Today, September 23, Liceo de Cagayan University opens its doors once again as it welcomes movie buffs to the 2011 Cine Europa film festival. This is the fourth year that Rodelsa and Liceo U are hosting the Mindanao leg of the prestigious film festival. This year, 16 exceptional films from various European Union countries will be shown to Kagay-anons, for free, on a  first come-first served basis.

Some of the films to watch out for include Austria’s The Little Robbers (Friday, Sept. 23, 7pm), Sweden’s Mammoth (Friday, Sept, 23, 10pm), Bulgaria’s Letter to America (Saturday, Sept. 24, 10pm) and Spain’s Intact, which will be shown on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3pm.

The 2011 Cine Europa film festival kicked off with the showing of 19 films at Shang Cinema, Mandaluyong City for the Manila leg of the tour. European Union films are also currently being shown in Cebu City.

Last year, my friends and I were given tickets to a number of extraordinarily good films at the 13th Cine Europa. Those that left the best impressions on us include Spain’s Mad Love (which tells the story of Queen Juana), Belgium’s The Barons (an excellent – and funny – film about laziness and how it can turn one’s life around) and Czech Republic’s Empties ( a poignant tale about finding the meaning of love and life past retirement age).

This year’s line up of films is interesting and we’re raring to feel the thrill again of that Cine Europa experience. So if you love the movies and would like to be transported to different worlds, join us at the 14th Cine Europa at Rodelsa. Again, tickets are free and on a first come, first served basis; so you should go early to get the best seats. To view the complete film schedule for the 3-day film festival, click this link.

See you at the movies, fellow Kagay-anons!

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