The Basque Film and ETB Gala, to take place on Tuesday, September 26, at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, will be the setting for screening of the film Elkarrekin-Together and presentation of the Zinemira Award. This year’s honorary accolade, given by the San Sebastian Festival and the EPE/AVE and IBAIA producers associations to an outstanding personality from the world of Basque film, received in previous years by Imanol Uribe (2009), Álex Angulo (2010), Elías Querejeta (2011), Michel Gaztambide (2012) Juanba Berasategi (2013), Pedro Olea (2014), Karmele Soler (2015) and Ramón Barea (2016), will acknowledge the career of the film editor Julia Juaniz.
Since studying Medicine at the University of Zaragoza and Photography at the Spectrum Gallery, Julia Juaniz (Arellano, Navarre, 1956) has edited more than 60 productions by directors such as Carlos Saura (Taxi, Pajarico, Tango, Goya en Burdeos / Goya in Bordeaux, Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón / Buñuel and King Solomon’s Table, El 7º día / The 7th Day, Io, Don Giovanni), Víctor Erice (Alumbramiento), Daniel Calparsoro (Guerreros / Warriors, Asfalto / Asphalt), Mercedes Álvarez (El cielo gira / The Sky Turns), Rafael Gordon (Todo mujer, La reina Isabel en persona / Queen Isabel in Person), Ramón Barea (El coche de pedales, Pecata minuta), Alberto Morais (Un lugar en el cine, La madre) or Inés París (Miguel y William), and by young Basque filmmakers including Alberto Gorritiberea (Arriya /The Stone), Jabi Elortegi (Zorion perfektua), Pedro Aguilera (Naufragio) and Arantza Ibarra (Zigortzaileak / Los castigadores).
Her filmography also includes works as a short filmmaker, such as Traintime (1991), winner of the Basque Film Grand Prix at the Bilbao Film Festival; El vuelo de Dora Salazar about the artist from Altsasua (2011); El grito de Guernica (2012); Mankind (2012), chosen for the Lars von Trier project Gesamt; and El lenguaje de los objetos (2013), about the artist Marijose Recalde.
She has received two Goya nominations for Best Editing, one for Goya en Burdeos (Goya in Bordeaux, 2006) and the other for Iberia (2005), also having won Spain’s Círculo de Críticos Cinematográficos Award for El cielo gira (2004).
Many of her films feature in the annals of the San Sebastian Festival: El tiempo de Neville (Zabaltegi, 1991), Urte ilunak / Los años oscuros (New Directors, 1993), Taxi (Official Selection, 1996), Muerto de amor (Zabaltegi, 1996), La fabulosa historia de Diego Martín (Basque Film Day, 1996), Pecata minuta (Zabaltegi, 1998), Time’s Up! (Zabaltegi-New Directors, 2000), Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón (Official Selection opening film, 2001), El 7º día (Made in Spain, 2004), Cosmos (New Directors, 2007), El cielo gira (Made in Spain, 2005), Fados (Zabaltegi-Pearls, 2007), Un lugar en el cine (Basque Film Day, 2008), Zorion perfektua (Zabaltegi-New Directors, 2009), Arriya / The Stone (Zinemira – Basque Film Showcase, 2011) and Naufragio (Zinemira – Basque Film Showcase, 2011).
Her work as an artist in the fields of photography, video art and painting on negative film was the subject of the exhibitions Spanish Artists in Daegu (2013, South Korea), Ver con los ojos y el alma (La Neomudéjar, 2014), Abrir mundos (Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, 2015), Alas-Hegoak (Arms Room at the Citadel in Pamplona, 2015), Sueños (La Alhóndiga, Segovia, 2016) and Emakumearen Eremua, el espacio de la mujer (La Neomudéjar, 2017). Her work has also shown in Russia (Now&After), Mexico (Casa Buñuel) and Ethiopia (AVAF Festival, Ethiopian Videoart).
Julia Juaniz has taught editing at the different film universities and schools. She is a member of the European Film Academy and of the Spanish Film Academy executive board as head of editing.
She is currently editing the Spanish-North American feature film Trading Paint, by Karzan Kader, starring John Travolta, Michael Madsen and Shania Twain, after completing the films Bent, written and directed by Bobby Moresco (producer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby), starring Sofía Vergara and Andy García; Finding Steve McQueen, by the filmmaker Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil), starring Travis Fimmel (Vikings) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers); and Black Butterfly by the filmmaker Brian Goodman (What Doesn't Kill You), starring Donostia Award-winner Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point).