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Cine Europa @ 18 at the Shang

August 25, 2015

Twenty-three movies from eighteen European countries will be shown to display experiences and traditions in Europe from September 10 to November 29, 2015!

Coming of Age

Cine Europa turns 18 this year! It will continue to highlighting the best of European cinema by featuring a compelling mix of coming-of-age-flicks and timeless love tales that will bring audiences to an exploration of the human spirit and emotions that is truly unforgettable.


A lonely teen’s friendship with a free-spirited British neighbor pushes her to break free of the bonds of childhood in Puppylove (Belgium / 2013 / Fiction / 85 minutes / Manila & Iloilo screening only), this year’s opening film.

In front of the extraordinary landscape of the Austrian mountain backdrop, with stunning dance-moves and spectacular fusion of many different dance styles, such as hip-hop and disco fox “Rise Up! And Dance”  (Austria / 2014 / Comedy, Music, Romance / 90 minutes) shows a story about life, first love and last but not least about the magic, power and passion of dancing.

Gilles (Belgium / “Buitenspel” / 2005 / Drama / 100 minutes) is the story of a young soccer player whose dream is to run onto the pitch of King Baudouin Stadium wearing the uniform of hiss favorite football team, the Belgian National Squad a.k.a. ‘Red Devils’.

Follow the love story about a restless Bulgarian woman trapped between an intolerably stable life with her rich American fiancee and the passionate, but destructive love she left behind in Faith, Love and Whiskey (Bulgaria / 2012 / Drama, Romance / Rated R-16 / 75 minutes).


Přijde letos Ježíšek? (Czech Republic / “Little Baby Jesus” / 2013 / Romance / 100 minutes) revolves around the life of a charming 60-something Jose, who returns to Prague after living in Mexico for 30 years, to ask for a miracle so his daughter Penelope can bear a child.

One of the special highlights in this year’s festival is the arrival of Director Lenka Kny, who is expected to hold a series of lectures in October.

Twelve-year-old Pelle is Antboy (Denmark / 2013 / Comedy, Family / Rated PG / 77 minutes). He and his comic book nerd friend Wilhelm creates this secret identity to battle a supervillain named The Flea.

Finland returns to the festival with its movie, Naked Harbour (Finland / “Vuosaari” / 2012 / Drama / Rated R-13 / 123 minutes). During one winter week all the characters in the film are faced with something irreversible. These eight different people are imperfect, weak and lost, but they are driven by the same need to be loved, seen and touched.

In the movie La Belle Vie (France / “The Good Life” / 2014 / Drama, Romance / 96 minutes), Mikey searches for the good life and starts over with a new girlfriend. After he is lured into the underworld, his younger brother tries to join him, forcing Mikey to choose between his family and his comfortable lifestyle.

The film Die Legende von Paul nd Paula (Germany / “The Legend of Paul and Paula / 1973 / Drama / Rated R-13 / 105 minutes) follows the story of a married bureaucrat and a single mother of two who go through divorces, sorrow and betrayals before finally ending up together.

An ex-con takes a job in a school that sits over his stash of cash from an old robbery in Suck Me Shakespeare (Germany / “Fack Ju Göhte” / 2013 / Romance, Comedy / Rated R-13 / 119 minutes). While secretly digging for his loot, the teacher Zeki brings the unruly kids of a class back on track with his drastic yet effective methods that gain the attention of his prim and proper fellow teacher, Lisi.

Multi-awarded film Ovosodo (Italy / “Hardboiled Egg” / 1997 / Drama, Comedy / 100 minutes) tackles finding one’s place in life as it follows Piero, a shy boy from a working-class neighborhood from childhood to adulthood.


While vacationing on the Greek Isle of Love, a repressed 30 year old Stefania reluctantly plays chaperon to her precocious 14 year old niece, Meggy, who plans to lose her virginity before the summer is over. In Ginger and Cinnamon (Italy / “Dillo con parole mie” / 2003 / Drama / 105 minutes) they learn about love and family while stumbling upon an unexpected person.

Nine-year-old Finn (The Netherlands / 2013 / Family / Rated PG / 90 minutes) struggles to make music despite his father’s wishes for him to play football instead. An encounter with an old man who plays the violin so beautifully inspires him to go for what he wants. This movie has been featured in various festivals and gathered awards all over the world.

In Totally True Love (Norway / “Jørgen + Anne er Sant” / 2011 / Family / Rated PG / 83 minutes) ten-year-old Anne must fight for the affections of Jorgen, the new boy in her class, against the prettiest girl in school, Ellen.


This year is special as the Embassy of Poland based in Kuala Lumpur, for the first time, will participate with their two famous movies:

A story of love, friendship and the pursuit of adventure during the most , Miasto 44 (Poland / “Warsaw ’44” / 2014 / Drama, War / 130 minutes / Manila and Tacloban screening only).

A young woman on the verge of taking her vows as a Catholic nun when she learns from her only living relative a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation – one of which is her real name: Ida (Poland / 2013 / Drama / 82 minutes).


When a wedding ceremony gets interrupted in the wake of Joseph Stalin’s death, a fine mime production ensues. Watch as it culminates into a raucous celebration with the twists and turns on Silent Wedding (Romania / “Nunta muta” / 2008 / Comedy, Drama / Rated R-13 / 87 minutes).

Ema is a beautiful and successful TV anchor of a national TV broadcaster, the star of an appreciated tabloid show. A perfectionist, she has no hesitation in putting at steak her health or money for higher ratings. One of her cases brings her in a middle of a huge scandal which will dramatically change her life. The film – Live (Romania / 2015 / Drama / Rated GP / 103 minutes) – asks, what can it be worse than loosing your personal life and finally your own identity?


The Corpse Must Die (Slovakia / “Mŕtvola musí zomrieť‘ / Comedy / Rated R-13 / 96 minutes) gives a peek into the different ways of love with the story of Kristof and Nada, husband and wife teachers whose actions towards a nymphomaniac student and a cheeky stranger begin a series of crazy events.

A film about the relationship between a troubled teenager and his grandfather, a military retiree living in a village on the Costa de la Luz, 15 años y un día (Spain / “15 Years and One Day” / 2013 / Drama /  Rated R-13 / 96 minutes) will show how the two will have to face their fears and limitations.

Stockholm Stories (Sweden / 2014 / Drama / Rated PG / 97 minutes) is a contemporary and humorous multi plot drama about five people whose paths cross during a few rainy days in November – young metropolitan writer Johan, preppy Douglas, recently dumped and currently homeless Anna, advertising professional Jessica and workaholic Thomas.

Daredevil turned paraplegic Valentin enrolls in an experimental theatre workshop and discovers the unique qualities of his mentally disabled yet talented co-members in Keep Rollin’ (Switzerland / 2013 / Fiction / 95 minutes).

Pride (United Kingdom / 2014 / Comedy / Rated R-13 / 120 minutes) was screened for the press last August 18. Nicholas Thomas, Director of British Council Philippines said,

“We are excited to take part once again at this year’s Cine Europa film festival and to continue to bring the best of UK film to the Philippines. Addressing serious themes but typically British in its use of humour, Pride is a genuinely uplifting film that tells the true story of a friendship that was formed between two communities in unlikely and challenging circumstances. Please support Cine Europa and head to the cinemas this September-November 2015.“


Cine Europa 18 Screening Venues and Schedules

  • Shang Cineplex Cinema 1, Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA, Mandaluyong City (September 10-20, 2015)
Sept 10 / ThursBulgaria: Faith, Love and Whiskey2:00PM
Slovakia: Mrtvola Musi Zomriet (The Corpse Must Die)4:00PM
Spain: 15 anos y una dia (15 Years and One Day)5:30PM
Romania: Live7:30PM
Sept 11 / FriAustria: Rise Up! and Dance12:30PM
Italy: Ovosodo (Hardboiled Egg)2:30PM
United Kingdom: Pride5:00PM
Romania: Nunta muta (Silent Wedding)7:30PM
Sept 12 / SatDenmark: Antboy1:00PM
The Netherlands: Finn3:00PM
Czech Republic: Prijde letos Jezisek? (Little Baby Jesus)5:00PM
Norway: Totally True Love7:30PM
Sept 13 / SunFrance: La Belle Vie (The Good Life)12:30PM
Poland: Miasto 443:00PM
Switzerland: Keep Rollin’5:00PM
Sweden: Stockholm Stories’7:30PM
Sept 14 / MonSlovakia: Mrtvola Musi Zomriet (The Corpse Must Die)1:00PM
Denmark: Antboy3:30PM
Czech Republic: Prijde letos Jezisek? (Little Baby Jesus)6:00PM
Bulgaria: Faith, Love and Whiskey8:30PM
Sept 15 / TuesSpain: 15 anos y una dia (15 Years and One Day)1:00PM
Belgium: Gilles3:30PM
Germany: Fack ju Gohte (Suck Me Shakespeare)6:00PM
Finland: Vuosaari (Naked Harbour)8:30PM
Sept 16 / WedSweden: Stockholm Stories’12:30PM
Switzerland: Keep Rollin’3:00PM
Czech Republic: Prijde letos Jezisek (Little Baby Jesus)6:00PM
Germany: Fack ju Gohte (Suck Me Shakespeare)7:30PM
 Sept 17 / ThursRomania: Live1:00PM
Austria: Rise Up! and Dance3:30PM
Germany: Die Legende von Paul and Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula)5:30PM
The Netherlands: Finn8:00PM
 Sept 18 / FriDenmark: Antboy12:30PM
Italy: Dillo con parale mie (Ginger and Cinnamon)2:30PM
United Kingdom: Pride5:00PM
Norway: Totally True Love7:30PM
 Sept 19 / SatItaly: Ovosodo (Hardboiled Egg)2:30PM
Belgium: Gilles3:00PM
Finland: Vuosaari (Naked Harbour)5:00PM
France: La Belle Vie (The Good Life)7:30 PM
 Sept 20 / SunRomania: Nunta muta (Silent Wedding)12:30PM
Italy: Dillo con parole mie (Ginger and Cinnamon)2:30PM
Germany: Die Legende von Paul and Paula (The Legend of Paul and Paula)5:00PM
Poland: Ida7:30PM
  • Film Development Council of the Philippines, Baguio City Cinematheque (September 22-27)
  • Iloilo City Cinematheque (September 29 – October 4)
  • Ayala Center Cebu (October 9-11)
  • Zamboanga Cinematheque (October 13-18)
  • University of the Philippines, Tacloban City (October 21-25)
  • Film Development Council of the Philippines, Davao City (November 3-8)
  • Visayas State University, Leyte (November 10-15)
  • Liceo De Cagayan University, CDO (November 18-22)
  • MMDA, Makati City (November 24-29)

Admission is FREE for all screenings at all locations for the two-month festival.

Cine Europa 18 is organized by the European Union Cultural Group in Manila and the EU Cultural Institutes accredited to the Philippines including the Embassies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines (website|Facebook), Alliance Française, British Council, Goethe-Institut, Philippine-Italian Association, and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila with the important contribution of the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Metro Manila Development Authority.

Event partners include, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall (Manila), Arts Council of Cebu and Liceo de Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao) and the Visayas State University in Baybay.

Other partners who have played a very important role in the film festival are JEC Philippines, Institut Francais, the Norwegian Film Institute and the Swiss Cultural Fund – Philippines.

For inquiries contact 370-2500 local 597 or log on to www.shangrila-plaza.com.

I’m still deciding which films I will line up for. Hmm.. How about you dear reader? See you around? 🙂

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