on Eliseo, a single, ugly and lame middle-aged man and Nati, a comely woman, and their attempt to fall in love. 

Please view the complete movie schedule. Then, you may click each title to read the summary. Or you may download the complete Pelicula schedule (pdf file) by clicking the icon which you will find on the page.

You can also watch the movie trailers. Check out the other activities & special screenings.

The festival will have an Audience Choice Award at the end of the period. This gives you, the viewers, to cast your vote for which you think is the best film among the roster. The film that gets the most number of votes will be re-shown during the Closing Night of October 10, 2010 at 7pm.

Seats are on a first come, first served basis. I suggest you come to the venue at least two (2) hours before the target screening schedule to guarantee a slot.

Película is organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, Spanish Agency International Cooperation for Development (AECID), Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation (SPCC), Ministerio de Cultura of Spain, Greenbelt and Ayala Malls Cinemas, New World Hotel, Qatar Airways, Jaguar, and Welovepost.

Special thanks to Light Rail Transit Authority, Alba, Kusina Teatro, Espa-Fil, Barcelo Café, Mexican Embassy in the Philippines, Chilean Embassy in the Philippines, BaiCapture, Post Manila, Fujifilm, YKl Color, Happy Land, the City Government of Makati, and Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC).

For more information, please call 526 1482 or visit or Instituto Cervantes de Manila is located at 855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila.

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