Miguel Joaquín Elizegi was 2.42 metres tall and was one of the tallest men in the world in the mid-19th century. The myth of the giant of Alzo is very well- known in the Basque Country, but in actual fact there is very little information about him. “He was a legend, but he did exist,” Aitor Arregi explains, one of the co-directors of Handia, the Basque film about the giant screened yesterday in the official Section.
Co-director Jon Garaño said that they wanted to reflect how society at that time faced up to the changes it was going through and how it handled the fact that these were unstoppable. “The giant is a symbol of this; although he would like to stop growing, he can’t. There are real events and a lot of fiction in our film and we don’t want the audience to know for sure what is real and what isn’t”.