Cine Europa 21: An ironic view on Belgian nostalgia and intergenerational conflicts

October 15, 2018

A nostalgic, yet ironic glimpse of the disappearing past will be the highlight of the Belgian entries in this year’s featured films in Cine Europa.
European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen said that this is the 7thtime that Cine Europa travels to Iloilo City.
Iloilo Bloggers Inc with the KIngdom of Belgium Ambassador  Mr. Michel Goffin

Cine Europa runs from 9 to 14 October 2018 in SM City Iloilo and Cinematheque in Iloilo City, with28 movies from Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark,France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UnitedKingdom and Norway. The presence of three Belgian movies, Allez Eddy, GroentenuitBalen and Enamont dufleuvein the festival mirrors Belgium’s cultural diversity and its dynamic film-making tradition. 
The comedy film Allez Eddyputs forward the Belgian heritage of cycling, particularly in Flanders, as it features the vibrant journey of an 11-year-old child in meeting his idol Eddy Merckx, fourfold winner of the Tour de France. The film reflects family and community values and the fascinating relationship of parents to their child.
GroentenuitBalen (Germaine) also celebrates the role of youth in society, as well as solidarity among workers and between social classes. It explores the economic crisis of the 70’s and the beginning of globalization in Belgium. Even though the story happened a while ago, the questions of community and loyalty still resonate today. The film is based on a true story and a theatre play written by famous author Walter van den Broeck. 
If the Flemish films draw our attention to the complex relations of youth, family and community,Enamont du fleuveis more introspective and concentrates on a search for individual identity in a natural landscape devoid of cultural references. This film represents an excitingjourney of two brothers and at the same time a psychological adventure, that echoes a longing for well-being and harmony. Itmight symbolise an escape from the restlessness of modern life in a highly urbanised country.

With the new initiative to bring the film festival to the Visayas region, the Embassy of Belgium hopes that the event will encourage a wider audience to discover commonalities between peoples sharing a similar past and confronting similar challenges.
The festival is presented by the EU Delegation to the Philippines and the 15 EU member states embassies in Manila together with their cultural institutes; Alliance Francaise in Manila, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, and the Philippine - Italian Association.
Cine Europa has earned a niche among film enthusiasts in the country because of its strong
collaboration with local partners, including the Film Development Council of the Philippines, SM Supermalls,  Arts Council of Cebu, Ayala Center in Cebu, Shangri-La Plaza,, the Ateneo De Naga, University of the Philippines- Visayas in Tacloban, the Visayas State University in Baybay Leyte and the Provincial Government of Palawan and Palawan State University. 

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