Instituto Cervantes screens foreign films for free

Elsa and Fred are two souls who find comfort and happiness with each other in their old age.

Instituto Cervantes, Spain's cultural organization in the Philippines, is giving a free screening of Spanish movies with English subtitles every Saturday (4 PM and 6:30 PM) at the Instituto Cervantes Salón de Actos in Ermita, Manila.

Coming up in January are three films to be screened at the clubhouse patio at 6 p.m.:

• January 13: Iberia (2005), directed by Carlos Saura. Inspired by the suite of Isaac Albéniz Iberia, Carlos Saura's latest work is a documentary that integrates the elements of a musical. It narrates by means of dance the spirit of performing artists, such as Spanish flamenco stars Sara Baras, Aída Gómez, and Antonio Canales.

• January 20: Elsa y Fred (2005), directed by Marcos Carnevale. Elsa is 82 years old, Fred is a slightly younger widower, and they celebrate the love that that took so long to arrive, with Elsa bursting into Fred's life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live is precious and that he should enjoy it.


• January 27: Solas (1999), directed by Benito Zambrano. A pregnant girl (abandoned by her boyfriend), her mother, and a reclusive neighbor are three lost souls trying to give each other the strength to start over.

Free admission.

Venue: Instituto Cervantes, 855 Kalaw St., 1000 Ermita, Manila

Screening: January 13, January 20, January 27 (4 PM and 6:30 PM)

For inquiries, call Instituto Cervantes at 526-1282.


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