Thursday, June 23, 2011

Eiga Sai 2011

Kicking off a month's worth of events and activities designed to promote cultural exchange and understanding in celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month (PFJM) this July is the annual Eiga Sai sponsored by Japan Foundation Manila, the Japanese Embassy and other partner organizations nationwide. Among the films that will be screened this year is Departures which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2009, along with an interesting selection of heartwarming and dramatic features such as One Million Yen Girl and Villon's Wife. As always, the film festival is free and open to the public so do check out the screening schedule and the flyer for movies that you might have missed out on or overlooked.

It seems like just yesterday when I came across Waterboys at the university film theater and yet the truth of the matter is that Eiga Sai is now on its 13th year. The Japan Foundation Manila usually organizes interesting events, bringing over Japanese artists and hosting exhibits, but the one I look forward to each year is the film festival because through it, I get to catch something that I normally wouldn't see---I still regret not watching The Bandage Club last year, seeing that I can't find English subtitles online for the said movie. Anyway, I'm sure there's going to be at least one movie in there that would catch your fancy so if you have time to spare, don't miss out on this opportunity.


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