Cine Festival de Filipinas in Madrid Celebrates Filipino Culture and Artistry Through Films

Amb. Philippe J. Lhuillier shares a light talk with moviegoers during the closing ceremony of the Cine Festival de Filipinas held at Cine Paz in Madrid, Spain

The Philippine Embassy in Madrid, in coordination with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, held a closing ceremony at Cine Paz during the last day of its three-week long Cine Festival de Filipinas, held on three consecutive Sundays in the month of June (16, 21 and 30). 

The films enjoyed by the public were Bamboo Flowers (2013), Kanana Kanu (2012), Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok (2012), Ano ang Kulay ng Nakalimutang Pangarap (2013), Mamang (2018), Sonata (2013) and Tyanak (2014).

The selected films, which were directed by renowned Filipino directors such as Peque Gallaga, Maryo J. Delos Reyes, Jose Javier Reyes, among others, were chosen for their portrayal of Filipino values and culture, as well as for featuring rural Philippine landscapes.

The Festival forms part of the Embassy’s commemoration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day through a Mes Filipina (Philippine Month). It was also intended to reconnect the Filipino Community with their roots through the screening of films featuring different PH provinces, and to allow the Filipino Community to introduce their culture to their Spanish friends and family members.

Embassy poster for the Cine Festival de Filipinas