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October 2, 2012

Pelicula Spanish Film Festival at the Instituto Cervantes

The 11th Película Spanish Film Festival, the largest celebration of Spanish and Latin American filmmaking in Asia and the Pacific, announces the line-ups for this year’s Official Selection, Documentary and Short films and Latin-American film gems program.
A selection of dramas and the hilarious sit alongside unabashed popular blockbusters - the celebration of Spanish and Latin American films will be delivered yet again at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas from October 4 to 14. Specific times and ticketing information are available on the Festival website, or in the Instituto Cervantes Facebook page.

The films in this year’s competitions include several Asian premiers and the audience choice winner will be announced at on October 14. Alongside the movie screenings at the Greenbelt 3 mall will be a meet-and-greet with Filipinos by renowned Spanish director Alberto Rodríguez on October 8. Considered to be as one of the most widely-known directors in Spain, Rodríguez directed 7 vírgenes in 2005 which premiered in the San Sebastian Film Festival, receiving positive reviews and ultimately garnering 6 nominations for the Goya Awards.

Official Selection

Festival organizers selected 16 films remarkable for their original concept, striking style, and overall excellence. Multi-awarded films like Arrugas, Madrid 1987, and the Spanish horror thriller film Mientras duermes (Sleep Tight) make their Philippine premier at the film festival.

Other films include the contemporary film noir No habrá paz para los malvados (No rest for the wicked) and the gritty realistic thriller Grupo 7 (Unit 7) about a group of cops who break all the rules to clean up Spain’s ghettos in the 80’s. The film has also made it to Spain's three-pic shortlist for its foreign-language Oscar candidate this year.

This year’s official line-up are:

Donde el olor del mar no llega by Lilián Rosado
Un cuento chino by Sebastián Borensztein (Argentina, 2011)
Dos Hermanos by (Argentina, 2012)
Arrugas by Ignacio Ferreras (Animation, Spain, 2011)
No habrá paz para los malvados (No rest for the wicked) by E. Urbizu (Spain, 2011)
Grupo 7 (Unit 7) by Alberto Rodríguez (Spain, 2011)
After by Alberto Rodríguez (Spain, 2009)
Mientras duermes (Sleep Tight) by Jaume Balagueró (Spain, 2011)
Katmandú by Icíar Bollaín (Spain, 2011)
Lo mejor de Eva (Dark Impulse) by Mariano Barroso (Spain, 2012)
Madrid, 1987 by David Trueba (Spain, 2011)
Pa negre by Agustí Villaronga (Spain, 2010)
La chispa de la vida by Álex de la Iglesia (Spain, 2012)
5 metros cuadrados by Max Lemcke (Spain, 2011)
18 comidas by Jorge Coira (Spain- Argentina, 2010)
80 egunean by Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga (Spain, 2010)

Documentary and Short-Films Entrees

Película organizers have also selected two films for this year’s documentary line-up that are both unscripted and uncut. The Festival will also feature an unparalleled line-up of nine contemporary Basque short films. This year’s entrees are:

Hollywood Talkies by Oscar Pérez
Jacques Leonard, el payo by Chac Yago Leonard
Ámár by Isabel Herguera
Artalde / Rebaño / Flock by Asier Altuna
La cortadora de margaritas by Enrique García, Rubén Salazar
Exhibition 19 by Alaitz Arenzana, María Ibarretxe
La gran carrera by Kote Camacho
Korosho (Todo Bien) by Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Un novio de mierda by Borja Cobeaga
Ondar Ahoak (Bocas de arena) by Angel Aldarondo
El premio by León Siminiani

About Película Spanish Film Festival

Película, The Spanish and Latin American Film Festival is part of the month-long celebrations known as Fiesta, the Spanish Festival for Culture and the Arts. It is organized by the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Cultural Center in Manila, together with the Embassy of Spain. This year’s ¡Fiesta! features a stirring array of films and dance and music as presented by leading international artists. The month-long festivities are meant to highlight the commemoration of Spain’s National Day on October 12.

Película is organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, Spanish Agency International Cooperation for Development (AECID), Film Development Council of the Philippines, Greenbelt, Ayala Malls Cinemas, San Miguel Corporation, Sony, and Manila Contemporary.

Special thanks to Alba, Espa-Fil, Qatar Airways, Indra, Embassy of the Argentine Republic, Picasso Boutique Hotel and Centunion.

Contact Details:
For more information, please call (63 2) 526-1482 or visit: or
Instituto Cervantes

855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Thursday October 4, 2012 - Sunday October 14, 2012

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