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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Pulumbarit

'Cine Europa' film festival in PH goes online Oct. 30-Nov. 30

An online edition of "Cine Europa," the European film festival in the Philippines, will run from October 30 to November 30 this year.

The festival usually travels to Philippine cities and provinces but had to be mounted on the digital platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines together with the EU member states and EU cultural institutes together with the Embassy of Switzerland.

On its website, Cine Europa said interested viewers can watch the critically acclaimed European films for free. "Just register online (, pick the films you want to watch and you will receive links in your emails on the day of your chosen movie," it said.

On Facebook, Instituto Cervantes said the film fest will showcase 19 films, including the Spanish animated film "Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles" by Salvador Simó. This movie will be shown on November 1, 8, 15 and 23.

The movie, released in 2019, is a drama set in 1930 when Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel were the principal figures of the surrealist movement. Buñuel faced great difficulty after controversial premier of his movie "L'Age d'Or" (The Golden Age) about the sexual mores of the upper middle class and the values of the Catholic Church.

Then the movie follows Buñuel as he undertakes a new film project about Extremadura, one of the poorest regions of Spain. The 1933 film, "Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan" (Land Without Bread), was funded by his friend Ramon Acin, who had won in a lottery.

For more information about "Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles" and the other films featured in the festival, please visit

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