Cinematheque Zambo launches Euro filmfest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:31

The Cinematheque Zamboanga will be giving Zamboangueños a taste of acclaimed foreign-language films as it hosts the launch of the Cine Europa Film Festival today.

Organized and made possible by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with the European Union in the Philippines, the launch of the film festival, dubbed Cine Europa 17, will be highlighted with the screening of the Swiss film entitled L’Enfant D’en Haut (Sister) by director and screenwriter Ursula Meier at the Cinematheque this afternoon.

Gracing the festival launch and reception are Mr. Raoul Imbach, deputy head of mission of the Embassy of Switzerland to the Philippines, and Mr. Teodoro C. Granados, executive director of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Cine Europa will be featuring a total of 23 acclaimed European films in different FDCP cinematheques in Baguio, Iloilo, Davao, and Zamboanga. Now on its 17th year, the film festival focuses on the Family as its theme, with the intention of finding a universal language that can bind people together despite differences in culture.

The Cinematheque Zamboanga is part of the Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema program of the FDCP and is intended to be an alternative and accessible venue for the screening of classic and contemporary Filipino films, and of recognized foreign films.

With a seating capacity of 160, the Cinematheque Zamboanga is also the biggest of the FDCP’s film-showing facilities to date.

It was officially inaugurated last February 2014.

Cinematheque Zamboanga is located at Legionnaire Road, Zone 4 just beside the newly-constructed City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office building. — Jasmine Mohammadsali