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Cine Europa 21 Shows Off Europe’s Finest Films

Catch it from November to December at only two cinemas in the Metro.
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Cine Europa turns 21 this year! Organized by the Delegation of the European Union, the EU member-states embassies, and cultural institutions in the Philippines, this film festival showcases European cultural diversity through a series of 28 movies from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Norway. For the first time, it kicked off in Cebu City last September. In Metro Manila, it’s running from November 20 to 25 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila in Kalaw, Manila and from December 7 to 16 at the Shang Cineplex in Shangri-La Plaza.

Here are just some of the films that you can catch at Cine Europa:

Mademoiselle Paradis by Jethro Patalinghug

Mademoiselle Paradis tells the story of Resi, a blind pianist from 18th century Vienna. She meets “miracle doctor” Franz Anton Mesmer, whose treatment on her seems to be successful. However, Resi soon realizes that as she is regaining her sight and having a taste of personal freedom, she is losing her musical skills.

Friday, November 23, 3:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

Allez, Eddy! by Gert Embrechts

Eleven-year old Freddy, a cycling fan, is the son of a butcher in the middle of nowhere. In 1975, the first supermarket in the village opens its doors and organizes a cycling race where the winner will meet Eddy Merckx. While Freddy’s father is not a fan of the supermarket and the race, he signs up anyway and discovers a new world.

Thursday, November 22, 5:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

Closely Watched Trains by Ji?í Menzel

Closely Watched Trains centers around a Czech railroad worker, Milos, during the Nazi occupation. He’s twenty-two years old and burdened by his virginity, his feelings for the pretty conductor Masha, and suspicious incidents in the office. This award-winning piece tells how he decides to come out of his seemingly boring life and signs up for a suicide mission to fight the occupying Germans.

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Tuesday, November 20, 3:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

The Day Will Come by Jesper W. Nielsen

In Copenhagan, two brothers, Elmer and Erik, are put in the Gudbjerg Home for Boys. In this orphanage, Headmaster Heck transforms unruly boys into obedient citizens – or so it seems. What’s really happening is that the boys are struggling to survive and the brothers soon realize that they must fight back, armed only with a vivid imagination and a small flicker of hope.

Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

Crazy Pierrot by Jean-Luc Godard

In Crazy Pierrot, Ferdinand Griffon is no longer interested in his wife and is tired of his dull life. It all changes when the couple hires Marianne Renoir as a babysitter and he falls in love with her, even to the point of leaving his family. Soon, he realizes that Marianne is not all who she seems when they have to go from the French countryside to the Mediterranean while being chased down by thugs.

Saturday, November 24, 12:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

Head-On by Fatih Akin

Head-On tells the story of an unusual romance between Cahit and Sibel. Cahit is a Turkish immigrant who crashes into a wall after drinking too much. He winds up in a mental institution, where he meets suicidal Sibel. She wants Cahit to marry her and in return, she tends to him and he can see other people.

Saturday, November 24, 3:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

The Exam by Péter Bergendy

In 1957 Budapest, Jung is a mid-level informant on citizens who come to report to him. He then determines which of these citizens are loyal to the Kadar regime. However, what he doesn’t realize is that his superior Marko is also watching and photographing his every move.

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Thursday, November 22, 1:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

The Lease by Paolo Bertola

The Lease is a psycho-horror drama that tells the story of a half-Filipino, half-Italian engineer Romano Gonzalez. Together with his family, they move into a new house for a huge project. Eventually, the beautiful home that they love very much turns into a nightmare as they become hunted by the unknown. All this leads to a secret that forever changes their lives.

Thursday, November 22, 7:30 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

Winter in Wartime by Martin Koolhoven

In Nazi-occupied Holland, 13-year-old Michiel rescues a wounded British paratrooper and becomes part of the Resistance. A young boy full of life and adventure, his actions soon turn to danger, as he is forced to act without knowing whom to trust. Winter in Wartime explores a child’s innocence as he discovers what goodness, courage, and responsibility.

Friday, November 23, 7:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

1001 Grams by Bent Hamer

In 1001 Grams, Norwegian scientist Marie attends a conference in Paris that talks about the real weight of a kilo. It’s in this experience that she discovers how disappointment, distress, and love truly weigh. Marie realizes the true value of human life and the measurements that she intends to live by.

Tuesday, November 20, 1:10 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

Marie Curie and the Blue Light by Marie Noelle

Marie Curie and the Blue Light tells the story of Marie Sklodowska Curie. She is the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, together with her French husband Pierre Curie, whom she lost in an accident. In spite of this, she still pursued her work and was offered to become a professor in Paris. Along the way, she married her colleague Paul Langevin, which caused a scandal after Paul’s wife accused them of adultery and put her second Nobel prize on the line.

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Saturday, November 24, 1:20 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

Selfie 69 by Cristina Jacob

Follow the adventures of bestfriends Roxi, Yasmine, and Ana in Selfie 69. After a hard night of partying, they challenge each other into being the first one to get married in the next three days. With this bet in place, a lot of crazy things are bound to happen in this rom-com.

Saturday, November 24, 7:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

Bienvenido, Mister Marshall by Luis García Berlanga

Bienvenido, Mister Marshall tells the story of Spanish residents in Villar del Rio who put their best foot forward after finding out that a group of North Americans will be coming over to their village. The film shows the stereotypes and impressions that the Spanish and Americans have on each other’s culture. It’s also a satirical response to the American Marshall Aid, which didn’t include Spain as one of its beneficiaries.

Friday, November 23, 12:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

Eternal Summer by Andreas Öhman

Eternal Summer is the story of Isak and Em. They meet on a summer night in Stockholm and decide to leave everything behind for a road trip along Northern Sweden. It starts off as a romantic adventure, but ultimately ends up into a crazy chase where there is no point of return.

Wednesday, November 21, 1:00 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

My Generation by David Batty

Narrated by Michael Caine, My Generation is a British documentary on pop culture during the 1960s. It takes viewers through different English icons, such as Rolling Stones, Twiggy, Paul McCartney, and more. Filled with archive footage, songs, and interviews, this documentary follows the revolutionary decade through the eyes of Michael Caine, who is a British film icon himself.

Saturday, November 24, 5:20 p.m., Cinematheque Centre Manila at Kalaw, Manila

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Cine Europa 21 has other international films included in the line-up. Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis. Follow Cinematheque Centre Manila's official Facebook page for more information on the films and complete screening schedule.

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