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The birth of intolerance
Sunday, September 20th, 2020

It might seem strange at first that an Argentine like Pablo Agüero has made a film set in the Basque Country in 1609 that portrays a phenomenon that is so deeply rooted in European, (and especially Basque),
culture like witchcraft into a really personal project. However, the director, who already competed for the Golden Shell in 2015 with Eva no duerme, justified his interest in shooting Akelarre by claiming that it was a story that refers to a founding moment in history when a new form of intolerance was established that has persisted right up to the present day. At the press conference he gave after the screening of his film yesterday at the Kursaal, Agüero confessed that he had read widely about witchcraft, but that it had been the writings of Pierre de Lancré, who King Henry IV of France had given the job of eradicating witches from the region of Labourd, that had most impressed him; to such an extent that he had used them as the basic reference material for writing the script for Akelarre.


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