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Monday, October 16, 2017

Reality of One Man's Sexuality Explored in Adolf Alix's (Jr.)  Acclaimed “4 DAYS” Exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas –  Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma

 
Adolf Alix Jr.’s LGBT themed film “4 Days” starring indie actor Mikoy Morales and Sebastian Castro that made its debut at the 2016 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival will now screen at exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma starting October 18.  

4 Days” takes on the struggles of a gay relationship in times of confusion, curiosity and whether to stay inside or come out of the closet.  The movie is not the highly typical gay love story where boy meets boy and falls in love, it goes through the downfall of questioning the reality of one man’s own sexuality,  whether or not to choose a woman because of societal culture or to accept the fact that it is okay to love a man even if you’re a man yourself.

 
A showcase of the brilliance and bold directing style of Adolfo Alix Jr. who started his career in TV but is now making his name in the world of films,  “4 Days”  is an affecting and delicate take on wrestling with one’s own demons and finding one’s true self and love.

Alongside “4 Days” is the short film “Kinabukasan”, also directed by Adolf Alix Jr. that will play before the full feature film that includes Superstar Nora Aunor with Alden Richards.  Also an acclaimed work of the director, the short film tells the story of a lover and a son who meet a day after losing the person they loved the most.

  Check and log on at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ www.sureseats.com for schedule and advanced ticket purchase of “4 Days.”


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“HAPPY DEATH DAY” Opens at No.1 in US, Scares Up $26.5-M

It's celebration time for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse's Happy Death Day as the new suspense-thriller opened at No.1 in North America this weekend October 6-8, with $26.5 million from 3,149 locations.

(Check out the film's new spots below and watch Happy Death Day in Philippine cinemas October 18.)





A horror spin on Groundhog Day, Happy Death Day centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell.

The film, which earned a B CinemaScore, particularly appealed to female and younger moviegoers — the audience was split 54% female, as opposed to 46% male, and 63% was under age 25. The release date was pegged to Friday the 13th and the weeks leading up to Halloween.

 
We’re obviously thrilled with the release,” said Universal’s executive VP of domestic distribution Jim Orr. “It’s an original, scary, and exciting twist on the genre,” he added, pointing to the studio’s successful partnership with Blumhouse. “They bring a lot more to the table than the standard genre fare.”

Earlier this year in January, Blumhouse’s Split opened to a monster $40 million in January, and went on to earn $278.3 million worldwide. Then, the next month, Get Out was a smash hit as well with a $33.4 million opening and $253.1 million in global grosses by the end of its run. The production house is also responsible for the hugely profitable Purge and Paranormal Activity franchises.

Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Bad Genius: Movie Review


By: Matt Suzara

Last Saturday, we had an opportunity not only to watch Bad Genius in advance, but we also had the chance to catch Non (Chanon Santinatornkul) and James (Teeradon Supapunpinyo), who visited our country to promote their film. I was amazed that the stars have a huge fan base here in our country, and they are so excited for their Filipino fans to watch their masterpiece and experience what the buzz is all about.


Lynn (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying) is a straight-A student who wishes to enter an elite school and with her high grades, the school grants her a scholarship. However, when her friend Grace (Eisaya Hosuwan) asked for help on their exam; her action leads to a decision that would change her life forever. Soon, Lynn uses her talent in order to earn some small cash but later discovers that she could make more money from what she is doing.


Bad Genius is just simply impressive from start to end as the film gave the audience a Thai film to remember for this year. It was flawless throughout as the film definitely hit the right notes in delivering an exciting heist thriller. The movie didn't have a single dull moment and absolutely gave us a stressful but fun and enjoyable cinematic experience. Director Nattawut Poonpiriya provides an effective storytelling and knows how to rise up the tension in suspenseful sequences. It's a job well done for him and his whole team for bringing in an electrifying fast-paced film that offers wit and visceral thrills.


Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying leads a charming and admirable cast that knows how to deliver the goods in outstanding passion. It is her first screen role, but it doesn't show that she is a newbie in acting. She is just oozing with talent, and I am really excited to see more of her in the future.  The boys also did a great job with Non and James both leaving a mark in their respective roles. Non keeps up with Chutimon's Lynn and creates a spark between their characters that easily hooked the audience. James, on the other hand, shows that he can handle his role well, and he can also throw in some comedic touches in his performance. 



Overall, Bad Genius is a smartly written, breathtaking and gloriously cast. It is a slick film that is highly-recommended to be seen on the big screen. It definitely one of the Best films we've watched this year! 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Chanon Santinatornkul, Teeradon Supapunpinyo

Directed by: Nattawut Poonpiriya
Distributed by: Silverline Multimedia Inc. 
Opens October 18 in cinemas nationwide

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

“JUSTICE LEAGUE” Unleashes Arthur Curry Aka Aquaman Video



MANILA, October 13, 2017 – Half man, half Atlantean. Find out more about the rightful King of Atlantis in the new Justice League featurette titled “Arthur Curry aka Aquaman” which has just been launched by Warner Bros.

Check out the featurette below and watch Justice League in Philippine cinemas Nov. 16.


Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League features Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa).

  Justice League is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.




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20TH Century Fox Unleashes “THE NEW MUTANTS” First Trailer


20th Century Fox finally released the first trailer of “The New Mutants” directed by Josh Boone that will open in Philippine cinemas on April 11, 2018.

The story of the “The New Mutants” revolves around a team of mutant heroes comprised of the first graduates from Charles Xavier’s school.  The exciting new movie stars  Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie/ Cannonball, Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa / Sunspot, and Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage.

In recent news, Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox shared, “New Mutants” is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers. It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a “Breakfast Club” detention/“Cuckoo’s Nest” institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside. The genre is like a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers. We haven’t seen it as a superhero movie whose genre is more like “The Shining” than “we’re teenagers let’s save the world.”

Additionally, Anya Taylor-Joy reassured fans in recent interviews, “I think the nicest thing about it is that Josh Boone, our director -- he's just such a fan of the comics, and he really loves them so much that he's really interested in just making sure that we do the comics justice for the people that love the characters. You know, we all feel so lucky to be such incredibly loved characters. So, while it's definitely a departure from the X-Men movies, the fans won't be disappointed. We definitely kept all the important bits in there.”

Check out "The New Mutants"  trailer below: 
 
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Brad’s Status: A Tribute to Fathers, Family, and Friendship

In getting the inspiration for Brad’s Status’ screenplay, writer-director Mike White shares his thoughts on family, relationships, social media, and fears as one grows old in this Director’s Statement:

 
I wanted to write something to tell my father I love him and think he is a success, even though he feels like he never lived up to his expectations for himself. I also saw with him that the relationship one has with the world (status) can be as important (or more) as the relationship one has to family, partners, friends. I see that in myself in that---like Brad---I’m always having this running commentary in my head, comparing myself to others and the success I perceive they have — and I’m always either building myself up or tearing myself down.”

I thought movies rarely tackle this aspect of our lives in a relatable way. How our thoughts about ourselves cannibalize most of our time. And how much we feel is on the line all the time.”

 
I also wanted to write about comparative anxiety in the culture at large. How we aren’t only keeping up with the Joneses, but are keeping up with the Kardashians; through TV and social media we are seeing the lifestyles of millionaires and billionaires and how it creates this sense of lack and envy.  Everyone seems to be winning the lottery around us. And how in our consumer capitalist culture this desire to live these extreme lifestyles can be both personally painful and globally destructive.”

Lastly, after writing Year of the Dog, Enlightened, and Beatriz at Dinner with female protagonists, I wanted to write a movie about men and their discontents, to do the midlife male crisis movie honestly — with some satirical teeth — but also compassion.”

 
Brad’s Status tells the story of Brad (Ben Stiller) who has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his sweet-natured wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), and their musical prodigy son, Troy (Austin Abrams). But it’s not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can’t help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends: a Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge-fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen). As he imagines their wealthy, glamorous lives, he wonders if cozy middle-class domesticity is the best he will ever achieve. But when circumstances force him to reconnect with his former friends, Brad begins to question whether he has really failed or if, in some essential ways, their lives are more flawed than they appear.

  Distributed by Solar Pictures, have a taste of bittersweet comedy BRAD’S STATUS in cinemas beginning October 18. For more updates, follow @SolarPicturesPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Geostorm: Movie Review


By: Matt Suzara

Government leaders all across the globe unite and create the Dutch Boy program to prevent climate change that endangers the world. This program consists of satellites to prevent major natural disasters from happening in our planet. However, when one of the satellites went berserk, two estranged brothers (Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess) are forced to work together and solve the problem before a Geostorm hit and destroy mankind.


Geostorm is another disaster flick we tend to get in our cinemas each year. The visuals are pretty decent as the studio gave the film to spend a big budget under its name. The film also has a pretty ridiculous premise at stake, but it all boils down whether you get entertained or not. I can say that the film is stuffed with exciting bits even its a little predictable and cliched. The whole brother thing was a bit cheesy and not necessarily needed, but they still managed to pull it through even with an awkward chemistry between Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess.


There is no other way to enjoy the film but to limit yourself from expecting too much. There are plenty of decent scene,s especially when it comes to destroying different cities with hard-hitting disasters killing peoples like ants. However, some scenes are a bit excessive, especially on the car chase part.


Gerard Butler is back not just by saving the president but the entire world. He still got a lot of gas in the tank and can still lead a bombastic film under his name. It is good that Butler is surrounded with an equally great set of supporting cast to back him up. Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Andy Garcia and Ed Harris all have done their parts efficiently.


Overall, Geostorm is an entertaining popcorn flick. It is still best to be seen on the big screen for a full reel time experience. It may not be as great as San Andreas or The Day After Tomorrow but if you did enjoy those films; there is no reason for you to miss this.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6 out of 10 stars

Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abiie Cornish

Directed by: Dean Devlin
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

College Girl Makes Every Death Count in “HAPPY DEATH DAY”

 
She made waves despite a brief but memorable supporting role opposite Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the Oscar-winning La La Land. Now, star-on-the-rise Jessica Rothe lands the lead role in Universal Pictures' new suspense-thriller Happy Death Day (in Philippine cinemas Oct. 18).

In the film, Rothe plays a college student named Tree Gelbman who relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

When Tree is woken up by her cell phone ringing at the beginning of the story, the audience quickly discovers that it is her birthday. She is not thrilled about it being her special day, and is dodging her father’s phone calls…for reasons that will soon allow for character sympathy. It quickly becomes clear that she is not a nice person—and one that has many enemies that might be interested in her vanishing.

 
Director Christopher Landon sets up her personality: “Tree is initially your stereotypical sorority girl. The world that she exists in is all about appearances: She is focused on her looks, her body and her Instagram.” He pauses. “Still, you get a sense that deep down that is not who she truly is.”

For Landon, it was a no brainer to turn to Rothe for the role of Tree, a character who is in virtually every scene of the film. The director explains: “Jessica is unbelievable because she had to run the gamut. She had to be the uptight bitch, but then she had to be this vulnerable girl trying to figure out her life. On top of that, she needed to be terrified while being hunted down by an unknown killer…and then she had to be empowered and fight back. Her range is incredible.”

 
Rothe was immediately hooked with the story’s ability to capture her imagination and allow her to experience and present such a range of emotions. “I love when I read scripts that truly pop off the page, capture your emotions and allow you to invest in the lives of the characters. This was one of those scripts for me. The amazing balance of humor, horror, action and heart is something you just do not find often.”

 
The performer reflects on the exact moment she was positive she had to play Tree: “I knew I had to do this film was when I read the ‘Tree dies six ways while looking for her killer and living her life like a badass set to upbeat pop music’ montage,” she laughs. “This montage is everything that is brilliant about the film. We watch Tree become an active participant in her life instead of a victim, but it is fun—at moments scary—and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Tree is a true modern-day scream queen, and her transformation from bitchy victim to badass heroine is one you do not get to see often. I knew that I had to play her, get in her skin, move around and take her out for a spin.”

Our film is unique in the sense that the moments of heart-pounding suspense are sandwiched with humor, everything from biting wit to fart jokes,” concludes Rothe. “I have always found that the most effective films are those that utilize the juxtaposition of contrasting emotions to heighten each other.”

  Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


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Abbie Cornish, A Force of Nature in “GEOSTORM”

 
Australian actress Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, RoboCop) plays secret service agent in a forbidden relationship with a White House staffer (Jim Sturgess) in Warner Bros. Pictures' epic thriller Geostorm (now playing in Philippine cinemas).

In the film, after an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

 
Cornish says, “Sarah is such a fun character because she’s strong, athletic, intelligent and also feminine. She’s a tough woman who protects the president, but also has a fun, sensitive and delicate side to her, which we see in her relationship with Max (Sturgess). And that relationship in their work environment within the White House brings complications of its own. This role was a sweet one to step into, with a great energy to it.”

Sarah has a strong sense of right and wrong that goes beyond following orders,” director Dean Devlin notes. “As the mystery unfolds, she realizes she has a vital role to play that may be at odds with the job she is sworn to do. She’ll have a choice to make, and from that choice a very strong individual will emerge.”

 
Asked what does she hopes audiences take away from Geostorm, Cornish replies, “I want people to have an entertaining, fun experience. We’re living in a time when we watch a lot of entertainment on our computers, televisions, and other devices, and I think that’s great; I love technology and technological advancements. But I also love going to the movies with friends and family members. I hope that Geostorm encourages people to go to the cinema and watch a movie of epic proportions on a big screen. This is pure entertainment – and such a ride. I am excited for people to go on that ride.”

 
Geostorm also stars Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen, 300), Jim Sturgess (21), Alexandra Maria Lara (Rush), Daniel Wu (Warcraft: The Beginning), Eugenio Derbez (Miracles from Heaven), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (mother!) and Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Thirteen).

  Geostorm is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
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Vista Cinemas Offers Thanksgiving Movie Treat


Vista Cinemas shows its appreciation to movie-goers with its Thanksgiving Weekend movie treat. Patrons can watch a movie for free at the branch of their choice on October 21 or 22, 2017 at around 11:00 AM. They have to like Vista Cinema’s fanpage (Facebook.com/vistacinemas) and register. Registration is ongoing.

Patrons can choose one Vista Cinemas branchEvia Lifestyle Center, Vista Cinemas Bataan, Vista Cinemas Pampanga, Vista Cinemas Taguig, Vista Cinemas Sta Rosa, or Vista Cinemas Las Piñas, and choose between the Saturday and Sunday screening schedule.

Vista Cinemas Thanksgiving Weekend features the following movies:

 
Regression (R-13)
In “Regression,” a detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a satanic cult while investigating the rape of a young woman. The movie stars Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, and Emma Watson. It is helmed by Alejandro Amenábar.

 
Lost in the Pacific (PG)
An extravagant adventure turns into a disaster when a group of elite passengers on board a luxury plane landed on an island in the middle of the Pacific. Directed by Vincent Zhou, the cast includes Brandon Routh, Yuqi Zhang, and Russell Wong. 

 
Absolutely Anything (PG)
Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, and Sanjeev Bhaskar star in this comedy sci-fi directed by Terry Jones. The story revolves around a human being given power to do absolutely anything by a group of eccentric aliens.

 
Sinister 2 (R-16)
A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death. The movie narrates the horrors they experienced there. The cast includes James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, and Robert Daniel Sloan. The film is directed by Ciarán Foy.

 
Viral (R-13)
Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a young woman documents her family's new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister. The film is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. It stars Sofia Black-D'Elia, Analeigh Tipton, and Travis Tope.

 
Breaking Through (PG)
When Casey, a dancer who is discovered on YouTube, gets thrust into the modern world of internet celebrity and culture, she must find a way to balance her true identity with her online persona, or risk losing everything she cares about. Directed by John Swetnam and stars Anitta, Sophia Aguiar, and Larry Bourgeois.
 
About Vista Cinemas 
 
Vista Cinemas, a subsidiary of Vista Land & Lifescapes, one of the fastest growing chain of cinemas in the country today, is currently operating in 5 different Vista Malls under the Villar Group. Vista Cinemas at the Evia Lifestyle Center is home to the first and only MX4D Motion EFX Theatre in the Philippines, and also boasts of its luxury seating from world-renowned brands, Figueras and Luxos. All branches of Vista Cinemas have a VIP Theater that is equipped with comfortable luxury recliners for a more relaxed movie watching experience, as well as movie theaters with Dolby Surround 7.1 and Dolby Atmos Sound Technologyit is sound that flows around you. Newly opened Vista Cinemas also feature Laser Projection System, the latest projection technology in the market, where movies will be put on screen in razor-sharp images, vivid colors and almost life-like!


The branches of Vista Cinemas are located at the following:

Vista Cinemas at the Evia Lifestyle Center
3/F Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Almanza Dos, Las Pinas City
(02) 777-1612 / (0977) 235-6541

Vista Cinemas Taguig
2/F Vista Mall Taguig, Phase 2, Camella Taguig Road, Bagong Calzada, Brgy. Tuktukan, Taguig City
(02) 634-5754 / (0995) 629-4805

Vista Cinemas Pampanga
3/F Vista Mall Pampanga, MacArthur Highway, San Agustin, San Fernando, Pampanga
(045) 497-0540 / (0927) 618-6978

Vista Cinemas Sta. Rosa
2/F Vista Mall Sta Rosa, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Sto. Domingo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
(049) 544-6800 / (0917) 456-7298

Vista Cinemas Bataan
2/F Vista Mall Bataan, Roman Super Highway, Cupang Proper, Balanga City, Bataan
(047) 633-4867 / (0916) 340-9153

Vista Cinemas las Piñas
2/F Starmall Las Piñas, Alabang-Zapote Road, CV Star Avenue, Philamlife Village, Pamplona,
Las Pinas City
(02) 874-8806 | 0956-4770252



For more information about the company, their on-going promos, latest updates and daily movie schedule, like them on Facebook.com/vistacinemas. Ticket reservations are accepted through Facebook. Just send them a message and they will be more than glad to assist you. You may also follow them on Twitter (twitter.com/vistacinemas) and on Instagram. You may also send them a message at inquiry@vistacinemas.com.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Instituto Cervantes’ PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Greenbelt 3  Now Playing until October 15

 
Currently on screen until October 15, PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia, will be featuring the best of contemporary Spanish cinema at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, Makati. Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain-AECID, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Ayala Cinemas, the 16th edition of the Spanish Film Festival will screen more than 20 films.
 
Since its conception in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes, the Festival has traditionally been graced by the presence of Spanish and Latin American filmmakers. In this edition, film director Salvador Calvo will fly to Manila to open the Festival with his movie 1898, Los últimos de Filipinas. Produced in 2016, the film retells the story of the Baler siege, where in 1898 a group of Spanish soldiers resisted for 337 days without knowing that the war was over. Director Salvador Calvo will have a Q&A with the audience on October 6, at 9:30pm.
 
The line-up of films shows a list of genres ranging from romance and comedy (La noche en que mi madre mató a mi madre, El ciudadano ilustre) to documentaries (Frágil equilibrio), thrillers (Al final del túnelEl hombre de las mil caras), animation movies (Psiconautas), and dramas (Que Dios nos perdoneTarde para la ira).
 
Aside from its line-up of movies in different genres, the film festival also gives tribute to Latin- American cinema with movies from Argentina, México and Venezuela.
 
In December, thanks to the collaboration of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), a selection of the films shown in the Festival will travel to other cities in the Philippines, and will have a second leg in Baguio, Ilo-ilo, and Davao.   
 
Audience Choice Award
Also, one should not miss the “Audience Choice” Award that happens in every edition of PELÍCULA. During the Festival, the audience will be given stubs with which they can rate the movies they have seen. For every five movies, members of the audience qualify to join the raffle where they get a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Spain.
 
Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain–AECID, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and Ayala Cinemas, PELÍCULA is made possible by Rustan’s, Fundador, Turkish Airlines, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, and TurEspaña, in collaboration with Ayala Museum, Diamond Hotel, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Cut Print Productions, the Embassy of Argentina, the Embassy of Mexico and the Embassy of Venezuela.      
 
For the schedule, line-up of films and further information on the Festival, please log on to Instituto Cervantes website (www.manila.cervantes.es) or visit the Facebook page of Instituto Cervanteswww.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila and at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ www.sureseats.com
 
 
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