Pelíkula 2014 Spanish Film Festival in Manila

Pelíkula 2014: Spanish Film Festival in Manila

The much-awaited Spanish Film Festival is back!  Now in its 14th year in the Philippines, the Pelíkula 2014 Spanish Film Festival is set again to showcase this October the distinct flavor of Spanish films.  ¿No hablas español?  ¡No hay problema!  All the Spanish films have English subtitles so hispanohablantes and non-speakers alike would surely enjoy the wide range of genres that Pelíkula 2014 has to offer.

Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados

The eleven-day festival will start on October 9 with an invitation-only gala night at the Ayala Museum. After that, David Trueba’s highly-acclaimed film Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados (Living is Easy with Eyes Closed)** will have its inaugural screening. It has won several accolades including six Goya Awards such as Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best New Actress, and Best Original Score. It has also been selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, scheduled to take place in February 2015. Set in Spain in 1966, the comedy revolves around the road trip of three unlikely companions, starting with a professor’s quest to meet his idol John Lennon. The director himself will present the film to the general public on October 10 at 7:00pm, followed by an open forum after the screening.  An event you shouldn’t miss!

Not available that night?  Don’t worry!  A second showing of the film will be made on October 18 at 9:30pm for those who failed to catch it the first time.

Soldados de Salamina

David Trueba has two more films in this year’s festival: Soldados de Salamina (Soldiers of Salamina) and Madrid, 1987Soldados de Salamina is about a novelist in search for the truth of how a prisoner escaped during the final days of the Spanish Civil War.  Fans of the Mexican movie Y tu mamá también will get another glimpse of the famous Diego Luna in this film that received numerous nominations and awards.  Meanwhile, Madrid, 1987 is a story about an old journalist and a young student who found themselves trapped inside a bathroom for an entire weekend.  This film is considered as Trueba’s “finest and most original film.”

Other than Trueba’s dramas, three more heavy-weights are part of the film festival:

  • 10.000 noches en ninguna parte (Ramón Salazar, 2013)
  • Caníbal (Manuel Martín Cuenca, 2013)
  • Todas las mujeres (Mariano Barroso, 2013)

Aside from Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados, lots of comedies are part of the line up and at least one is sure to tickle your fancy.

  • La cebra (Fernando Javier León Rodríguez, 2011)
  • Bypass (Aitor Mazo & Patxo Tellería, 2012)***
  • La gran familia española (Daniel Sánchez-Arévalo, 2013)***
  • Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (Álex de la Iglesia, 2013)**
  • 2 francos, 40 pesetas (Carlos Iglesias, 2014)
  • Implacable (Carlos García Campillo, 2014)
  • La vida inesperada (Jorge Torregrosa, 2014)

Meanwhile, the 14th Spanish Film Festival will also feature several short films as well as documentaries like:

  • Bertsolari (Asier Altuna, 2011)
  • Espantapájaros (Ricardo del Conde, 2012)
  • Mapa (León Siminiani, 2012)
  • Azul intengible (Eréndia Valle, 2013)

Of course, there is something for everyone.  Although not necessarily fit for very young children, aficionados of animated movies would have something to watch out for, such as these couple of animations:

  • La revolución de Juan Escopeta (Jorge A. Estrada, 2011)
  • Las aventuras de Tadeo Jones (Enrique Gato, 2012)** – to be shown in English

***Highly recommended

The 2014 Spanish Film Festival will run from October 10-19, 2014 at the Cinema 1 of Greenbelt 3. Screening times will be at 4:30pm, 7:00pm and 9:30pm during weekdays.  Additional screening times are available on weekends: at 2:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays and midnight screenings on Fridays and Saturdays.  Each film is usually screened twice so if you miss a particular movie the first time, there’s still a chance to see it later.  Tickets are sold at the ticket counter and cost P100.00 each.

Pelikula 2014 Film Schedule


Somewhat like a yearly tradition, members of the audience will be asked to rate the films they have watched. These ratings will be the basis for the Audience Choice or Best Film of the Festival, to be shown on October 19 at 7pm. Meanwhile, successfully rating five films would qualify a member of the audience to join a raffle for the chance to win round-trip tickets to Madrid via Qatar Airways.  So, aside from getting your fill of Spanish movies at the Film Fest, not only do you get the chance to rub elbows with some Spanish VIPs but also the chance to go to Spain. ¡Qué guay!


Espantapájaros and Azul Intangibletwo documentaries scheduled for October 13 at 4:30 pm, will be shown for FREE!  And, Instituto Cervantes, the organizer of Pelikula 2014, is giving away two (2) Pelikula t-shirts to two lucky fanpage followers who’d reserve their seats for these documentaries via their fanpage.  Here is their announcement:


Another way to win the Pelikula t-shirts is by joining their photo contest.  Check out the mechanics here:


More updates!

The Audience Choice Award will be announced on October 18, 2014 at 12:00nn.  Entries submitted after that will still be included in the raffle, but the votes will no longer be considered.

Deadline of submissions for the raffle for the trip to Spain is on October 19, 2014.  The winner will be notified by Instituto Cervantes.

The Pelíkula 2014 Spanish Film Festival is made possible by: Instituto Cervantes en Manila, Embajada de España (Islas Filipinas), Film Development Council of the Philippines, Cine Ayala (Makati) / Ayala Cinemas (Makati), Embajada de México (Islas Filipinas), Ayala Museum, Greenbelt 3, Instituto Vasco Etxepare Euskal Institutua/Basque Institute, Emperador Distillery Inc., Fundación Vibal / Vibal Foundation, San Miguel Corporation, Qatar Airlines, Alba Restaurante Español, Espa-Fil import & export corporation and the New World Hotel.
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Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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