Philippine Daily Inquirer
GAINING CRITICAL recognition worldwide, Spain’s film industry has been on a serious roll in recent years, producing titles such as Pedro Almodóvar’s “Hable con ella” (Talk to Her, 2002), Enrique Urbizu’s “La vida mancha” (2003), Alejandro Amenábar’s “Mar adentro” (The Sea Inside, 2004), and Jaime Rosales’ “La soledad” (2007), among others.
In celebration of Película, the 9th Spanish Film Festival, Instituto Cervantes de Manila presents Encuentros en el cine, where two renowned Spanish directors make the Philippine premier of their works at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas in Makati City.
Spanish filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta presented his films “Los condenados” (The Condemned) and “La leyenda del tiempo” (The Legend of Time) on Oct. 3.
Meanwhile, Spanish director and scriptwriter Miguel Albaladejo will grace the screening of his films, “Rencor,” “ Nacidas para sufrir” (Born to Suffer) and “El cielo abierto” (Ten Days without Love) on Oct. 7.
On Oct. 10, Albaladejo will also be presenting his film “Manolito Gafotas,” for a special children’s session.
One of the up-and-coming filmmakers in Spain and Latin America, Lacuesta combines his work as university professor with his job as film director both on documentaries and fiction. Lacuesta also writes music, literature and cinema articles for different newspapers and the media.
Albaladejo, on the other hand, studied sciences of the image at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and started working as production and direction assistant for several well-known directors before making his own movies.
Encuentros en el cine is part of the Película Film Festival, which celebrates and showcases the latest works by Spanish and Latin American filmmakers, as well as films that explore themes and issues prevalent to the Hispanic community.
This year, Película features another brilliant lineup of 23 exceptional and the most awarded films which will last until Oct. 10, when the festival premiers Jim Libiran’s obra, “Happy Land.”
Said to be the first Filipino football movie, the film follows the story of a Spanish missionary priest who starts an unthinkable project in one of Manila’s most impoverished districts—a football tournament in Tondo, Manila.
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. Película is organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, Spanish Agency International Cooperation for Development (Aecid), Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation, Ministerio de Cultura of Spain, Greenbelt and Ayala Malls Cinemas, New World Hotel, Qatar Airways, Jaguar and Welovepost.
Cooperators are Alba, Kusina Teatro, Espa-Fil, Barcelo Café, Café de las Letras, Mexican Embassy, Chilean Embassy, Argentinian Embassy, Post Manila, Fujifilm-YKL Color, Happy Land, City Government of Makati, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Casino Español, Roadrunner, SQ Film Laboratories and Kodak Philippines.
For more information on the festival program, call 5261482; visit http://manila.cervantes.es or http://.pelicula.ph. Instituto Cervantes de Manila is at 855 TM Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila.
Below are some pictures I took during the opening of Pelicula 2010 last Sept. 30 at the Greenbelt Cinemas. -Dexter Matilla
Instituto Cervantes Director Jose Rodriguez
Spanish scriptwriter Lola Mayo and Inma de Lahoz of the Instituto Cervantes
Spanish Ambassador Luis Arias