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On July 3 the Miami Coral Gables Art Cinema will premiere the Basque film Loreak, directed by Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenega. Don´t miss the opportunity to enjoy this real gem of the Basque cinematography.
2015-2016 academic program of the Koldo Mitxelena Chair at the University of Chicago
The goal of the chair is to extend the Basque Studies in North America, and this year will focus on the History of Basque Cinema, with professors Pilar Rodríguez (University of Deusto) and Rob Stone (University of Birmingham).
Basque cinema is and always has been a vital medium for the examination and perpetuation of Basque identity from numerous perspectives emanating from a specific geographical point and resulting in diverse trajectories. It has proven itself a durable vehicle for the historical, political, social and artistic interests of the Basque people and has duly imagined past, present and future variations on local, national and international concerns that all contribute to this frustrating, yet at the same time liberating ambiguity about the Basque Country. The course will explore the major works and themes in Basque cinema, from its origins to present day productions, with a special attention paid to four aspects: the creation of the Basque nation on screen, filmic representations of terrorism, the cinema of the second wave of filmmakers, and contemporary films which range from the Kimuak initiative for short films to local and diasporic works.
This chair, founded by the Etxepare Basque Institute in 2012, is part of the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago and hosts every year a renowned Basque professor who imparts seminars and lectures about Basque humanistic studies. Etxepare has created five chairs in international universities worldwide.
The "5th BASQUE, CATALAN and GALICIAN CINEMA SEASON"will be held in May at the MAC Birmingham.
All films will be projected in original version with English subtitles. This event is free and open to all.
The activity has been organized thanks to the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute, the Institut Ramon Llull, the Xunta de Galicia and the University of Birmingham.
Thursday, 7th May, 2.30 pm: Basque film Aupa Etxebeste (Hurray Etxebeste), directed by Asier Altuna and Telmo Esnal. The directors Asier Altuna and Telmo Esnal will be with us to take part in a question and answer session after the screening.
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Thursday, 21st May, 2.30 pm: Catalan film Tots volem el millor per a ella (We all want what’s best for her), directed by Mar Coll. The director Mar Coll will be with us to discuss the film after the screening.
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Thursday, 28th May, 2.30 pm: Galician film Encallados (Stranded), directed by Alfonso Zarauza. The director Alfonso Zarauza will be with us to discuss the film after the screening.
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The Nantes Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Moreover, for the last 15 years, the presence of the Basque cinema in the Festival of Nantes represents the most complete, outstanding, veteran and steady schedule of our cinema out of our boundaries. The Basque Film Archive and Etxepare Basque Institute make an important effort every year to guarantee the presence of Basque cinema makers and artists in the programme and their assistance, in the most important festival for the Basque productions in the French speaking market and for the French audience (25.000 spectators in 2014).
The critics predict a great year for the film Loreak, presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
This time, it has crossed the Atlantic to take part at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, where it will compete at the Ibero-American Fiction Films section, along with 14 other films – including La Isla Mínima. The festival will be held on March 6-15 in, Guadalajara (Mexico).
Shot in 12 days without a crew, using no extra lighting and in natural locations. A small photo camera, the script and a microphone on the camera. These were the conditions under which the film Bingen was recorded; and taking this free way of filming, the actors improvised, in and out of the script in every scene.
As a result: Bingen; a comedy that reminds some Dogma95, "The Office" and "The Boss of It All"; "one of the coolest movies that have been made in Basque".