Instituto Cervantes de Manila features some of the starkest noir films, both visually and ethically, this month of May that should have film buffs very excited.
In Cine Negro (film noir or stylish crime dramas), the Spanish cultural center will showcase a veritable feast of intriguing movies with crisp storytelling, excellent performances, and first-rate hard-boiled dialogue. The film cycle, in Spanish with English subtitles, screens every Saturday, 2pm, at Instituto Cervantes’ Salon de Actos.
Cine Negro opens on May 12 with Juan José Campanella’s Argentinean crime thriller- drama, “El secreto de sus ojo (The Secret in their Eyes).” The movie follows the story of retired legal counsellor, Benjamín Espósito, who writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. The movie is based on Eduardo Sacheri's novel “La Pregunta de Sus Ojos (The Question in Their Eyes)” and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.
Screening on May 12 is a rarely seen movie titled “Un Oso Rojo (Red Bear).” The movie reflects on the story of an ex-con who has just been released from prison after killing a cop in a botched robbery. He has come back to a non existing family since his wife is now living with another man. His daughter, who was a year old when he was incarcerated doesn't even know him. As he rebuilds the bond with his child, he struggles with his relations with his wife and the new man in her life.
Closing the film cycle on May 25 is Peruvian filmmaker Josué Mendez’s feature directorial debut “Días de Santiago (Days of Santiago)”. The movie recounts the story of a 23-year-old war veteran who returns to Lima after spending six years fighting terrorists, the Peruvian drug mafia, and a nationalist war against Ecuador. Unable to smoothly transition back home, his life starts to spin out of control.
Cine Negro is organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, and Spanish Agency International Cooperation for Development (AECID).
Admission to all the screenings is FREE on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. For more information, please call 5261482 or visit http://manila.cervantes.es Instituto Cervantes de Manila is at 855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila.*Press release from Instituto Cervantes