With the advent of March the University of Szeged film series Cinema Paradiso also returns to the University of Szeged (Hungary). The cycle will provide a schedule of six films in six different languages, subtitled in English or Hungarian. And thanks to the work of Oxel Uribe-Etxebarria, Basque Language and Culture lecturer of the Etxepare Basque Institute at the university, the Basque cinema will also have its own place in the program.
The Basque-speaking film offered this year will be Bertsolari (2011), directed by Asier Altuna. It will be screened on March 5 at 18: 00etan in the Department of Hispanic Studies (Petőfi S. 30-34 Fszt sgt...)
Bertsolari is a documentary film that premiered in the official section of the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2011. It was later released in cinemas in the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona with a good reception of the public (over 16,000 people). Now there is also the possibility to see it on the internet through the Filmin digital platform. The movie is also currently participating in various festivals around the world.
In the words of the director, Asier Altuna: "The idea was to make a film about the art of improvising verses in Basque. Along the way we encountered the poetry, the silence, the art laid bare and the precipice of improvisation. So we just improvised."