Basque cinema will take centre stage this autumn in several Latin American countries. In September, the Uruguayan Cinematheque will host a Basque Cinema exhibition and the International Film Festival of Viña del Mar, Chile, will feature director Fermin Muguruza’s Black is Beltza. The film will be shown again at the Animasivo festival in Mexico City and an animation workshop will be offered by filmmaker Begoña Vicario.
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The day of the Basque Diaspora will be celebrated on September 8th worldwide. Several countries with a significant Basque population will organise commemorative events. Chile is one of them: the University of Chile, in Santiago de Chile, has organised an event on Wednesday, August 28th, which will focus on the Basque migration to Chile.
The latest documentary by Basque filmmaker Oskar Alegría, Zumiriki, has been chosen to compete at the Venice International Film Festival. The film will be screened in the Horizons (Orizzonti) section, which honours feature films and documentaries representing the latest trends in cinema.
The international documentary fair Sunny Side of the Doc has closed its doors on another successful event for the Basque film industry. The rejuvenated image of the Basque Audiovisual Stand, organized by the Etxepare Basque Institute, Eiken cluster and Zineuskadi, was well received, and representatives from Etxepare and Eiken were at the stand to answer questions.
A Basque film series will be held in July in Viña del Mar, Chile, in conjunction with the Viña del Mar International Film Festival. Three Basque films will head the bill: Amama, Oreina and Dantza.
Sunny Side of the Doc will take place June 24-27 in La Rochelle, France. The event is considered the leading international marketplace for documentary content. One more year, a representation of the Basque audiovisual sector will attend the event under the brand Basque Audiovisual, created and promoted by Eiken (Basque audiovisual cluster), Zineuskadi and the Etxepare Basque Institute.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) dedicates a special section to Basque cinema as part of the #ScotlandGoesBasque programme sponsored by the Etxepare Basque Institute. In the coming days, Koldo Almandoz will present his feature film Oreina (The Deer) and Iban del Campo, his short, Espedizio handia (The Great Expedition). A group of Basque film industry professionals will travel to Edinburgh to present their work.
The Basque Cinema will once again be present at the 12th edition of Different 12!, a film festival celebrated in Paris. The festival, which runs from 17th to 24th June, will feature Oreina (2018) by the Basque filmmaker Koldo Almandoz. The director and two of the main actors, Patxi Bisquert and Ramon Agirre, will attend the festival to present their work.
The Kimuak programme, promoted by the Basque Department of Culture with support from the Etxepare Basque Institute and the Basque Film Archive, has already chosen the seven short films that will be part of the catalogue in its 22nd edition.
Filmmaker Telmo Esnal and dancer Gari Otamendi were on tour in Argentina and USA in April and May presenting their latest film, Dantza. The filmmaker continues to promote his 3rd feature film worldwide, spreading Basque culture through the universal language of dance. Now that they’re back, we took time to ask them about the experience.