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Zabaltegi Tabakalera
2019. 67th Edition
Zabaltegi Tabakalera
Zabaltegi Tabakalera
Films
Films
Atlantique / Atlantics
Mati Diop
France - Senegal - Belgium 
Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleimane, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleimane and his co-workers disappear at sea. Soon after, they come back to haunt their old neighbourhood by taking possession of the girlfriends they left behin...

Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleimane, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleimane and his co-workers disappear at sea. Soon after, they come back to haunt their old neighbourhood by taking possession of the girlfriends they left behind. Some of the workers have come claiming revenge and threaten to burn the tower down if the developer does not pay their wages. But Souleiman has come back for Ada, so they can be together one last time.

Blue Boy
Manuel Abramovich
Germany - Argentina 
Seven Romanian sex workers in Berlin are portrayed while they listen and react to recordings of their own experiences. The camera becomes the client and the exploitation process becomes the spectacle, highlighting the inevitable performativity of power relations. 

Seven Romanian sex workers in Berlin are portrayed while they listen and react to recordings of their own experiences. The camera becomes the client and the exploitation process becomes the spectacle, highlighting the inevitable performativity of power relations. 

Delphine et Carole, insoumuses / Delphine and Carole
Callisto McNulty
France - Switzerland 
The meeting between the actress Delphine Seyrig and the video artist Carole Roussopoulos drives us to the heart of the feminism of the 1970s. With a video camera in hand, they will engage in radical fights with insolence, intransigence and humor.

The meeting between the actress Delphine Seyrig and the video artist Carole Roussopoulos drives us to the heart of the feminism of the 1970s. With a video camera in hand, they will engage in radical fights with insolence, intransigence and humor.

El fiscal, la presidenta y el espia / The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy
Justin Webster
Spain - Germany 
A prosecutor investigating a terrorist bombing accuses the Argentinian president of colluding with Iran. Four days later he is found dead in his bathroom with a single shot to the head. Alberto Nisman died in Buenos Aires, but the shockwaves of this mysterious murder, or suicide, spread across the globe to Israel, Iran and the United States. 6-episode series.

A prosecutor investigating a terrorist bombing accuses the Argentinian president of colluding with Iran. Four days later he is found dead in his bathroom with a single shot to the head. Alberto Nisman died in Buenos Aires, but the shockwaves of this mysterious murder, or suicide, spread across the globe to Israel, Iran and the United States. 6-episode series.

Ficción privada / Private Fiction
Andrés Di Tella
Argentina 
Over several days and nights, an actor and an actress read the correspondence between Torcuato and Kamala, the film director's parents, he from Argentina, and she from India. The letters, encompassing the decades from the 50s to the 70s, refer to love and idealism, record world travels, talk about socialism and psychoanalysis, about pain and broken dreams. Their reading rev...

Over several days and nights, an actor and an actress read the correspondence between Torcuato and Kamala, the film director's parents, he from Argentina, and she from India. The letters, encompassing the decades from the 50s to the 70s, refer to love and idealism, record world travels, talk about socialism and psychoanalysis, about pain and broken dreams. Their reading reveals a relationship between the actors, with similarities and differences. Meanwhile, with his own daughter, the director sets about solving the puzzle of the family memory, an intimate twentieth-century tale.

Giraffe
Anna Sofie Hartmann
Germany - Denmark 
A Danish summer: long days turn into blue nights. A tunnel is being built to connect Denmark and Germany. Three people meet and part ways again.

A Danish summer: long days turn into blue nights. A tunnel is being built to connect Denmark and Germany. Three people meet and part ways again.

Hatsukoi / First Love
Takashi Miike
Japan - UK 
Leo is a young boxer down on his luck who meets his 'first love', Monica, a call girl and a drug addict, but still an innocent. Unbeknownst to Leo, Monica is unwittingly caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme, and the two are pursued through the night by a corrupt cop, a yakuza, his nemesis, and a female assassin sent by the Chinese Triads. All of their fates intertwine.

Leo is a young boxer down on his luck who meets his 'first love', Monica, a call girl and a drug addict, but still an innocent. Unbeknownst to Leo, Monica is unwittingly caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme, and the two are pursued through the night by a corrupt cop, a yakuza, his nemesis, and a female assassin sent by the Chinese Triads. All of their fates intertwine.

Ich war zuhause, aber / I Was at Home, but
Angela Schanelec
Germany - Serbia  
Phillip, a thirteen-year-old schoolboy, disappears without a trace for a week. When he reappears, his mother is faced with questions that lead her to see her own life in a new light. She and his teachers can only guess what the boy was looking for, wondering whether he had been in the woods or was toying with death, triggered by his father’s passing. His mother is unable to a...

Phillip, a thirteen-year-old schoolboy, disappears without a trace for a week. When he reappears, his mother is faced with questions that lead her to see her own life in a new light. She and his teachers can only guess what the boy was looking for, wondering whether he had been in the woods or was toying with death, triggered by his father’s passing. His mother is unable to allow her son to live a life of his own on which she can only have a limited influence.  

L'Île aux oiseaux / Bird Island
Maya Kosa, Sergio da Costa
Switzerland 
After a long period of isolation, Antonin, a young man suffering from persisting exhaustion, rediscovers the world at a rehabilitation center for birds. In this strange place wounded birds and lost souls cohabit, lulled by the ubiquitous sound of airplanes.

After a long period of isolation, Antonin, a young man suffering from persisting exhaustion, rediscovers the world at a rehabilitation center for birds. In this strange place wounded birds and lost souls cohabit, lulled by the ubiquitous sound of airplanes.

Les enfants d'Isadora / Isadora's Children
Damien Manivel
France - South Korea 
Following the death of her two children in April 1913, the legendary dancer, Isadora Duncan, created a farewell solo entitled Mother in which, in a moment of extreme tenderness, a mother cradles her child for the last time before letting him go. A century later, four women encounter the heartrending dance.

Following the death of her two children in April 1913, the legendary dancer, Isadora Duncan, created a farewell solo entitled Mother in which, in a moment of extreme tenderness, a mother cradles her child for the last time before letting him go. A century later, four women encounter the heartrending dance.

Leyenda dorada / The Golden Legend
Ion de Sosa, Chema García Ibarra
Spain 
Zinemira Kimuak
A summer day in the municipal swimming pool: heat, teenagers, families, couples, dips, beers and sandwiches in the bar. An adolescent medium tries to locate someone by moving a pendulum over a map of Spain. In the midst of the ordinary goings on something extraordinary happens: a boy on the verge of drowning is saved by a person who walks on the water of the pool to get to him....

A summer day in the municipal swimming pool: heat, teenagers, families, couples, dips, beers and sandwiches in the bar. An adolescent medium tries to locate someone by moving a pendulum over a map of Spain. In the midst of the ordinary goings on something extraordinary happens: a boy on the verge of drowning is saved by a person who walks on the water of the pool to get to him. The miracle is accepted naturally by the other bathers and the summer afternoon continues as if nothing had happened. 

Lursaguak
Izibene Oñederra
Spain 
Zinemira Kimuak
As Hélène Cixous would say, we precisely live in this time when the conceptual basis of an age-old culture is being undermined by millions of moles of a species never seen before.

As Hélène Cixous would say, we precisely live in this time when the conceptual basis of an age-old culture is being undermined by millions of moles of a species never seen before.

Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui / The Wild Goose Lake
Diao Yinan
China - France 
Zhou Zenong is a gangster recently freed from jail who becomes a fugitive that same night when a gang meeting goes wrong, leaving a policeman dead. Attempting to hide while recovering from his wounds, Zhou meets Liu Aiai, a prostitute who may have been sent to help him, or perhaps to hand him over to the police detective in exchange for a large sum. Pursued by the gangs and by ...

Zhou Zenong is a gangster recently freed from jail who becomes a fugitive that same night when a gang meeting goes wrong, leaving a policeman dead. Attempting to hide while recovering from his wounds, Zhou meets Liu Aiai, a prostitute who may have been sent to help him, or perhaps to hand him over to the police detective in exchange for a large sum. Pursued by the gangs and by a herd of officers apparently encompassing the entire city of Wuhan, Zhou must decide just how much he’s willing to sacrifice both for this stranger and for the family he left behind.

Nimic
Yorgos Lanthimos
Germany - UK - USA 
A professional cellist has an encounter with a stranger on the subway which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life.

A professional cellist has an encounter with a stranger on the subway which has unexpected and far-reaching ramifications on his life.

Nos défaites / Our Defeats
Jean-Gabriel Périot
France 
How much strength do we have left to deal with today’s chaos? Nos défaites draws a picture of our relationship with politics through a game involving the restaging, by secondary school students, of extracts of films made post-May ’68, interspersed with interviews with these young actors. How do they perceive the world they’re growing up in? And, above all, would they cha...

How much strength do we have left to deal with today’s chaos? Nos défaites draws a picture of our relationship with politics through a game involving the restaging, by secondary school students, of extracts of films made post-May ’68, interspersed with interviews with these young actors. How do they perceive the world they’re growing up in? And, above all, would they change it, destroy it or build a new one?

Play
Anthony Marciano
France 
In 1993, thirteen-year-old Max receives his first video camera. From the 90s to the present day, Max has recorded everything: his friends, his successes, his heartbreaks, his first times... The essential and the futile. On the eve of the biggest decision of his existence, he edits the movie of his life. The movie of everyone's life.

In 1993, thirteen-year-old Max receives his first video camera. From the 90s to the present day, Max has recorded everything: his friends, his successes, his heartbreaks, his first times... The essential and the futile. On the eve of the biggest decision of his existence, he edits the movie of his life. The movie of everyone's life.

Répertoire des villes disparues / Ghost Town Anthology
Denis Côté
Canada 
In Irenee-les-Neiges, a small, isolated town with a population of 215, Simon Dube dies in a car accident. The stunned townspeople are reluctant to discuss the circumstances of the tragedy. From that point on, for the Dube family as well as for Mayor Smallwood and a handful of others, time seems to lose all meaning, and the days stretch on without end. Something descends slowly ...

In Irenee-les-Neiges, a small, isolated town with a population of 215, Simon Dube dies in a car accident. The stunned townspeople are reluctant to discuss the circumstances of the tragedy. From that point on, for the Dube family as well as for Mayor Smallwood and a handful of others, time seems to lose all meaning, and the days stretch on without end. Something descends slowly upon the area. In this period of mourning and in this fog, strangers start to appear. Who are they? What is happening?

Shakti
Martín Rejtman
Argentina - Chile 
Federico decides to break up with his girlfriend Magda, but she beats him to it. Federico falls into a deep depression. However, his life starts to change when he finds the frozen potato knishes that his grandmother had given him a few months before her death in his freezer.

Federico decides to break up with his girlfriend Magda, but she beats him to it. Federico falls into a deep depression. However, his life starts to change when he finds the frozen potato knishes that his grandmother had given him a few months before her death in his freezer.

Urpean lurra
Maddi Barber
Spain 
Almost two decades ago, the Itoiz dam flooded seven villages and three natural reserves on the Pyrenean hillside in Navarra. The ecologist group Solidari@s con Itoiz registered the fight against its construction. Today, those who were there dream of the land lying beneath the water on video. Their voices and gestures come together to tell the tale of an individual and collectiv...

Almost two decades ago, the Itoiz dam flooded seven villages and three natural reserves on the Pyrenean hillside in Navarra. The ecologist group Solidari@s con Itoiz registered the fight against its construction. Today, those who were there dream of the land lying beneath the water on video. Their voices and gestures come together to tell the tale of an individual and collective mourning still suffered today.

Zombi Child
Bertrand Bonello
France 
Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, at the prestigious Légion d'Honneur boarding school, a Haitian girl confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends - never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.

Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, at the prestigious Légion d'Honneur boarding school, a Haitian girl confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends - never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.

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