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Zabaltegi-Tabakalera
2021. 69th Edition
Zabaltegi - Tabakalera
Zabaltegi - Tabakalera
Films
Films
Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc / Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Radu Jude
Romania - Luxembourg - Czech Republic - Croatia 
Emi, a schoolteacher, finds her reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is uploaded onto the internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender. It's a film in three loosely connected parts: a walk in the city of Bucharest, then a playful essay on obscenities, all culminating, in the third part, in an incendiary comical confront...

Emi, a schoolteacher, finds her reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is uploaded onto the internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender. It's a film in three loosely connected parts: a walk in the city of Bucharest, then a playful essay on obscenities, all culminating, in the third part, in an incendiary comical confrontation.

Cenzorka / 107 Mothers
Péter Kerekes
Slovakia - Czech Republic - Ukraine 
Lesya has committed a crime of passion which brings her a seven-year sentence in one of Odessa's women's correctional facilities. She has just given birth to her first child, and now she is entering a world populated only by women: inmates, nurses and wardens, women of all ages, wives and widows, daughters, sisters, pregnant women, and women with children too. If not fo...

Lesya has committed a crime of passion which brings her a seven-year sentence in one of Odessa's women's correctional facilities. She has just given birth to her first child, and now she is entering a world populated only by women: inmates, nurses and wardens, women of all ages, wives and widows, daughters, sisters, pregnant women, and women with children too. If not for the color of the uniform, it would sometimes be hard to tell who is who.

El gran movimiento
Kiro Russo
Bolivia - France 
Ikusmira Berriak II
A symphony of the city in the heights, the illness of a worker, the nightmare and his redemption.

A symphony of the city in the heights, the illness of a worker, the nightmare and his redemption.

Eles transportan a morte / They Carry Death
Helena Girón, Samuel M. Delgado
Spain - Colombia 
Ikusmira Berriak III
1492. Travelling among the crew captained by Christopher Columbus are two men who should have been dead by now. They have managed to avoid their sad fate by signing up for the uncertain voyage. But on reaching the Canary Islands the men flee, taking one of the ship’s sails with them. Meanwhile, in the Old World, a woman tries to save her dying sister by taking her to a healer...

1492. Travelling among the crew captained by Christopher Columbus are two men who should have been dead by now. They have managed to avoid their sad fate by signing up for the uncertain voyage. But on reaching the Canary Islands the men flee, taking one of the ship’s sails with them. Meanwhile, in the Old World, a woman tries to save her dying sister by taking her to a healer. Both journeys try to outwit death. Both journeys are at the mercy of time and history.

Haruharasan no uta / Haruhara-san's Recorder
Kyoshi Sugita
Japan 
Starting to work part-time at a cafe after quitting her job as a curator at an art museum, Sachi moves into an apartment recommended by a regular at the cafe. The whole renewal of her job and address is an attempt to overcome the suicide of her partner, Yuki, when they were living together. Yet, while Yuki can never be seen again, her image remains in Sachi's mind and the i...

Starting to work part-time at a cafe after quitting her job as a curator at an art museum, Sachi moves into an apartment recommended by a regular at the cafe. The whole renewal of her job and address is an attempt to overcome the suicide of her partner, Yuki, when they were living together. Yet, while Yuki can never be seen again, her image remains in Sachi's mind and the illusion still appears in front of her eyes.

La traversée / The Crossing
Florence Miailhe
France - Germany - Czech Republic 
A small village looted in darkness, a family forced to flee. The two oldest children, Kyona and Adriel are quickly separated from their parents facing the road of exile alone. They embark on a heroic journey which takes them from childhood to adolescence in search of shelter, peace and the hope of finding refuge and their family. Crossing a continent torn apart by war and migra...

A small village looted in darkness, a family forced to flee. The two oldest children, Kyona and Adriel are quickly separated from their parents facing the road of exile alone. They embark on a heroic journey which takes them from childhood to adolescence in search of shelter, peace and the hope of finding refuge and their family. Crossing a continent torn apart by war and migrant persecution, these courageous siblings survive incredible challenges.

Le cormoran / The Cormoran
Lubna Playoust
France 
A mother and her son are secluded in their house on an isolated island where two moments of their lives will intertwine -youth and maturity- and where the bonds of their fragile but indestructible relationship are forged. 

A mother and her son are secluded in their house on an isolated island where two moments of their lives will intertwine -youth and maturity- and where the bonds of their fragile but indestructible relationship are forged. 

Les filles du feu / My Friends and the Fire
Laura Rius Aran
France 
Magdalena, Oriane, Anna, Solène and Morgane. It has been ten years since they last saw each other. When they were sixteen, they went together on a girl's trip. In a beautiful house, facing the sea. They went to the beach, drank a bit of wine, danced... And then everything burned.

Magdalena, Oriane, Anna, Solène and Morgane. It has been ten years since they last saw each other. When they were sixteen, they went together on a girl's trip. In a beautiful house, facing the sea. They went to the beach, drank a bit of wine, danced... And then everything burned.

Mi iubita, mon amour
Noémie Merlant
France 
Jeanne is traveling to Romania to celebrate her bachelorette party with her friends when she meets Nino and her family. They are worlds away from one another, yet for the two of them it is the beginning of a passionate and timeless summer.

Jeanne is traveling to Romania to celebrate her bachelorette party with her friends when she meets Nino and her family. They are worlds away from one another, yet for the two of them it is the beginning of a passionate and timeless summer.

Nanu Tudor / My Uncle Tudor
Olga Lucovnicova
Belgium 
After 20 years of silence, the filmmaker returns to the house of her great-grandparents, where she witnessed harmful events that left a deep imprint forever engraved in her memory. Her attempt to overcome the past contrasts with the long-awaited family gathering.

After 20 years of silence, the filmmaker returns to the house of her great-grandparents, where she witnessed harmful events that left a deep imprint forever engraved in her memory. Her attempt to overcome the past contrasts with the long-awaited family gathering.

Petrov's Flu
Kirill Serebrennikov
Russia - France - Switzerland - Germany 
Post-Soviet Russia. A day in the life of the Petrov family during a flu epidemic. Affected by the disease, he is a delusional comic book artist. She is a librarian with a taste for killing abusive men. Beneath layers of the ordinary, things turn out to be quite extraordinary.

Post-Soviet Russia. A day in the life of the Petrov family during a flu epidemic. Affected by the disease, he is a delusional comic book artist. She is a librarian with a taste for killing abusive men. Beneath layers of the ordinary, things turn out to be quite extraordinary.

Razzhimaya kulaki / Unclenching the Fists
Kira Kovalenko
Russia 
High in the mountains of North Ossetia the small mining town of Mizur nestles between the sheer cliffs. Following certain dramatic events, Zaur moved his children Ada, Akim and Dakko here. Zaur is a strict father who prizes discipline above all and doesn't feel the difference between care and overprotection. His eldest son, Akim, already escaped from his father to work in R...

High in the mountains of North Ossetia the small mining town of Mizur nestles between the sheer cliffs. Following certain dramatic events, Zaur moved his children Ada, Akim and Dakko here. Zaur is a strict father who prizes discipline above all and doesn't feel the difference between care and overprotection. His eldest son, Akim, already escaped from his father to work in Rostov, the closest city to Mizur. His younger brother, Dakko, has yet to decide what he wants from life, and their sister Ada is actively planning her escape. She is a grown woman but her father still treats her as a baby. Ada will soon realize that it will be very hard to escape her father's embrace and begin her own new life. The return of Akim will illuminate the family's unspoken and unhealed traumas.

Retour à Reims (Fragments) / Returning to Reims
Jean-Gabriel Périot
France 
Freely adapted from the eponymous novel by Didier Eribon, Returning to Reims tells in archives an intimate and political story of the French working class from the beginning of the 1950s until today.

Freely adapted from the eponymous novel by Didier Eribon, Returning to Reims tells in archives an intimate and political story of the French working class from the beginning of the 1950s until today.

The Souvenir: Part II
Joanna Hogg
UK 
In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship with a charismatic and manipulative older man, Julie begins to untangle her fraught love for him in making her graduation film, sorting fact from his elaborately constructed fiction. Joanna Hogg's shimmering story of first love and a young woman's formative years, The Souvenir: Part II is a portrait of the artist that tran...

In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship with a charismatic and manipulative older man, Julie begins to untangle her fraught love for him in making her graduation film, sorting fact from his elaborately constructed fiction. Joanna Hogg's shimmering story of first love and a young woman's formative years, The Souvenir: Part II is a portrait of the artist that transcends the halting particulars of everyday life - a singular, alchemic mix of memoir and fantasy.

Un monde / Playground
Laura Wandel
Belgium 
Belgium. Nowadays. 7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel are back at school. When Nora witnesses Abel being bullied by other kids, she rushes to protect him by warning their father. But Abel forces her to remain silent. Caught in a conflict of loyalty, Nora will ultimately try to find her place, torn between children's and adult's worlds.

Belgium. Nowadays. 7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel are back at school. When Nora witnesses Abel being bullied by other kids, she rushes to protect him by warning their father. But Abel forces her to remain silent. Caught in a conflict of loyalty, Nora will ultimately try to find her place, torn between children's and adult's worlds.

Vortex
Gaspar Noé
France 
"Life is a short party that will soon be forgotten".

"Life is a short party that will soon be forgotten".

Xia wu guo qu le yi ban / Day is Done
Zhang Dalei
China 
Xiao Lei returns to his grandfather's house. It is still the same compound and family, but wrinkles have formed on his parents' faces. Xiao Lei, who is never without his nunchucks, has grown up. Life in grandpa's little house was always calm and slow; even the trivial daily routines between the family members are gentle and warm.

Xiao Lei returns to his grandfather's house. It is still the same compound and family, but wrinkles have formed on his parents' faces. Xiao Lei, who is never without his nunchucks, has grown up. Life in grandpa's little house was always calm and slow; even the trivial daily routines between the family members are gentle and warm.

Heltzear
Mikel Gurrea
Spain 
Zinemira Kimuak
San Sebastian, the year 2000. The Basque conflict is ongoing. While writing a letter to her absent brother, Sara, a 15-year-old mountain climber, trains for the hardest ascent of her life.

San Sebastian, the year 2000. The Basque conflict is ongoing. While writing a letter to her absent brother, Sara, a 15-year-old mountain climber, trains for the hardest ascent of her life.

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