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After an online and hybrid screenings of the past Cine Europa due to the pandemic, the EU Delegation, the EU Member States Embassies, together with Goethe Institut Manila are proud to present the 26th edition of Cine Europa which will run from June 16 to July 16, 2023, but this time 100% physical screenings.

As expected, the longest and biggest film festival of the European Union in the Philippines, the Cine Europa will draw more viewers, especially from the European movie pundits to watch the various acclaimed movies to be shown at Cine Europa 26.

This year, Cine Europa brings 28 multi-awarded films from different EU Member States, as well as our guest country, Ukraine. These films may be watched onsite in our venue partners in Metro Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Davao. 

The following are the schedules and venues for the Cine Europa 26:

June 16 to 18: Shangri-la Plaza 

June 21 to 23: Film Development Council of the Philippines, Kalaw, Manila  June 24- 25: Cultural Center of the Philippines – Open grounds June 30 to July 2: Rizal Open Park Auditorium – Luneta Park  

July 5 to 7: SM Cinema Cebu 

July 8 to 9, and July 12-16: Film Development Council Iloilo 

July 14-16: Film Development Council Negros (Bacolod)  July 14-16: Film Development Council Davao 

As always, the EU is grateful to its loyal partners – the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the National Parks and Development Committee, the Cultural Center of the  Philippines, Shangri-La Properties, and SM Cinemas. 

Cine Europa 26 opens to the Filipino audience with the film Historja – Stitches for Sapmi from Sweden, that will be screened at Cinema 3, Red Carpet Cinemas, Shangri-La  Plaza, on 16 June 2023, 7:30pm. This Swedish films is a documentary about the Sami female artist Britta Marakatt-Labba, whose art showcases the past and the present of Sami culture, and how reindeer husbandry is being affected by the global climate crisis. 

The other films that will be screened at Cine Europa 26 are: 

1. Murina, from Croatia and Slovenia, is a coming of age film about a teenager,  her father, and an old friend with a life-changing deal.

2. My Love Affair with Marriage, a co-production from Latvia and Luxembourg  – an animated feature film for adult audiences focusing on young Zelma and  her quest for a perfect love and lasting marriage. 

3. Sweat, from Poland, follows Sylwia Zając, a celebrity fitness motivator who is  looking for true intimacy. 

4. Rien à Foutre (“Zero Fucks Given”), from Belgium – a fictional film that follows Cassandra, a flight attendant that was floating through her life until she is forced to confront situations, she is running from. 

5. Ensilumi (“Any Day Now”), from Finland – another fictional film that follows and Iranian family that lives in a refugee centre and their process of filing for asylum. 

6. Miss Viborg, a film from Denmark about two women from two different  generations that have an unlikely friendship and become companions in healing  and hope. This film was awarded the Best Nordic/Dutch Film Award in the  Santa Barbara International Film Festival. 

7. The Cleaners, from Germany – a sinister documentary about the work of  “content moderators”, follows an organisation in Manila that operates in the  industries that require content moderators 

8. Szelíd (“Gentle”), from Hungary, is a fictional documentary about a female  bodybuilder whose dream is to win Miss Olympia. 

9. Ramona, from Spain, is a comedy about the immortal feud between sense and sensibility. 

10. Io Sto Bene, a co-production between Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and Italy that shows parallel destinies and a future full of peace for them both. 

11. Dodo, from Greece – a comedy about a dodo bird (species that disappeared 300  years ago) making a reappearance that will spiral a family’s boundaries out of their control. 

12. Róise & Frank, a film from Ireland about a widowed Róise who believes that  a stray dog embodies the spirit of her late husband Frank – a warm-hearted and  witty tale about finding hope in dark places 

13. Moi dumky tykhi (“My thoughts are silent”), a Ukrainian film that explores the eternal problem of parents and children, by showcasing a mother and son relationship where the son wants to move to a different country. 

14. Lyuksemburh, Lyuksemburh (“Luxembourg, Luxembourg”) – a Ukrainian comedy about two children in search for their father in Luxembourg. 

15. Marocco/Mikado, a co-produced drama from Romania and the Czech  Republic about a father-daughter relationship faced with chaos and irreversible outcomes.

16. OSS 117: From Africa with Love — OSS 117 is France’s finest secret agent and he’s heading to Africa for what could be the trickiest mission ever! 

17. Os Demónios Do Meu Avô, an animated film co-produced by Portugal, Spain and France that follows Rosa and her journey back to her native village on the border between Spain and Portugal. 

18. Srdce na dlani, a comedy from the Czech Republic about falling in love where  love pays no mind to age or place. It follows the characters as they navigate  through love’s hope and beauty but also its complications and obstacles. 

19. Imad’s Barndom (“Imad’s Childhood”) – a documentary co-produced from Sweden, and Latvia about a family that was released from ISIS captivity and placed in a displaced persons’ camp in Kurdistan. 

20. Golata istina za grupa Zhuguli (“The Naked Truth about Zhugui”), from  Bulgaria – a fictional film about a band that disbanded 30 years before and is  being rounded back together for a 50th anniversary concert. 

21. Girl, from Belgium – a film about a 15-year-old that dreams about becoming a ballerina, Lara. 

22. Bėgikė (“Runner”), a co-production from Lithuania and the Czech Republic about Marija and her frantic search for her boyfriend, in what is described as a  story of sacrifice and the achievement of total freedom. 

23. Mitra, a film from the Netherlands about Haleh and the woman that betrayed her and caused the death of her daughter in Iran 37 years ago – a story about revenge and friendship. 

24. Kratt, from Estonia is about a magical creature who will do whatever its master says, with the quest to buy a soul from the devil. 

25. Smagen af sult (“A Taste of Hunger”) from Denmark, about a family their  gourmet restaurant and their quest for a Michelin Star. 

26. Olmo, from Italy – a short story about an 80 year old, Olmo, and his 8 year old  grandson, Giulio, and their search for an old tree 

27. Le Variabili Dipendenti, another short from Italy, about two characters, Pietro  and Tommaso, who are curious and are getting to know each other 

So what are you waiting for? Follow us on Cine Europa Philippines and Instagram and enjoy Cine Europa 26 at its finest!

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