Catch 10 Notable European Films at the Red Carpet on June 16-18 for Cine Europa's 26th run

Shangri-La Plaza invites you to the much-anticipated Cine Europa, the longest-running European film festival in the country. Now on its 26th edition, this cinematic event will take place from June 16 to 18 at the Red Carpet in Shangri-La Plaza.

Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines in collaboration with the EU Cultural Institutes, Cine Europa 26 will showcase 10 outstanding films released between 2018 and 2022. These films hail from different parts of Europe, a continent renowned for its significant contributions to the film industry, including influential cinematic movements and acclaimed auteurs who continue to inspire modern cinema worldwide, including Filipino filmmakers.

Opening Cine Europa 26 is the highly acclaimed directorial debut of Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, "Murina" (Croatia and Slovenia, 2021). This coming-of-age drama follows restless teenager Julija as she yearns for freedom from her strict, controlling father Ante. The film delves into the complexities of their relationship when an old family friend and potential buyer of their remote island home spends the weekend with them. "Murina" won the Caméra d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Balkan Film Award at the Sofia International Film Festival.

Among the featured films is "Ensilumi" (Any Day Now, Finland, 2020) directed by Hamy Ramezan. It revolves around an Iranian refugee family in Finland whose hopes are dashed when their asylum application is denied, just as they thought their lives were falling into place. Starring acclaimed French actor Adèle Exarchopoulos, "Rien à Foutre" (Zero Fucks Given, Belgium, 2021) tells the story of Cassandra, a workaholic flight attendant who is forced to return home after being dismissed from a low-cost airline. This film is directed by Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre.

The festival will also present the 2022 Best Nordic/Dutch Film winner, "Miss Viborg" (Denmark), directed by Marianne Blicher. This heartwarming movie explores the unlikely yet profound friendship between a rebellious teenager and a 61-year-old former beauty queen, both residents of a small Danish town. "Sweat" (Poland, 2022) by Magnus von Horn, an official selection at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, offers an intimate glimpse into the life of a social media star and fitness expert who yearns for genuine connection amidst her growing stardom.

Additionally, Cine Europa will feature "Szelíd" (Gentle, Hungary and Germany, 2022), a docu-fiction by Anna Eszter and László Csuja. This production, which received the Grand Prix award at the 2022 CinEast (Central and Eastern European Film Festival), follows the story of a female bodybuilder willing to sacrifice everything to win the world championship, a dream she shares with her life partner and trainer. Adding to the lineup is the animated film "My Love Affair with Marriage" (Latvia and Luxembourg, 2022) directed by Signe Baumane. This imaginative musical comedy takes adult audiences on a 23-year quest for perfect love and lasting marriage, while challenging societal expectations imposed on women. Another comedy on the list is "Ramona" (Spain, 2022), which explores the relationship between two individuals who unexpectedly meet on the streets. Ramona finds herself questioning her career and seemingly perfect relationship with her boyfriend when Bruno reappears. This romantic-comedy stars Lourdes Hernández, Bruno Lastra, and Francesco Carril.

Furthermore, the festival will screen thought-provoking documentaries. One of these is "Historja – Stygn för Sápmi" (Historja – Stitches for Sapmi, Sweden, 2022) directed by Thomas Jackson. This documentary offers a majestic look into the indigenous community north of the Arctic Circle, following Samí artist Britta Marakatt Labba and her efforts to depict her people's mythology while preserving their culture in the face of climate change. "The Cleaners" (Germany, 2018), directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, sheds light on an organization based in Manila that employs content moderators responsible for filtering out distressing and forbidden content on social media platforms. The film explores the psychological toll of this job while cautioning about the dangers of spreading false news and hate through these platforms.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the creative works of a new generation of visionary European filmmakers at Cine Europa 26, screening at the Red Carpet in Shangri-La Plaza from June 16 to 18!

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