Basque Production: New, Upcoming Titles

Variety | 9/23/2019 | Emiliano Granada
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A Basque rock band travels the globe playing to diehard fans from Japan, the U.S., Germany and France. Marina Lameiro’s second film, produced by Arena Comunicación and

Arantza Santesteban writes and directs her first feature documentary in which she explores the experience of being incarcerated for what seemed to be 918 nights. Txintxua Films and Hiruki Filmak currently produce.

Gerard - Escuer - Documentary - Life - José

Directed by Gerard Escuer the documentary follows the tumultuous life of José Laradogoitia a Basque double spy that worked against the Nazis during the World War Two. Produced by Area Audiovisual the documentary that plays with fictionalized scenes was selected in the Co production Forum of Documentaries Lau Haizetara on the 67th edition of San Sebastian. Is currently in preproduction.

Asier Altuna and Telmo Esnal’s follow-up to their 2005 social satire “Hello, Mr. Etxebeste,” the first Basque-language feature in years, and which proved the industrial viability of films in the language. Feminist-tinged political high-jinks as Patrizio Etxebeste, the mayor of the original, steps down as mayor, making way for his wife, María Luisa, who has a mind of her own. World premiered at San Sebastian as its 2019 as the Basque Cinema Gala title.

Pablo - Iraburu - Ridge - Nomadak - Jaime

Directed by Pablo Iraburu (“The Ridge,” “Nomadak”) and Jaime Murciego, the documentary follows six indigenous Bolivian women as they climb Aconcagua in the Andes. Arena Comunicación-produced, Movistar + has taken pay TV rights.

Written and directed by Mikel Rueda (“Hidden Away”) who’s once again backed by Baleuko in co-production with Sonora. Starring Maribel Verdú and German Alcarazu, a Malaga Festival standout exploring with necessary sensibility the relationship between a teen and an older woman.

Ángel - Alonso - Thief - Dreams - Second

Ángel Alonso’s (“The Thief of Dreams”) second animated feature re-tells the adventures of Portugal’s Fernando de Magallanes and the Basque Country’s Juan Sebastián Elcano, leaders of the first global circumnavigation. A transmedia project, the film has accompanying VR...
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