War Films@SineKultura, 3/5 to 3/9

The University of San Carlos Cebu invites cinephiles to experience the harsh realities of War depicted on the silver screen and  tackled by 3 European directors.

The screenings are held at the CAFA Theater at the USC campus, Talamban.

These screenings are free and open to the public.


THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS is a 1966 war film based on occurrences during the Algerian War (1954–62) against French colonial occupation in North Africa.

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, the movie focuses the events of the Algerian War between 1954 and 1957 when the freedom fighters regrouped and expanded into the casbah, only to face a systematic attempt by French paratroopers to wipe them out.

This highly dramatic film is about the organization of a guerrilla movement and the methods used to annihilate it by the colonial power.

For Battle of Algiers, Pontecorvo and cinematographer Marcello Gatti filmed in black and white and experimented with various techniques to give the film the look of newsreel and documentary film. The film’s essential fair-mindedness is perhaps its most striking and skillful feature.

The film has been critically celebrated and occupies the 120th place on Empire Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest movies of all time. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Screenplay (Gillo Pontecorvo and Franco Solinas) and Best Director (Gillo Pontecorvo) in 1969 and Best Foreign Language Film in 1967.



Ivan’s Childhood, also known as My Name Is Ivan in the US, is a 1962 Soviet film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, his first feature film.

The film tells the story of orphan boy Ivan and his experiences during World War II. Ivan’s Childhood  looked at the human cost of war and did not glorify the war.

Ivan’s Childhood won critical acclaim. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1962 and the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1962.

Famous filmmakers such as Ingmar Bergman, Sergei Parajanov and Krzysztof Kie?lowski praised the film and cited it as an influence on their work.


VOLKER SCHLÖNDORFF’S THE TIN DRUM (142 minutes), 9 March 2012/FRIDAY, 6 PM

The Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel) is a 1979 film, directed and co-written by Volker Schlöndorff.

A stylistically black comedy, the film tells the story of Oskar, the young son of a Kashubian family in a rural area of the Free City of Danzig, circa 1925.

On his third birthday, Oskar receives a shiny new tin drum. At this point, rather than mature into one of the miserable specimens of grown-up humanity that he sees around him, he vows never to get any bigger.

The film won the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and the 1979 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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