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The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone (2003)

La pelota vasca. La piel contra la piedra (original title)
Documentary about the Basque nationalist movement in Spain.

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Julio Medem

Writer:

Julio Medem
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Cast

Credited cast:
Xabier Arzalluz Xabier Arzalluz ... Himself
Bernardo Atxaga Bernardo Atxaga ... Himself
Txiki Benegas Txiki Benegas ... Himself
Txetxo Bengoetxea Txetxo Bengoetxea ... Himself
Julen de Madariaga Julen de Madariaga ... Himself
Odón Elorza Odón Elorza ... Himself
Iñaki Gabilondo Iñaki Gabilondo ... Himself
Carlos Garaikoetxea Carlos Garaikoetxea ... Himself
Anika Gil Anika Gil ... Herself
Felipe González Felipe González ... Himself
Carmelo Gómez ... Antonio (archive footage)
Juan José Ibarretxe Juan José Ibarretxe ... Himself
Fermín Muguruza Fermín Muguruza ... Himself
Gemma Nierga Gemma Nierga ... Herself (archive footage)
Arnaldo Otegi Arnaldo Otegi ... Himself
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Documentary about the Basque nationalist movement in Spain.

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Basque | English | French

Release Date:

3 October 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone See more »

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Opening Weekend:

€216,661 (Spain), 5 October 2003, Limited Release
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Production Co:

Alicia Produce See more »
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Runtime:

(extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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the most thorough film on the topic so far
9 March 2005 | by weditzSee all my reviews

This is the most thorough, balanced and entertaining video i have seen about the Basque question. It doesn't avoid any of the topics that make of this ancient people's history such a contentious subject for debate. Instead, he interviews almost all actors in Euskal Herria today, providing a complete array of perspectives. Very instructive and entertaining at the same time. The camera is captivating and the editing is very effective. The music by Mikel Laboa is out of this world, and gave me goose-bumps.

The only problem is that it is apparently done for an audience that knows a lot more about Basque history than the average foreigner like me, so at times it was hard to follow the chronology. In fact, i watched the longer (almost 7 hours...i think this was the TV series) version from a Spanish friend, and it helped me understand the movie better.


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