Organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, Pelicula/Pelikulais considered the biggest showcase of Spanish and Latin American films inSoutheast Asia.
This year, the organizers present two importantclassics: the short films of world cinema pioneer Segundo de Chomón, as well asLos últimos de Filipinas.
Spanish film pioneer De Chomón spent most of his influentialcareer in being associated with Pathé Laboratories. He started working in Barcelona'sfilm industry in 1902 and is considered one of cinema's first great masters ofoptical effects.
Antonio Román's 1945 film Los últimos deFilipinas is set during the Spanish-American War.The commandant of a Spanish detachment in Baler, Quezon province, realizes thatthe native people of his district are planning an insurrection. He orders histroops to seek refuge in the village church. During their stay, which isprolonged for nearly a year, several incidents show the tenacityand heroism of the Spanish soldiers.
The Spanish film fest is expected to showcase 21 films in 14 days this month at Greenbelt3. Around 14,000 viewersparticipated in Pelicula/Pelikula last year. Moviegoers will beable to vote for the Best Film of the Festival. The Audience Choice Film willbe shown again at the closing of the Festival on October 14, 7:00 p.m.
Thiscultural event is just one part of the annual Fiesta! Festival CulturalEspañol. This year, as in the past six years, Instituto Cervantes deManila brings you a fine selection of the latest Spanish culturalproductions across numerous fields and disciplines—ranging fromphotography, film and theater, to dance, cuisine, and literature.
Otherscheduled events for the ¡Fiesta! are:
Music and Dance in the Royal Court, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.at the RCBC Plaza Auditorium.This is a production of the Formacion de Camara Almodis where the music ofLuigi Bocherini is combined with a scene of castanets and Spanish classicalballet of the 18th century. Free entrance. RSVP 0928-4375150 (Lourdes).
Yo solo quiero caminar, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). This is Spanish choreographer AlbertoHetos' latest modern dance piece. For details call Isabel at 526-1447.
Spanish guitarist Miguel Trapaga presents his personal journey of 200years of Spanish classical music that includes compositions by Dionisio Aguado,Fernando Sor, Federico Moreno Torroba and Jose Manuel Fernandez on Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the RCBC Plaza Auditorium.Free entrance. For reservations call 526-1447.
Homenaje a Andres Segovia, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.,Salon de Actos of the Instituto Cervantes. In this concert, Mr. Trapaga paystribute to the legacy of Andres Segovia by playing some of his most familiarpieces. Free entrance. RSVP 0928-437-5150 (Lourdes).
Flamenco: Grupo de Baile Flamenco de David Perez Almagro, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.,at the RCBC Auditorium.Mr. Almagro will be accompanied by Rosario Villar Amador and Rocio del ConsueloPalacios for dance and voice, Jose David Acedo on guitar and Francisco JavierTeruel on palma.
DWOMO, Oct. 27, 9 p.m., at the InstitutoCervantes. Thestory of how DWOMO came to be is just as special as its music. The group hasnothing to do with futile marketing tactics disguised as modern, nor withpassing trends. They make a "cosmic cocktail" blended with globalvision. DWOMO is composed of Jorge Loran Martin-Fabiani and Antonio J. IglesiasZurita, two gentlemen from Madrid who love sound and create musical artifacts.Their songs have a dose of techno and rock with a cosmopolitan soul.
Pelicula/Pelikula screeningdates: October 1 to 14, 2007
Venue: Greenbelt 3,Cinema 2
For inquiries, please call Instituto Cervantes at 5261482 to85. To view screening schedules of Pelicula/Pelikula, visit http://manila.cervantes.es/Pelikula2007.htm