European films, uncensored
Previous editions of Cine Europa had close brushes with the local review board. This year, followers of the annual festival, ongoing at the Shang Cineplex of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall until September 18, can watch European films without cuts.
Through a memorandum of agreement signed between organizers and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), the films featured in the 14th Cine Europa will follow the classification/rating system in the originating countries.
“For the first time, the films don’t have to go through the MTRCB,” said Lubomir Frebort, head of the political, press and information section of the European Union. Apart from the board, Frebort said, the fest organizers are also coordinating with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) through its chairman, Briccio Santos.
“We hope to bring more European films to the Philippines and to send more Filipino films to Europe,” Frebort said, adding that he hopes “to expand the educational component of Cine Europa, which has attracted 200,000 viewers through the years.”