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Instituto Cervantes Manila to feature award-winning Spanish films in November

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

The Instituto Cervantes will feature award-winning films via "New Cinephilias Online" this November.

The project is a collaboration among Instituto Cervantes, a worldwide nonprofit organization created by the Spanish government; Festival de Sevilla, and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines.

The films will be shown through the Vimeo channel of Instituto Cervantes. Each film will be available on that channel for 48 hours from the time they began to be shown.

The line-up is composed of award-winning films such as:

  • "Niñato" (Kid), the documentary awarded as the Best Film during the 19th BAFICI - Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival), and directed by Adrián Orr;

  • Idrissa, crònica d´una mort qualsevol (Idrissa, Chronicle of an Ordinary Death), a documentary directed by Xavier Artigas;

  • "Ver a una mujer" (To See a Woman), a film by Mònica Rovira;

  • "A estación violenta (The Wild Season), a film by Anxos Fazáns, and

  • "Xapo Ortega," nominated to the XII Premios Gaudí (Guadí Awards) and the 15th Festival de Sevilla de cine europeo (Seville European Film Festival).

In a news release, Instituto Cervantes said, "These films are creations of filmmakers who sought to express themselves with new paradigms and who benefited from the freedom offered by the digital revolution."

"Niñato" (2017) will kick off the film cycle on November 7, Saturday, at 3:00 a.m. in Manila (November 6, Friday, at 8:00 p.m. in Madrid). It will be available for 48 hours on Instituto Cervantes's Vimeo channel until November 9, Monday, at 3:00 a.m.

Orr's "Niñato" is about young and jobless rapper David Ransanz. He raises a three year old as he lives with his mother in the suburbs of Madrid. He holds on to his musical dreams despite his difficult situation in life.

Meanwhile, the other films scheduled to be shown as part of "New Cinephilias Online" are:

November 14 (3:00 a.m. in Manila):

Rovira's "Ver a una mujer" (To See a Woman, 2017) that explores the director's relationship with her first female love, Sarai;

November 21 (3:00 a.m. in Manila)

Anxos Fazáns' "A estación violenta" (The Wild Season, 2018), adapted from a novel by Manuel Jabois and described by Instituto Cervantes as a movie about "silent loves, broken complicities, and mutual mistrust;

November 28 (3:00 a.m. Manila time)

Xavier Artigas and Xapo Ortega's documentary "Idrissa, crònica d´una mort qualsevol" (Idrissa, Chronicle of an Ordinary Death, 2019), about the Spanish legal system and the difficulty of investigating the death of a 21-year-old Guinean.

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