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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Instituto Cervantes’ PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival concludes in Iloilo


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From November 7 to 9, Instituto Cervantes will be holding the final leg of the PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival, now on its 18th edition, at the Cinematheque Center in Iloilo City. A selection of films from the Festival will be screened in their original Spanish version with subtitles in English. Tickets are free of charge.

The Festival will kick off on November 7, at 6:30pm, with the Argentinean black comedy El cuento de las comadrejas (The Weasels’ Tale), which won the “Premio del Público / Audience Choice Award” of PELICULA 2019. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Juan José Campanella, this movie is about a famous actress, an actor, a film director and screenplay writer who were popular during the Golden Age of Cinema, doing the impossible to preserve the world they created.

On November 8, at 6:30pm, the Festival will continue with another comedy, Mi obra maestra (Gastón Duprat, 2018). The film is about two friends with very different personalities: Arturo, a charming and unscrupulous art dealer, and Renzo, a sullen painter whose fame has declined. Arturo tries to relaunch the artistic career of his friend, but things get from bad to worse, until they come up with an extremely ludicrous plan. The movie got the Audience Award at the Valladolid International Film Festival in 2018.





On November 9, at 4:00pm, the popular Spanish comedy El mejor verano de mi vida (Dani de la Orden, 2018) will be screened. Curro, an unlucky salesman burdened with debt, tries to fulfill his promise to his son to go on an unforgettable summer holiday.

Finally, the Festival will close with the drama El reino (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, 2018) at 6:30 PM. A film that has received more than 30 awards worldwide, the story shows a very interesting insight into contemporary politics and corruption. It is about a Spanish politician who enjoys the good life, while enriching himself with public funds. When a friend and fellow member of his political party gets accused of corruption, he tries to cover up for him, against the directives of the leaders of his party.



Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, AECID, the UP Film Institute, UPFI Film Center, TurEspaña, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, PELÍCULA is made possible by Rustan’s, The PTC Group of Companies, the Cinematheque Center of Iloilo, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in The Philippines, TBA Studios, Netflix, and the Spanish restaurants La Picara, Barcino, Bar Pintxos, Tapella, and Pablo Bistro.

For the schedule, line-up of films and further information on the Festival, please visit the Facebook page of Instituto Cervantes: www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila

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