Cine Europa enters its 21st year; Celebrating the European Year of Cultural Hertiage and opening in Cebu City for the first time

As the biggest running film festival in the country enters its 21st year, Cine Europa will kick off for the first time this year in Cebu City on 27 September in Circa 1900, Alliance Francaise de Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu City. This year's Cine Europa film festival is organised in connection with the celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. Ambassador Jessen said that Cine Europa is one of the most effective means for the EU to reach out to the Filipino people. It is a unique way to showcase European cultural diversity in the Philippines. 

Twenty-eight movies from 16 European Union Member States (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom) as well as Norway will be screened this year.

This year, the British Council chose two inspiring documentaries about the impact of artists, musicians and creatives on contemporary society. Their unique perspectives offer critical reflections on history and modern-day Britain. Amy and My Generation also highlight the diversity of British society. Many artists from the UK come from somewhere else, yet have made the UK their home; their artistry, imagination and creativity have contributed to new and ground breaking ideas that have resonated with people throughout the world.

More information on the films and the dates and venues below.

Amy (2015)

Amy (2015)

Official Selection Cannes 2015 

From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), 'Amy' tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Employing extensive unseen archive footage, this modern and moving film shines a light on the world we live in.

A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse instantly captured the world's attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense - she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of modern era. Tragically, relentless media attention coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle saw her life fall apart. As a society, we celebrated her huge successes but were quick to judge her failings when it suited us. The talent that was initially her salvation eventually became the trigger for her disintegration.

Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

My Generation (2017)

My Generation (2017)

Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2017

British film icon Michael Caine narrates and stars in 'My Generation', a vivid and inspiring story of his personal journey through 1960s London. Based on personal accounts and stunning archive footage this documentary sees Caine travel back in time to talk to The Beatles, Twiggy, David Bailey, Mary Quant, The Rolling Stones, David Hockney and other star names.

The film has been painstakingly assembled over the last six years by Caine working with producer Simon Fuller, writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and director David Batty. Telling the story of the birth of pop culture in London through the eyes of the young Michael Caine, and using carefully intercut audio of Caine's conversations with his co-stars blended with unseen archive material to take the viewer back to the heart of the 1960s.

“For the first time in history the young working class stood up for ourselves and said, we’re here, this is our society and we’re not going away!” (Michael Caine)

Cine Europa 21 Dates and Venues

Cebu City, Cebu 
Alliance Française de Cebu & Ayala Center Cebu
September 28 to 30

Tacloban City, Leyte 
University of the Philippines-Visayas
October 2 to 7

Iloilo City, Iloilo
Film Development Council of the Philippines & SM City Iloilo
October 9 to 14

Baybay, Leyte
Visayas State University
October 16 to 21

Puerto Princesa, Palawan 
Palawan State University et Robinsons Place
October 23 to 28

Naga City, Camarines Sur
Ateneo de Naga University et SM City Naga
November 6 to 11

Manila - Film Development Council of the Philippines
November 20 to 25

Baguio City 
Film Development Council of the Philippines et SM City Baguio
November 26 to December 2

Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Shangri-La Plaza Mall
December 7 to 16