MANILA -- Filipinos can now embark on a European movie marathon with the Cine Europa 22nd edition screening publicly this Friday at Greenbelt 3, Makati.

The films, selected to highlight the cultural diversity of Europe as well as the values of love, triumph, faith, and equality, will be shown from September 20 to 24. This year, a special screening will also be held in Bohol from October 12 to 12 in addition to Cebu; Baybay, Leyte and Iloilo.

The featured films are from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Norway. Nicolas Galey, who introduced France's feature film at the fest, said cinema has proven to be the ideal medium for cultural promotion.

"The Filipinos, like the French, go to the movies to watch the latest releases. Indeed, it is one passion that we share, and worth celebrating together especially on this 100 years of Philippine cinema," he said.

CINE EUROPA 2019. The films highlight the cultural diversity of Europe as well as the values of love, triumph, faith, and equality. This year, a special screening will be also held in Bohol from October 11 to 12 in addition to Cebu; Baybay, Leyte and Iloilo. (Infographic courtesy of EU in PH)

Through Cine Europa, Galey said Filipino viewers can appreciate that their culture is "deeply rooted in European society, a culture of peace and strong family values."

France's movie at the Cine Europa this year is entitled Tour de France, which features contemporary French society.

Inspiring creative industries

Meanwhile, EU Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Thomas Wiersing said they also want to use Cine Europa to inspire creative industries in the Philippines as well as EU-member states to explore initiatives for film production. Last year, the number of Cine Europa patrons already reached 25,000.

"Many Filipinos have won awards in international film festivals including those in Europe. The film industry is said to employ hundreds of thousands of Filipinos. The Eu collectively employs 7 million people in cultural and creative industries," he said.

"The 22 years of Cine Europa are enough proof of our shared love and attention for the cinemas. Together let us work to nurture our creative industries," he noted. (PNA)