‘El cover’ opens the PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival today, Oct 1
Twenty films to be shown for free will highlight the 20th edition of PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival starting Friday, Oct. 1 to Oct 10, which will open with “El Cover,” actor Secun de la Rosa’s debut film.
“El cover” is a musical comedy depicting the life of Dani (Àlex Monner) who is an aspiring singer but is afraid to fail like his father. One summer, he meets Sandra (Marina Salas) and with her, he discovers how to love, the struggle of anonymous singers, and how to make his dreams into reality.
Aside from this opening film, the Instituto Cervantes de Manila will be treating movie enthusiasts to a selection of 4 short films and 15 other contemporary Spanish and Latin American feature films. All of them will be available for free streaming with English subtitles at www.pelikula.es within 48 hours from their scheduled release.
This year, PELÍCULA has also expanded to the Asia-Pacific region which makes the films available in Thailand, Australia, and Malaysia, and the Philippines.
On October 2, “Campeones” (Javier Fesser, 2018), “Aninsri daeng” (Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke, 2020), and “A este lado del mundo” (David Trueba, 2020) will be shown. They will be followed by “Una vez más” (Guillermo Rojas, 2019), “Tarang” (Arvin Belarmino, 2020), and “Lina de Lima” (María Paz González, 2019) the next day.
“Groundhog Night” (Genevieve Clay-Smith, 2020) and “Observar las aves” (Andrea Martínez Crowther, 2019) will play on October 4, while “Invisibles” (Gracia Querejeta, 2020), “A la cara” (Javier Marco, 2020), and “Tristesse” (Ruiz Barrachina, 2020) on October 5.
On October 6, “Oscuro y Lucientes” (Samuel Alarcón, 2018) and “15 Horas” (Judith Colell, 2021) are set, while the lone scheduled film on the 7th is “Ane” (David Pérez Sañudo, 2020).
On the other hand, “Antonio Machado. Los días azules” (Laura Hojman, 2020) and “Fuera de carta” (Nacho Velilla, 2008) will be featured on October 8, and “El secreto de sus ojos” (Juan José Campanella, 2009) and “También la lluvia” (Icíar Bollaín, 2010) the following day.
The festival will conclude with “Un cuento chino” (Sebastián Borensztein, 2011) and the winning film for the Audience Choice Awards which will be re-screened on October 10, at 6 p.m.
PELÍCULA will also hold free webinars and online talks with the directors and industry workers of the films presented. The first leg will be on October 4 which is a round-table discussion on the possibilities of co-production of Asian films in Europe and Spanish films in Asia. On October 7, the webinar “En corto: Short films in the Philippines, Thailand, Australia and Spain” will feature four short films from these countries, along with an online discussion among the directors.