Fenêtre Basque: Basque cinema at the Festival of Nantes
Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.
The Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes closed its 27th edition yesterday, April 2, with a healthy representation of Basque cinema. A total of 24 Basque films were shown at the festival, and the Basque production directed by Justin Webster El fin de ETA (2016) won the Best Documentary Film Award. The festival came to a close with the screening of Kalebegiak (2016), the collective film of Donostia 2016.
As every year, the festival featured a section called Basque Fenêtre or Basque Window, with support from the Etxepare Basque Institute in close collaboration with the Basque Film Archive-Euskadiko Filmategia. Year after year, Fenêtre Basque offers a selection of the best current Basque productions and work by the most prominent Basque filmmakers. In this edition, it included 11 feature films and eight short films. Five more Basque feature films were screened in other sections of the festival.
The jury gave the Best Documentary Film Award to El fin de ETA (The End of ETA) – produced by Baleuko and ETB – for helping shed light on a complex situation, at full of contradictions.
The Director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Miren Arzalluz, attended the festival with Joxean Muñoz (Vice-Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of the Basque Government) and Pablo Berastegui (Director of Donostia 2016).