Eleven films complete the Zabaltegi programme of special screenings. Four features, one animation, five non-fiction films and the two mini-series produced for television figure among the varied spectrum of works brought to us by big international filmmakers. These titles join the five Spanish films already announced.
7 DÍAS EN LA HABANA
(7 DAYS IN HAVANA)
A contemporary portrait of an eclectic city seen through a single feature film made up of seven chapters directed by seven acclaimed directors from different countries: Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabío and Laurent Cantet.
An anime starring a savage, enraged orphan boy abandoned in the barren Kyoto wasteland who does whatever it takes to survive in the wild. When he crosses paths with civilization, he must learn to master the beast within.
The new film by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Sleepers) chronicles a small village engulfed by chaos. The quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert the mayor, but he refuses to create a panic in the docile town. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites that take control of their minds, and eventually their bodies.
The directorial debut by the award-winning short-film and documentary maker, Iñaki Elizalde, follows a film crew visiting the Baztan valley to make a film about events dating back to the 17th century: the story of the discrimination suffered by the so-called “agotes”, people who were forced to live in isolation practically up to the present day. Carmelo Gómez and Unax Ugalde head the cast.
The second film by the actors and directors Aitor Mazo and Patxo Telleria is a romantic comedy starring Xabi, a young man who tries to "cheer up" the last few hours in the life of his friend Maria, victim of a terminal illness, by saying he loves her: but Maria's miraculous recovery forces Xabi to keep up the pretence. Gorka Otxoa, Sara Cozar, Bárbara Goenaga, Aitor Mazo and Unax Ugalde head the cast.
Emak Bakia baita
(The Search for Emak Bakia)
This documentary by the journalist, documentary-maker and photographer Oskar Alegria follows the search for the house near Biarritz that inspired Man Ray to create his libertarian cinema. A film about chance, wind and the back of photographs.
Two directors make a documentary about the controversial film director and irascible actor Peter Kern. But Kern refuses to be crammed into the form of a classical documentary. He doubts, criticizes and rebels – and the directors approve. First feature film by Veronika Franz (screenwriter and assistant director on some of Ulrich Seidl's films) and Severin Fiala.
The first feature film by Maja Miloš won a Tiger Award at the last Rotterdam Film Festival. Its main character is Jasna, a beautiful girl in her mid-teens, leading a crude life of the postwar generation in Serbia. Having a huge crush on a boy from school, she goes on a spree of sex, drugs and partying, constantly filming with her mobile phone.
KÖNIG DES COMICS
(KING OF COMICS)
The new documentary from Rosa von Praunheim is a full-blown tribute to the world's most famous and best-loved German comic creator, Ralf König, author of works like Der bewegte Mann (Maybe... Maybe Not) and Kondom des grauens (The Killer Condom). Humour, irony and scathing observation of reality are his liberating weapons against intolerance.
The latest film by Miguel Courtois (El Lobo, GAL) is inspired by the true story of Clara Rojas, kidnapped by the FARC in Colombia together with Ingrid Betancourt in 2002, who after six years in captivity had a child with one of the guerrillas: a family of farmers will have to look after the baby. Luis Tosar stars in the film.
AS LINHAS DE TORRES
(THE LINES OF WELLINGTON)
An original project from director Raúl Ruiz - winner of the Silver Shell for Best Director in 2010 for Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon) who died last year - which has been turned into a TV mini-series by the filmmaker Valeria Sarmiento. A reconstruction of Napoleon's attempts to invade Portugal with a powerful army constrained to measure its strength against the Anglo-Portuguese forces commanded by General Wellington. World premiere of the entire TV miniseries..
PALABRAS MÁGICAS (para romper un encantamiento)
(MAGIC WORDS (breaking a spell))
Latest work from the documentary-maker Mercedes Moncada, an emotional look at the Nicaraguan Revolution: "I resemble Lake Managua: rather than being a flowing river that always renovates itself, it hoards and saves, just like Nicaragua".
SHOKUZAI / PENANCE
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL SCREENING
This TV miniseries will be presented in its entirety. The latest work from the acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse, Tokyo Sonata) focuses on the mysterious murder of a young girl kidnapped at her own school while playing with four classmates. None of the girls can remember the abductor's face, and the victim's mother condemns them to: “Do whatever you have to to find the killer. Otherwise, you can pay a penance that I approve.”
A documentary proposing a contemporary look into this important cultural movement, which exploded in Brazil in the late 1960s. It mixes valuable archive material especially recovered for the production and encounters with the icons of the movement such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Ze, Mutantes and others.
The incredible story of the Villas-Boas brothers and the events leading up to creation of the Xingu National Park, the first Indian reservation in Brazil. Brazilian director Cao Hamburger presented this film in the Panorama section at the last Berlin Festival, where he had previously competed in 2006 with O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (The Year My Parents Went on Vacation).
SPECIAL MIDNIGHT SCREENING
In his latest documentary the musician Fermin Muguruza follows the career of the all-female rock band, Zuloak, to advocate the contribution made by other important musical artists in the Basque Country.