The Embassy of Mexico, in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) brings to Filipino audiences, Cinco de Mayo Film Fest. The festival runs from May 5 to 8 at the Cinematheque centers in Manila, Iloilo, Davao, Nabunturan, and Negros.
The Embassy of Mexico and FDCP want to celebrate one of the most popular Mexican Festivities around the world, screening a cinematographic sample of Mexico`s cinema industry. With such a wide array of films to choose from, viewers of all ages, backgrounds, and interests will surely find a film that will leave them wanting more.
Cinco de Mayo Film Fest will open its doors to moviegoers with five thought-provoking and award-winning movies from Mexico. These films include Maquinaria Panamericana (2016), a film by Joaquin Del Paso, showcasing the effects on workers of the death of their boss to surreal and engaging impact with no prospect of employment elsewhere, no retirement fund, and worst, the company is in bankrupt. The film was awarded Best Mexican Film & FIPRESCI Prize at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Best First Film at the Tucuman Film Festival, and Best Film at the Leyva Film Festival.
Maquinaria Panamericana will be followed by romance movies such as Leona (2018) by Isaac Cherem, and Novia que te vea (1993) by Guita Schyfter.
Both films showcased the upsetting reality of traditional families in which characters have to take important personal choices. Such films show a sentimental, more romantic side of Mexico’s industry and also cater to the Filipino’s appreciation for such a storyline.
Included in this festival are Cria Puercos (2018) by Ehecatl Garcia, which storyline focuses on the grief that the death of the antagonist’s husband and the absence of her son leave in her life until a piglet comes along, and Más Amanceres (2013), a masterpiece of Jorge Leyva, distinguished as the ‘Best Debut Film’ at the 2013 Guanajuato International Film Festival, about the lives of two children and how their actions affect each one of them.
All films will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Entrance is free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, please visit the Embassy of Mexico’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/embamex.filipinas/ and the Film Development Council of the Philippines website page at https://www.fdcp.ph/