Text and photos by Cine Europa
Women have long struggled to make their mark in history.
In this year’s Cine Europa, the persevering spirit, strength and women empowerment are prominent in at least five films: “She is the other Gaze” (Austria); “Women on the Run” (Czechia); “Let the Girls play” (France); “The Conductor” (Netherlands); and “And then we danced” (Sweden).
Women have shown the world what they can do beyond their nurturing character. Filmmaker Christiana Perschon in the film “She is the other gaze” has allowed women born between 1936 and 1943 to share their narratives in patriarchal structures in societies and families. What is striking in this film is the passion and positivity of the protagonists.
Meanwhile, “Women on the Run” from Czechia delineates the story of how Věra has become determined to fulfill the last wish of Jindřich, who was to run a marathon. She and her daughters would split up the route into four parts, to overcome the over 42-kilometer-long challenge as a family relay team. But life, just like the race, can be full of surprises.
“Women on the Run” is about not giving up in life and striving all the more when the finish line is within reach.
“The Conductor” is based on the true story of the Dutch born Antonia Brico who was the world’s first woman who successfully conducted a large symphony orchestra in the 1920s.
An endearing coming-of-age film amidst the conservative modern Tbilisi, “And then we danced” from Sweden features, Merab a competitive dancer who is challenged by the arrival of Irakli, another male dancer with rebellious streak.
Football is also for girls, as the French comic film “Let the girls play” by Julien Hallard will show how every girl can play as well as the boys.
These films are however not envisioned just for women but for men so that both can relive history, and at the same time, either challenge or appreciate or simply understand more the current structures of today’s societies. You just have to see for yourselves.
Cine Europa has always tried its best to gain a niche among the moviegoing public from the Philippines by providing a wide array of films to choose from.
No wonder, Cine Europa is Europe’s biggest and most exciting film festival which is ongoing until the end of this month.
Nineteen films including these “women’s films” from 20 European countries are accessible right at the flick of your fingertips upon signing up at www.cineeuropaph.com.
This year’s films come from Festival Scope, the EU’s library of quality films, which complements films from the European embassies in Manila.
The films are presented by the EU Delegation, the European Union member states embassies and Embassy of Switzerland, cultural institutes including Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes Manila, and the Philippine-Italian Association.
Cine Europa continues with its educational component as professional speakers are expected to share and engage with Filipino cinephiles in various subjects ranging from directing, producing and promoting film masterpieces.
You still have until end of November to sign up on www.cineeuropaph.com and stay tuned for updates and trivia games at Cine Europa’s social media channels in Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Posters of Cine Europa films may be accessed at: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1k42nIbglHU0Ybjv_NO9Yk9zkmXthl388
Other details are available at www.cineeuropaph.com.