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Screenings of Filipino films at Cinema Europa 2017

For many local film enthusiasts, the month of September will not be complete without the annual Cinema Europa Film Festival held at the Shangri-La Mall Cineplex. Since 1997, Cinema Europa and its partners have been bringing topnotch films from European countries and films with European themes and have been showing these for free at the said venue.

Docu work-in-progress about Azkals football player Simone Rota, will be unveiled at Cinema Europa 2017.

The 20th edition of Cinema Europa continues the tradition of showcasing Filipino films that have a European connection and the talented filmmakers that are behind these works through a series of screenings and forums; admission to these events is free. This year’s series celebrates the creativity of the Filipino men and women behind these movies.

The series kicks off on September 17, Sunday, with Brillante Mendoza, Best Director at the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival. Direk Brillante has ventured into making television movies. Two of his recent works for TV 5, “Kadaungan” and “Everlasting,” will be screened at 1pm. A talk about film appreciation follows with Direk Brillante and actor Dexter Macaraeg.

On September 23, Saturday, the Cinema One Original film “2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten” by director Petersen Vargas screens at 1 pm. Set in Pampanga during the period after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, “2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten” stars Khalil Ramos as the honor student who tutors Jameson Blake and Ethan Salvador who play Fil-Americans who are transferees at the school The youth film depicts the coming-of-age of a gay boy; it won Audience Choice at the 32nd Torino LGBTQ International Film Festival in Italy. Members of the cast have been invited to speak about the making of the film.

The series ends with a “double feature” on September 24, Sunday. Showing from 1pm to 6:30 pm is “Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon” by director Lav Diaz. This film about the horrors of Martial Law won the Grand Prize Golden Leopard Award at the 67th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. Lav Diaz and the film’s lead actress, Hazel Orencio, will be at the screening, together with film critic and educator Adrian Mendizabal.

To be unveiled at 7 pm on September 24 is the work-in-progress documentary “Journeyman Finds A Home (The Life Story of Simone Rota).” Simone, a football player with the Philippine Azkals Men’s National Team and Davao Aguilas FC, was abandoned when he was a child and adopted by an Italian couple. Simone will be present at the screening and forum together with filmmakers , Albert Almendralejo, Maricel Cariaga and Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo.

Venue of all screenings and forums is at the Premiere Theater of the Shangri-La Mall Cineplex. As mentioned admission is free but viewers will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

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