Wednesday, March 3, 2010

european films at instituto cervantes this march

every saturday, instituto cervantes has free film showings that are open to the public. here is this month's film line-up:

6 march, 6pm
la conjura de el escorial (the el escorial conspiracy)

in english with spanish subtitles
director: antonio del real
cast: Juanjo Puigcorbé, Jason Isaacs, Julia Ormond, Jürgen Prochnow, Joaquim de Almeida, Jordi Mollà, Blanca Jara, Pilar Bastardés

A fast-paced historical thriller with political and detective intrigues in the context of the struggles between the House of Alba and its followers on one hand and the House of Mendoza with Antonio Pérez and the Princess of Eboli on the other. On the night of Easter Monday 1578 some hired killers ambushed Juan de Escobedo, killing him…. A historical film based on an actual event in which power and death conspire at the court of Philip II.

13 march, 6pm
arritmia (guantanamero)
in spanish with english subtitles
director: vicente peñarrocha
cast: Nicolás Belmonte, Mohamed Chafik, Rupert Evans, Ismael de Diego, Derek Jacobi, Ako Chávarri, Said El Mouden, Carolina Chico Hernández

Ali is an Arab prisoner in Guantanamo that manages to escape of its sentence in a dream that takes to discover a completely new city for him. In his trip, Ali will know Manuela, a Cuban dancer; she will help him to know that strange but frightening beautiful city. After a serious event, Ali will leave his dream and will discover that nothing is what it seems.

20 march, 6pm
in spanish with english subtitles
director: brad anderson
cast: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega, Thomas Kretschmann, Ben Kingsley, Colin Stinton, Mac McDonald, Etienne Chicot

Transsiberian an uncommonly absorbing experience. One of those legendary train trips that people used to dream about taking, the Transsiberian Express has probably seen better days. An american couple, Roy and Jessie, decide to return home the long way from their recent sojourn in Pekin and meet another couple from the West, Carlos and Abby, with whom they quickly form that tenous bond that often unites fellow travellers away from home. When Roy gets separated from the train at a stopover, Jessie begins to realize that their compatriots arenŽt exactly who or what they seem to be. But the real dangers of their unforgettable trip have only begun to surface; Russian cops, mobsters, and locals are still to come.

27 march, 6pm
la caja (the wooden box)
in spanish with english subtitles
director: juan carlos falcón
cast: Ángela Molina, Elvira Mínguez, Vladimir Cruz, María Galiana, Antonia San Juan, María Galiana, Joan Dalmau, Manuel Manquiña

In a fishing village in the Canary Islands, the hated Don Lucio suddenly dies and his wife doesn’t have room in her house to keep a vigil over the body so her neighbour Isabel takes responsibility for the body, and while the widow forgets her sorrows, all the neighbours visit the body laid at rest to settle old scores with the deceased. Rest in peace Don Lucio …… if you can.

venue information:
instituto cervantes de manila
address:855 t.m. kalaw street, ermita, manila
transportation: take the LRT and get off at United Nations
phone number: 526-1482
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