Cinematheque brings 25th Cine Europa to Iloilo

By Joseph B.A. Marzan

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Cinematheque Centre Iloilo brings European cinema to the City of Love once again, to celebrate the 25th year of an annual event symbolizing good relations between the Philippines and the European Union (EU).

The Cine Europa 25 Iloilo leg opened on October 5 with the 2020 Spanish film Las Niñas (Schoolgirls), a delicate coming-of-age drama set in the contradictory Spain of the 1990s, featuring the story of a confused generation of young generation, and showcasing the friendship of protagonists Celia (played by Andrea Fandos) and Brisa (played by Zoe Arnao).

This film won Best Film, Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay for director Pilar Palomero, and Best Cinematography for Daniela Cajías, from a total of nine nominations at the 35th Goya Awards.

Other opening films included the 2013 Belgian film Marina, a biographical film based on the life of Italian singer Rocco Granata, and the 2020 french film Un Triomphe (The Big Hit), the story of an actor who runs a theatre workshop in a prison which will stage a famous play.

The other films featured in the 9-day run include:

  • Dating Amber (Ireland), Seltsimees Laps (The Little Comrade, Estonia), and Tytöt Tytöt Tytöt (Girl Picture, Finland) on October 6;
  • Nech Je Svetlo (Let There Be Light, Czech Republic), Oskar & Lilli – Where No One Knows Us (Austria), and La Vita Facile (Easy Living, Italy) on October 7;
  • Granny Project (Hungary), Bashtata (The Father, Bulgaria and Greece), and Never Gonna Snow Again (Poland) on October 8;
  • Im Feuer (Sisters Apart, Slovenia and Italy), Exil (Exile, Germany), and Dopunska Nastava (Extracurricular, Croatia) on October 9;
  • Klondike (Ukraine) and The Most Beautiful Boy In The World (Sweden) on October 10;
  • Luzzu (Malta) and Sluzobnici (Servants, Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, and Ireland) on October 11;
  • Krajina Ve Stinu (Shadow Country, Czech Republic and Slovakia), The Spiders Man (Italy), and Pafsi (Pause, Cyprus and Greece) on October 12; and
  • Sanremo (Slovenia and Italy), Mysi Patri Do Nebe (Even Mice Belong In Heaven, Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, and Poland), and Kapsalon Romy (Romy’s Salon, Germany and The Netherlands) on October 13.

Cine Europa will be on a hybrid format, being available to everyone in both physical format at the Cinematheque Centre and virtually via online platforms.

“For the past 25 years Cine Europa has been the hallmark cultural event of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines. Beyond showing European films, this programme has become a platform to strengthen EU-Philippine cultural relations and collaboration with Philippine cultural institutions and other partners,” the Cinematheque Centre said in its press invite.

Cine Europa 25 is organized by the EU Delegation to the Philippines, EU Member-States’ Embassies, Cultúr Éireann, Irish Film Institute, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, and the Philippine-Italian Association, in partnership with the National Parks and Development Committee, the FDCP, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, as well as other local and commercial partners.

Admission is free for all films on a first-come, first-served basis. The public will be encouraged to observe health protocols while watching the films.

Complete schedule and other details are available at the Cinematheque Centre Iloilo’s Facebook page, and they may also be reached at phone number (033) 335-0543 and email address

FDCP Cinematheque Centre Iloilo is located at B&C Building, Solis cor. Iznart Streets, Iloilo City.