9 Basque films at the 22nd Malaga Film Festival

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

2019-03-18

The Basque Audiovisual brand will have a stand for the first time at the Village area of the Malaga Film Festival Industry Zone, Mafiz, from March 15 to 24. The stand will host the 2019 catalogue of Basque audiovisual works, and nine Basque films will be premiered at the festival.

The Basque Audiovisual brand will have a stand for the first time at the Village area of the Malaga Film Festival Industry Zone, Mafiz, from March 15 to 24. The stand will host the 2019 catalogue of Basque audiovisual works, and nine Basque films will be premiered at the festival.

One of the Basque films, El doble más quince (Double plus fifteen), directed by Mikel Rueda and produced by Baleuko, will be screened in the Official Selection of this year’s festival. The film delves into existential matters that appear at very different stages of life. The other big premiere will be the much-anticipated Elcano y Magallanes, la primera vuelta al mundo (Elcano and Magellan, the first voyage around the world) by director Ángel Alonso García and produced by Dibulitoon Studio. Featured as a Special Premiere, this animated movie is about one of the most exciting adventures ever undertaken: the first sea voyage around the world. Among the feature-length films in the Zonazine Section, one of the premieres will be El increíble finde menguante (The Incredible Shrinking WKND), directed by Jon Mikel Caballero (Trepamuros Productions). The film tells the story of Alba, a girl who spends a weekend in a farmhouse with her friends to celebrate her 30th birthday.

Three Basque short films will also be screened in different sections: Ancora Lucciole (Still Fireflies) by Maria Elorza (Txintxua films) will be included in the Official Short Documentary Film Section; El fin de todas las cosas (The end of all things) by Norma Vila (Demeter Films), in the Official Short Film Section, and Soy una tumba (Mum’s the word) by Khris Cembe (Uniko) will be included in the Animazine Official Selection.

Another important aspect this year, is that three Basque projects have been selected to take part in different Work In Progress sections organised by MAFIZ. Glittering Misfits by Iban del Campo (Limbus Films) will be part of Malaga WIP Lab, and the other two, El Hoyo (The hole) by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia (Basque Films) and Sumendia (Volcano) by Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Kinoskopik Film Produktion), will be included in Malaga Spanish WIP.

At the Basque Audiovisual stand, promoted by Zineuskadi, Eiken Cluster and Etxepare Basque Institute, a catalogue of 50 audiovisual projects will be available. Twenty-two are in the development stage, 11 in the production phase and 17 are already finished or released in 2018. Altogether, the publication gathers works by 31 Basque production companies.

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