Monday, January 27, 2020

EUROPelikula begins this January 31 at CCP Art House Cinema

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The European Union Delegation to the Philippines is starting its cultural programme with its latest feature: "Europelikula".

In partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines this new initiative will form part of special film screenings at the CCP all year round.

"Europelikula" will surely increase your appetite for films which are not predictable or too cliche. The European films, mostly multi-awarded and many of them co-produced by several European countries have been curated by the CCP and will offer a variety of genres.

The films vary from comedy to historical and are developed by European filmmakers.

"Europelikula" hopes to create another platform for film enthusiasts from Metro Manila to get a deeper understanding and appreciation of not only the films but rather the diverse culture from Europe, said Mr. Thomas Wiersing, Chargé d'affaires, a.i., EU Delegation to the Philippines.

"We are also very excited to partner with the CCP in the year celebrating its 50th anniversary".

The opening film this January is King of the Belgians which is directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth.

"=Europelikula will be launched on 31 January by the EU Delegation and CCP President Arsennio Lizaso. Belgian Ambassador Michel Goffin will be a special guest of honour and will deliver remarks.

Admission is free and open to the public in Tanghalang Manuel Conde, on a first-come, first-served basis on 1 February. Seats are limited.

The King of the Belgians" is a comedy of absurdity about a fictional King of the Belgians. The comic part of the story comes as King Nicolas III is in Turkey for a state visit and at the same time trying to revamp his image with the help of a British filmmaker. Following a solar storm, the King and his entourage begin their undercover odyssey across the Balkans, a journey that is loaded with lively detours, moving encounters and moments of grace.

Filmmakers Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth said: "An Icelandic volcano erupted and an idea was born: let’s drop a Belgian King in Istanbul, stir up a natural disaster, spark a political crisis and then launch him on a homeward overland journey that features trip-ups, show-downs and revelations".

"Displacement as the essence of comedy, in other words. The challenge was how to actually tell this tale". Find out and be amused with King of the Belgians.

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