The Película Spanish Film Festival takes place at the Shang for the first time

The 21st edition of the Película – Spanish Film Festival will return to in-person screenings from October 5-16.

After two years of virtual festival, Película will screen more than 20 films in three venues in Metro-Manila – Edsa Shangri-La Plaza, Cine Adarna at UP Diliman and the Instituto Cervantes Intramuros branch.

Since its creation in 2002 by the Instituto Cervantes de Manila, Película has been an annual attraction in Philippine theaters. After the Covid-19 crisis, which forced cinemas to close around the world and pushed Película audiences to migrate online, the festival returns to the big screen, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additionally, in addition to in-person screenings in Metro Manila, the Festival will also hold online screenings for the Philippines, Malaysia and Australia.

The Spanish film festival Película presents 13 films on the red carpet of the Shang, starting with “El buen patron”.

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It is a 2021 comedy directed by award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa and stars Oscar winner Javier Bardem.

It’s about an owner of an industrial scale manufacturing company who tries to get an award for excellence for his company while solving problems with his workers at the same time.

Other comedy films on the lineup include “El test”, a 2022 Dani de la Orden film about a broke couple who must decide whether to get €100,000 now or €1,000,000 10 years later, and ” Con quién viajas”, a heavy dialogue-road movie full of comical situations and thrills and tension.

It is directed by Martín Cuervo and will be released in 2021. Other feel-good films are screened at the festival.

“La boda de Rosa” is a 2020 romantic comedy film by Icíar Bollaín that portrays an exhausted woman in her forties who sets out to start over by getting married.

“Sentimental” is a 2020 Cesc Gay film about two couples who explore the secrets of keeping the fires burning in long-term relationships. “Rendir los machos”, a 2021 film by David Pantaleón, tells the story of two brothers who are forced to move their cattle through nature and hand them over to their greatest rival to receive their father’s inheritance.

The festival also screens documentaries like Laura Hojman’s 2022 film “A las mujeres de España”; “María Lejárraga” which tells the story of María Lejárraga, writer and pioneer of feminism in Spain in the 1920s; and thrillers like “La hija,” Manuel Martín Cuenca’s 2021 film about a pregnant teenager in juvenile detention who agrees to give her baby to a couple desperate for a child.

It also features dramas such as “Maixabel”, a 2021 production by Icíar Bollaín based on the true story of a widow who met one of her husband’s killers in prison after breaking ties with the group. Spanish separatist ETA, and “El olvido que seremos”. a 2020 Colombian film by Fernando Trueba about an author recounting his life with his father who fought against oppression and social inequality and was killed by Colombian paramilitaries.

Película also promotes Latin American films such as the “Panamanian rom-com Algo azul” (Mariel García Spooner, 2021) about a hotel worker who steals an expensive wedding dress; and “Competencia oficial,” a 2021 Spanish-Argentine comedy directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, and directed by Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez.

It’s about a wealthy businessman who wants to produce a brilliant art film. To celebrate its 21st edition, Película will screen a famous classic Spanish film, the Cannes winner “Muerte de un ciclista” (Juan Antonio Bardem, 1953), which is a Spanish social realism drama about a couple of adulterous lovers whose lives is about to tip over after hitting a cyclist.

As part of its longstanding tradition, the festival encourages moviegoers to vote for their favorite film.

The film with the most votes will receive the audience award and will be screened again during the closing night of Película. All films are in Spanish or their original language with English subtitles.

Attend one of the most beloved cultural events in the country, don’t miss the Película Spanish Film Festival for the first time on the red carpet at Shangri-La Plaza from October 5th.

Película 2022 is a project of the Instituto Cervantes of Manila and Sydney, the embassies of Spain in the Philippines and Australia, and AECID, in collaboration with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Shangri-La Plaza, l ‘Instituto Etxepare, the Filmoteca Vasca, the Embassy of Colombia in the Philippines, Embassy of Panama in the Philippines, UP Film Institute, University of the Philippines, Intramuros Administration, Vibal Foundation, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Acciona, Rustan’s, Arthaland, La Pícara and Emperador. screenings are free.

All films are in Spanish (or their original language) with English subtitles.