Filipinos have of course long been exposed to mainstream Hollywood productions, but film is not limited to global releases and big name-led blockbusters. There are many more gems from different parts of the world that widen one’s perspective and tell insightful and poignant stories that resonate with the rest of us – truly proving that films cut across borders and boundaries.
Shangri-La Plaza, a strong supporter of the cinematic arts, is bringing a new film festival to the metro. For the first time, it is hosting the Pacific Alliance Movie Nights, in partnership with the Embassies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Singapore in the Philippines and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, screening for free at the Red Carpet at the Shang on September 21-25.
This film fest features seven films from the Pacific Alliance member states Chile, Colombia, and Mexico and from its first associate state Singapore. The Pacific Alliance is a Latin American economic bloc that mainly aims to reduce trade barriers among member states. The Philippines is one of its observer states.
The Pacific Alliance Movie Nights sets off with the Mexican film Arráncame la vida (Tear this Heart Out), a 2008 film directed by Roberto Sneider about a young woman named Catalina who married an old prominent politician who turned out to be ruthless and unfaithful. Set in the 1930s, it was Mexico’s official submission for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Another film from Mexico is Cuando los hijos regresan (The Kids are Back), a 2017 comedy by Hugo Lara about a happily retired couple who must face an unpredicted menace—their adult children are moving back home.