Magazine article Screen International

Zinemira Announces Six New Basque Titles for San Sebastian

Magazine article Screen International

Zinemira Announces Six New Basque Titles for San Sebastian

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Six world premieres to vie for $25,000 prize.

Basque productions of recent months will screen in San Sebastián Film Festival's Zinemira section, devoted to films of this region of Northern Spain where the Festival is located. Six world premieres will have their chance to win the Serbitzu prize, aimed to develop and strength Basque cinema industry. The prize is worth $25,000.

Documentaries lead the pack. Pure Life (Pura vida), by Pablo Iraburu and Migueltxo Molina, documents the ransom of a sick explorer in the Annapurna Mountains. In An Imagined Landscape (En un paisaje imaginado), by Josu Venero, portrays the career of José Antonio Sistiaga, a pioneer Basque experimental film-maker.

Murmurs (Murmullos), by Juan Miguel Gutiérrez, shows the difficult path to freedom of six prison inmates. Butterflies In The Iron (Mariposas en el hierro), by Bertha Gastelumundi, takes the statements of very different women against violence. Empty Places, Full Words (Lugares vacíos, palabras llenas), by Joxeanjel Arbelaitz Irastortza, is an insight into popular writer Bernardo Atxaga's work.

To Say Goodbye [pictured], by Mat Richards, is the only fictional film in the competition. An animated feature, it is inspired by the story of the 4000 Basque children who were exiled in the UK during the Spanish Civil War.

Two more Basque titles will be shown out of competition in Panorama section. Camera Obscura, by Maru Solores, tells the story of a girl, Ane, who discovers photography and first love in a cathartic summer. …

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