Last Thursday I took a packed MRT and commuted all the way to the heart of Edsa to participate in the Cine Europa 21. A series of European films were lined up for showing at The Red Carpet at Edsa Shangri-La. I intended to go on a Thursday to skip the madness of the weekend crowd.
I got there a little past 4pm and made it to the next show which featured short films from Austria namely “Mathias”, “Fuddy Duddy” and “Wannabe”.
Mathias (2017) is a story of a transgender who was transitioning – to a job and at the same time on relationships.
Fuddy Duddy (2016) ran for around six minutes only. It was more of an abstract film showcasing black and white shapes and effects, using pulsating sounds resembling a plane taking off. It was mesmerizing and at times I had to look around to see how the audience was taking it in because it was quite unique. I felt I was going to dream about it – I was thinking am I being hypnotized?
The last short film was Wannabe (2017) which was about a young woman who was struggling to make it big in YouTube, modeling, and film. It reminded me of the different faces seen in social media, where some people sadly pretend all’s great…
Glad I had the chance to see some films in this year’s Cine Europa. I look forward to seeing more in the years to come.
The Cine Europa runs from December 6 to 16, 2018. Entrance is free on a first-come-first-serve basis.