8 Films to Watch at the Return of Onsite Cine Europa 2023

Eight Films to Watch for Free at the Return of Onsite Cine Europa

Film junkies, this might be what you’ve been waiting for! Cine Europa, the longest film festival in the country led by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, enters its 26th year with an exciting lineup of titles available for showing within and outside Metro Manila.

This year, the event is fully onsite for the first time since the pandemic. It will feature 28 critically acclaimed films hailing from Europe, telling different stories of romance, dreams, friendships, and many more.

The best thing? You can watch all of these for free! To get you clued in, check out the synopses of our recommended films and their corresponding venues.

‘Ensilumi’ (Any Day Now) | Finland

Ramin Mehdipour (13) and his Iranian family have been living in a refugee center in Finland for a while now. As the boy enjoys his school holidays, the family receives a negative decision on their asylum application. After filing the last possible appeal, the Mehdipours try to continue with their everyday lives and keep a positive attitude despite the looming danger of deportation. Ramin starts the new school year, in which every moment will be more precious than ever.

Venues: Shangri-La Plaza, Rizal Park – Open Air Auditorium, FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo, FDCP Cinematheque Negros

‘Girl’ | Belgium

Fifteen-year-old Lara dreams of becoming a ballerina. Assigned male at birth, Lara has to overcome more than blistered, bloody feet to realize her dream.

Venues: SM Cinema Cebu, FDCP Cinematheque Davao

‘Miss Viborg’ | Denmark

In a small Danish town, we meet two generations of women. Solvej, a 61-year-old former beauty queen, and the rebellious 17-year-old Kate. Their meeting sparks an unlikely friendship, while the wounds of the past are revealed and seeds of hope are sown.

Venues: Shangri-La Plaza, Rizal Park – Open Air Auditorium, FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo

‘Murina’ | Croatia, Slovenia

Tensions rise between restless teenager Julija and her oppressive father Ante when an old family friend arrives at their Croatian island home. As Ante attempts to broker a life-changing deal, their tranquil yet isolated existence leaves Julija wanting more from this influential visitor, who provides a taste of liberation over a weekend laid bare to desire and violence.

Venues: CCP – Liwasang Kalikasan, FDCP Cinematheque Ilo-Ilo, FDCP Cinematheque Negros

‘My Love Affair With Marriage’ | Latvia, Luxembourg

Hungry for love and acceptance, young Zelma feels incomplete. Hounded by three singing Mythology Sirens, she sets out on a 23-year quest for perfect love and lasting marriage. She’s unaware, however, that her own Biology is a powerful force to be reckoned with. An animated feature film for adult audiences.

Venues: Shangri-La Plaza, Rizal Park – Open air Auditorium, FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo

‘Rien à foutre’ (Zero Fucks Given) | Belgium

Cassandra (26) is a flight attendant for a low-cost airline. Based in Lanzarote, she’s always willing to take on extra hours and carries out her duties with robotic efficiency. On the side, she just goes with the flow and floats between Tinder, parties and lazy days. When she suddenly gets dismissed, she is forced to return home. Will Cassandre find the force to confront what she was running away from?

Venues: Shangri-La Plaza, SM Cinema Cebu, FDCP Cinematheque Negros

‘Szelíd’ (Gentle) | Hungary, Germany

Edina, a female bodybuilder is ready to sacrifice everything for the dream she shares with her life partner and trainer Adam: to win the Miss Olympia. The odd love she finds on her way makes her see the difference between her dreams and her true self.

Venues: Rizal Park – Open Air Auditorium, FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo

‘The Cleaners’ | Germany

“The Cleaners” is a documentary about the work of so-called “Content Moderators.” In ten-hour shifts, they spend their working day searching for and deleting “forbidden feeds” such as excessive violence and child pornography on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Those moderators are fully exposed to the distressing content themselves. At the same time, the film shows how rapidly false news and hatred can gain influence and incite people when disseminated on social networks.

Venues: Shangri-La Plaza, Rizal Park – Open Air Auditorium, FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo

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