Wednesday, September 17, 2008

European Flicks at Shangri-La Mall

The Cine Europa film festival at Shangri-La Plaza Manila kicked off last Thursday, but if you missed it this weekend, don't fret. You still have plenty of time to catch featured films from France, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom this week.

Learn more about the films and screening schedules after the jump.

Les Chansons d'Amour (Love Songs) by Christophe Honoré (France)
Les Chansons d'Amour is all about the intricacies and beauty of falling in love. It is about too many people loving a person, not surviving without love, and saying sorry for love.
Sept. 18 (Thursday), 12PM; and 20 (Saturday), 9:30PM

Mozart in China by Bernd Neuburger (Austria)
Danny and Li Wei, two 10-year-old boys from Salzburg, spend an adventurous summer in the southern Chinese island of Hainan. With the help of Mozart and a Chinese shadow princess, they manage to save an old shadow theater from being turned into a greedy hotel chain.
Sept. 16 (Tuesday), 9:30PM

Beauty in Trouble by Jan Hrebejk and Petr Jarchovsky (Czech Republic)
A young woman faces the dilemma of loving two men at once. Which should she choose--sexual dependence or a good future for herself and her children?
Sept. 20 (Saturday), 7PM

After the Wedding by Susanne Bier (Denmark)
Nominated in the 2007 Oscar Awards Best Foreign Film category, After the Wedding is the story of Jacob Petersen, who has dedicated his life to helping street children in India. When the orphanage he heads is threatened to close down, he receives a donation of $4 million, but with a condition: not only must Jacob return to Denmark, he must also take part in the wedding of his donor's daughter. The wedding proves to be a critical juncture between past and future and catapults Jacob into the most intense dilemma of his life.
Sept. 18 (Thursday), 2:30P; and 20 (Saturday), 4:30PM

Colorado Avenue by Claes Olsson (Finland)
Colorado Avenue tells the story of Hanna, a young woman who migrates to America, determined to make money in the Great West. She later returns to her home country to face civil war, alcohol smuggling, and humiliation. With her American dollars she buys a parcel of rocky land and opens a country store. The store becomes the village center and local people begin to respect the industrious “Dollar-Hanna” as they choose to call her. The film deals with humiliation, shame, respect, and making peace with one's past and is set in the early years of Finland's independence.
Sept. 17 (Wednesday), 2:30PM; 18 (Thursday), 7:30PM; and 21 (Sunday), 9:30PM

Hands Off Mississippi by Detlef Buck (Germany)
The winner of awards for Best Children’s and Family Film in the 2007 German Film Awards and 2007 Bavarian Film Awards, Hands Off Mississippi is about a young city girl sent off by her busy parents to spend some time in the country with her grandmother, where she discovers strange events at the neighboring farm, which involve a horse called Mississippi. The horse is likely to be sold unless other arrangements are made, and this is where the girl and her grandmother step in. The film develops into a broad comedy where all is not what it appears. Tip: Make sure you stay for the closing credits as the film ends with a witty and cleverly animated sequence.
Sept. 18 (Thursday), 5PM

Children of the Moon by Manuela Stacke (Germany)
Twelve-year-old Lisa makes it a point to play along with her brother Paul's fantasy game of travels to the moon faithfully every afternoon. But when she falls in love for the first time and another afternoon appointment gets in the way, brother and sister have to learn to adapt to the new reality.
Sept. 20 (Saturday), 2:30PM

Chemical Hunger by Antonio Bocola and Paolo Vari (Italy)
With a backdrop set in a grim housing project of a Milan suburb teeming with social tension, three youngsters, Claudio, Manuel, and Maja, face up to the passage from youth to adulthood.
Sept. 16 (Tuesday), 2:15PM; 19 (Friday), 12PM; and 21 (Sunday), 2:15PM

One Hundred Steps by Marco Tullio Giordana (Italy)
"I cento passi" (one hundred steps) was the distance between Peppino Impastato's house and the house of Tano Badalamenti, an important Mafia boss, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi. Impastato is a young left-wing activist in the late 70s (when almost nobody dared to speak about Mafia, and several politicians maintained that Mafia did not even exist) who repeatedly denounced Badalamenti crimes and the whole Mafia system using a small local radio station. In 1978, at age 30, Impastato is killed by an explosion. The police record the case as an accident or a suicide, but his friends try to trace his death to the Mafia.
Sept. 16 (Tuesday), 4:45PM; 19 (Friday), 2:30PM; and 21 (Sunday), 4:45PM

The Paper Will Be Blue by Marco Tullio Giordana (Romania)
When Lieutenant Neagu's armored unit is ordered to patrol the suburbs, the unit's radio functions intermittently and communications between the different armored units and fragments of radio and TV broadcasts give vague reports of "terrorist" attacks on the national television station held by anti-Ceausescu forces, throwing members of the unit into utter confusion.
Sept. 17 (Wednesday), 12PM; and 19 (Friday), 2:30PM

Un Franco, 14 Pesetas by Carlos Iglesias (Spain)
Two friends named Martin and Marcos leave their families behind in Spain to become mechanics in Switzerland. But the arrival of Martin's wife Pilar and son Pablo, and Marco’s girlfriend Maria del Carmen marks the end of the bachelor life they were living. When Martin's father dies, they realize they've already got what they went there for and the time has come to return. Much to their surprise, going home is much harder than leaving.
Sept. 17 (Wednesday), 7:30PM; 18 (Thursday), 10PM; and 21 (Sunday), 12PM

Late Bloomers by Bettina Oberli (Switzerland)
Lisi encourages Martha, 80, to realize a long-held dream: to open a boutique with her own handmade lingerie. This news turns the placid Swiss Emmental village upside down. When Martha's son, the vicar, orders her to close the shop, she and her best friends decide it's high time to show the village what they are made of.
Sept. 16 (Tuesday), 12PM

Vitus by Fredi M. Murer (Switzerland)
Vitus is a boy who almost seems to be from another planet: he has hearing like a bat, plays the piano like a virtuoso, and studies encyclopedias at age 5. No wonder his parents begin to anticipate a brilliant future for him. However, the little genius prefers to play in his eccentric grandfather's workshop and dream of flying. Ultimately, with one dramatic leap, Vitus takes control of his own life.
Sept. 17 (Wednesday), 9:30PM

Night Run by Dana Nechustan (The Netherlands)
Dennis van der Horst is a kind-hearted young entrepreneur who lives by the rules of the street and looks after his brother Marco and his family. When Dennis gets the chance to obtain an extremely expensive but lucrative taxi-license, he seizes it. Soon, however, Dennis finds out that the law is being altered, allowing competition in the taxi market and rendering his licenses and many of his colleagues' worthless. He gets deeper into trouble when he finds out that he has unwittingly become part of the criminal organization behind MOTAX. Even the police turn out to have secret ties with MOTAX and there is only one thing left for Dennis to do to free himself: confront the man pulling the strings.
Sept. 17 (Wednesday), 5PM; 19 (Friday), 5PM; and 21 (Sunday), 7:30PM

And When Did You Last See Your Father? by Anand Tucker (United Kingdom)
The film tells Blake Morrison's moving and candid memoir of his father in the weeks leading up to his death. As his father's condition worsens, Morrison contemplates their shared experiences, the intimacies and irritations of their relationship.
Sept. 16 (Tuesday), 7:30PM; and 20 (Saturday), 12PM

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