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Friday, September 9, 2011

Cine Europa at Shangrila Mall - Admission is Free

On its 14th year, Cine Europa, the annual tradition of bringing quality European films to Manila, is now back in Manila, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu.

Cine Europa opens in Manila on 8 September with public screenings from 9 to 18 September in Shangri-La Plaza and then moves on to Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro from 23 to 25 September and finally, to Cebu's Ayala Center Onstage from 30 September to 2 October.

From just about 11 films in 1998, Cine Europa is now bringing 19 films from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The Manila leg of Cine Europa opens with the amusing and poignant portrait of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe focusing on his youthful love affair which influenced his masterpiece "The Sorrows of young Werther".

In Cagayan de Oro, Cine Europa will certainly bring us back to our childhood with Austria's family-oriented film, "The Little Robbers".

In Cebu, Romania's entry dubbed the "Exchange" is a drama about a factory worker from a small Romanian town who loses his job and immigrates to Australia to find a better life.

This year's Cine Europa has a very good mix of films of varying genres – from comedy, drama to history and thriller and, at the same time, showcases European's cultural tapestry and human experiences - love for country and family, migration, relationships, perseverance, struggle, hope, courage, faith and victory.

With the Film Development Council of the Philippines as one of the major partners this year, the European Union promises to infuse more invigorated film and cultural exchanges beyond Cine Europa as both the EU and the Council strongly believe that films are critical and effective instruments in sharing cultural lessons and insights.

Mr. Lubomir Frebort, Political Counsellor and Head of the Political, Press and Information Section of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines said that with the European Union's partnership with FDCP at the helm of Cine Europa 14, the European Union hopes to create more opportunities for exchanges of ideas, insights and experiences in film making.

The FDCP is expected to assist the EU Member States' Embassies in bringing their films to local audiences to expose them to other cultures and establish and enhance reciprocity and positive cultural relations with the European Union.

Mr. Frebort will open the Manila edition of Cine Europa together with the Ambassadors of the European Union Member States, Switzerland, Consuls of the EU Countries and Ms. Lala Fojas, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation.

Following last year's partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, this year's film festival will raffle off one economy ticket to Europe.

Through the years, Cine Europa has earnestly experimented with different ways of reaching out to Filipino audiences and to enliven its programme of events. The festival has helped strengthen EU-Philippine cultural relations and has become a lasting gift to the Filipino people. Cine Europa, which started in 1998, remains a distinctive acknowledgement of the partnership of the European Union with the Philippines by way of sharing with the Filipino public the diversity and uniqueness of European film culture. Admission to the screenings is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cine Europa 14 is presented by the European Union Member States' embassies and consulates, Embassy of Switzerland, Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall (Manila), Arts Council of Cebu and Liceo de Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao) as partner organisations. It is supported by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Yo Card and Click the

NOTE: Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice. For more details, visit or contact Shangri-la Plaza at 633-7851.

I read about it on the newspaper yesterday then search it online and here the Press Release of the 14th Cine Europa 2011.

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