Saturday, September 27, 2014

From October 9 to 19, 2014, Película-Pelikula, the Spanish Film Festival, will be featuring the best and brightest of contemporary Spanish cinema at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas. Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain-AECID, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the 2014 edition of the Spanish Film Festival will screen around 20 films.

Since its conception in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Film Festival has been an annual attraction at the Ayala Cinemas, bringing the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema to the local audience of Manila. Película-Pelikula is a combination of the Spanish word “película” which means film and its Tagalog derivation “pelikula,” echoing the cultural ties shared by Spain and the Philippines. Putting the two together underlines the unique characteristics of this 2-week event as the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia.

The Festival has traditionally been graced by the presence of foreign filmmakers. In this edition, on October 10, 2014, at 7pm, Spanish filmmaker David Trueba will present his movie “Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados” (2014), and will have an open forum after the screening. Thanks to this movie, David Trueba was the biggest winner at the latest Goya Awards, bagging 6 major prizes — Best Film and Best Director among them.

The rest of the line-up of films shows a list of genres ranging from romance, comedies (La gran comedia española, 2 francos, 40 pesetas) to documentaries (Mapa), suspense or drama (Todas las mujeres).

Thanks to the collaboration of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), a selection of films shown in the Festival will travel to other cities in the Philippines: Baguio, Ilo-ilo, Zamboanga and Davao.

Audience Choice Award

Also not to be missed in every edition of Película is the “Audience Choice” Award. During the 11-day festival, the audience will be given stubs in which they can rate the movies they have seen. For every five movies, members of the audience qualify to join the raffle in which they get a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Spain and other exciting prizes.

Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain-AECID, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and Ayala Cinemas, Película is made possible by Emperador Distillers, Ayala Cinemas & Greenbelt, Qatar Airways, San Miguel Corporation, in collaboration with Instituto Etxepare, Maersk, Vibal Foundation, Ayala Museum, Alba’s Restaurante Español and Espa-Fil.

For the schedule, line-up of films and further information on the Festival please visit the official website of Instituto Cervantes at or log on to its Facebook page at

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