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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.

Director:

Julio Medem

Writer:

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

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politics | basque country | See All (2) »

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A must-see for anyone interested in the Basque conflict
14 October 2003 | by kiker33-2See all my reviews

There has been a lot of controversy about this documentary in Spain, basically coming from the conservative side. In my opinion, the film gives a real, sincere view of what the Basque problem is and what it means, and is at the same time, as objective a view as one from a Basque director can be.

It mixes beautiful shots of landscapes with old archive images from the dictatorship and early-democracy days, parts of films (including Orson Welles "Around the world") with Basque traditions etc. But above all this, the "confessions", the views that about 70 people of all sorts give about the matter: politicians, singers, priests, ex-terrorists, etc.

I have to say that I got emotional and I´m not Basque. Food for thought of the best quality, worth seeing whatever is your positioning about the Basques. Don't forget we're talking about the maker of beautiful films like "Tierra" ("Land"), "Sex and Lucia" and "The red squirrel".


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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,569,730
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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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