Monday, Sept 1 | 1:00 PM
The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street (between Helmcken and Davie St.)
In collaboration with the Etxepare Basque Institute, the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is proud to present this showcase of contemporary Basque cinema. We will screen the highly acclaimed feature-length film Happy New Year, Grandma! (Urteberri On, Amona!) directed by Telmo Esnal, who will be in attendance at the festival, as well as a selection of short films from the Kimuak program.
The Etxepare Basque Institute is an ambassador for the Basque language (Euskara) and culture abroad, and encourages the international diffusion of the Basque language and Basque artists of all disciplines.
The Kimuak Program is an annual selection of short films made in Euskadi with the mission to make films from the Basque Country accessible to an international audience.
KIMUAK SHORT FILMS
A POLITICAL STORY
English and French with English subtitles/ 25’50” min
Director: Lander Camarero
Lauren C. Carroll, a student at the New York Film Institute, undertakes her final-year film project. However, unlike her fellow classmates who choose to shoot pure entertainment, Lauren decides to make a politically committed film.
Spanish with English subtitles/ 6.30 min
Director: Aritz Moreno
Path. Acute, infectious disease, often epidemic and very serious.
HOTZANAK, FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY
Basque and English with English subtitles/ 5’11” min
Director: Izibene Oñederra
I told him I was a filmmaker...and nothing has changed. Amid these landscapes traipses the soul, at times certain, at other times uncertain, of its own existence; while the body is and is and is and has no place of its own.
Spanish with English subtitles/ 11 min
Director: Borja Cobeaga
The manager of a company proposes a daring plan for keeping the workers’ morale high.
Spanish with English subtitles/ 27 min
Director: Raúl de la Fuente
Cerro Rico in Potosí, Bolivia, is a lawless territory, characterized by brutal violence. Lucía, Ivone, and Abigail work at the mine, struggling to survive in an inhuman inferno. Their only weapon is their courage...and dynamite.
ONE HOUR, ONE STEP
(Una hora, un paso)
Spanish with English subtitles/ 13 min
Directors: Aitor Iturriza, Bernat Gual
Juan is Spanish and has been locked up in an Egyptian jail for 17 years. During that time, he has written two volumes of poetry, got married and had a daughter, all the while dreaming of returning to Spain in the near future. But his destiny is about to change.
Basque and English with English subtitles/ 13’11” min
Director: Asier Altuna
Moritats are old folk songs about crimes and are typical of Central Europe. “Zela Trovke” is a moritat from Slovakia which the Holland Baroque Society has recovered to include in its Barbaric Beauty program. Maite Larburu, the orchestra’s violinist, unveils the song's hidden secrets.