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San Sebastian — Basque homecoming drama “Un otoño sin Berlin” will receive a Sept. 22 gala screening at the 6th Basque Zinemira section of the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival. A Basque film showcase features eight works: six documentaries, a fiction-feature and a stop-motion movie.
Starring Irene Escolar –soon to be seen with Antonio Banderas in Hugh Hudson’s “Altamira”– “Berlin” marks the debut of Lara Izagirre. It turns on the story of June, a young woman returning home by surprise. But everything has changed, including her family and first love. Casting also includes Tamar Novas (“The Sea Inside”), Ramon Barea (“Seven Billiard Tables”).
“Berlin” is one of the first titles included on the Latido-a Contracorriente export slate.
Exploring and vindicating Basque cinema history, in documentary “Gore Sor Lekuaren Bila” Josu Martinez investigates the mysterious disappearance of another Basque documentary screened successfully in 1956.
A second docu, also focuses Basque history, Gorka Bilbao »
- Emilio Mayorga
'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body, »
- Andre Soares
2 items from 2015
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