71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
Eneko Olasagasti, Jone Karres
84 min.
A film about the feelings of those who favour the participation of women in the "Alarde" arms parades of Irun and Hondarribia and those who oppose it. The celebrations running throughout the day in both towns serve as the backdrop for the story. The first part explains the Alarde since it first started, its history, its mise-en-scene, its composition and its characteristics. The second narrates the beginning of the conflict and how it developed in the early years, in the 90s. The third part looks at the present day through the years 2011 and 2012, reflecting on the present situation of the "Alardes" and their future.
Mireia Gabilondo
94 min.
World premiere Nerea, a mother aged 38 who works in a daily newsroom, struggles to reconcile her family and professional life. From one day to the next the precarious balance finally falls to pieces when her mother, Luisa, is taken into hospital for memory loss. Nerea feels guilty for not having reacted earlier to the first symptoms of her mother's illness. Now she can only watch as Luisa goes back in time into the past. Nerea will learn part of her mother's hidden life and discover similarities in their experiences, stirring up the ghosts that live in the memories of both women.
Amaia Merino, Aitor Merino
94 min.
World premiere "I grew up with Asier in the streets of the Basque Country. Then I moved to Madrid. In 2002, Asier joined ETA. How could I make my friends in Madrid understand what had pushed him to take a decision even I could hardly come to terms with? When Asier got out of prison, I grabbed a camera with the intention of making a film about him to try and answer that very question and, in the doing, why not, to bridge the gap between our two ways of thinking. But things didn't go quite as simply as planned." (Aitor Merino)
Olivier van der Zee
80 min.
Every year, from July 7 to 14, during the eight days of the San Fermín celebrations, thousands of people participate in one of the most dangerous and adrenaline-pumping events in the world: the running of the bulls in Pamplona. This is the story of those who run with the bulls through the streets of the capital of Navarre. It is a documentary with a spectacular narrative and images unseen until now, obtained with the High Speed 3D camera suspended from a wire 270m above the centre of the Calle Estafeta.
Alfonso Andrés, Javier Barajas
80 min.
World premiere Basque culture and its mysterious origins will constitute a real attraction for some Nazi top guns, an attraction that will translate into a visit by the self-same Heinrich Himmler to San Sebastian in October 1940, and into the making of several anthropological documentaries. All have disappeared except Im lande der Basken (In the Land of the Basques), shot between 1941 and 1942 by a team of German moviemakers directed by the prestigious director Herbert Brieger.
Enara Goikoetxea, Monika Zumeta
82 min.
World premiere Painter José Luis Zumeta works at all hours in his studio in Arribe, Navarre, an old bus station. This time he is concentrating on two paintings measuring 200x133 to be exhibited in the former fire station in San Sebastian. The process of creating these works is the backbone of this documentary. For the first time, the artist shows the camera the unique and internal creation process for which he is known. The film team is absolute in its monitoring: it starts from the artist's first steps of making the actual canvas, continues with the creation of the works, and ends with their exhibition.
Jorge Gil Munarriz
87 min.
Lourdes and Mentxu Arrieta were born with a serious problem: despite being sisters and spending most of their time together, their bodies were unable to communicate. They couldn't use their hands or their voices either. Until one day they came up with their own formula, a method of communication for which there are no precedents and that nobody thought would work. A language they speak in silence and that has remained a total secret. At least until today.
David Arratibel
54 min.
In this documentary, David Arratibel describes his experience: "That day a noisy ghost started to belt out in my head: a ringing and clicking only I could hear, or perhaps others could too. Like most people, I fled silence so as not to hear the sound within".
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