Película presents 30 of the best films in Spanish cinema

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Spanish actress Maribel Verdú, who starred in Y tu mamá también (2001) and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), will present two of her films on October 9.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The 2015 Película-Pelikula, an annual Spanish film festival, will feature 30 films representing the best of contemporary Spanish cinema from October 8 to 18 at the Greenbelt 3 theaters.

The festival is presented by the Instituto Cervantes de Manila, which started it in 2002, along with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and the Intramuros Administration.

In its announcement on Sunday (October 4), Instituto Cervantes said the two-week event is "the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia."

Foreign filmmakers to attend

Following tradition, foreign filmmakers will attend the festival.

Among them is Spanish actress Maribel Verdú, who will present two of her films on October 9, at 7 p.m. She will have an open forum after the screenings.

Verdú, born in Madrid on October 2, 1970, has worked with some of the best directors in Spanish cinema, among them José Luis Garci in Canción de cuna, Bigas Luna in Huevos de oro, Fernando Trueba in the Academy Award-winning film Belle Époque (1992), Carlos Saura in Goya en Burdeos, and Gonzalo Suárez in Oviedo Express.

Her international career hit a high point when she starred in Y tu mamá también (2001) by Alfonso Cuarón, followed by Pan's Labyrinth (2006) by Guillermo del Toro.

Verdú also worked with Francis Ford Coppola in Tetro (2009).

She was nominated seven times for the Goya Awards, finally receiving named Best Actress on her fifth nomination for her role in Siete mesas de billar francés (2007).

On October 12, at 9:30 p.m., Spanish journalist Ramón Vilaró will present his film, De aliados a masacrados (2014), a documentary about how the Filipino-Spanish population of Manila was decimated in World War II during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.

On the following day, Czech filmmaker Lenka Knywill will present her comedy Milagro en Praga (2013). She will also have an open forum after the screening.

The romantic comedy film is about two families, a Mexican family and a Czech family, who cross paths in Prague during the Christmas holidays.

The screening is co-presented by the Embassy of Mexico and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

The lineup of films shows a range of genres, including romance and comedy (Ocho apellidos vascos, Tres bodas de más, and Gente en sitios), documentary (Paco de Lucía and La plaga), suspense (Relatos salvajes), and drama (Hermosa juventud and Artico).

Audience Choice Award

The festival will move on to in Intramuros, from October 19 to 25, during which an exhibit entitled “Spanish Cinema in 20 Posters” will be displayed at the NCCA Building, alongside the film screenings.

The second leg of the festival is made possible by Intramuros Administration and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

With the collaboration of the FDCP, the festival will travel to four cities outside Metro Manila — Baguio, Iloilo, Zamboanga, and Davao — to present a selection of films shown in the Manila leg.

As in every edition of the festival, viewers will get to cast their votes for the Audience Choice Award.

During the 18-day festival, viewers will be given stubs with which they can rate the movies they have seen.

For every five movies, each viewer will be qualified to join the raffle, the prizes of include a round-trip ticket to Spain.

For the schedule of films and other information, visit the official website of Instituto Cervantes de Manila or its Facebook page.