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2022. 70th Edition
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Opening Night Film
El vasco / Dear Grandma
Jabi Elortegi
Spain - Argentina 
Mikel has decided to change his life and accepts a distant relative's invitation to travel to Argentina and settle there. However, it's not long before he realises that his uncle Chelo is nothing more than an affable gambler and drinker who has nothing to offer him. As if that wasn't bad enough, things become even more complicated when Chelo's mother Amuma Dolor...

Mikel has decided to change his life and accepts a distant relative's invitation to travel to Argentina and settle there. However, it's not long before he realises that his uncle Chelo is nothing more than an affable gambler and drinker who has nothing to offer him. As if that wasn't bad enough, things become even more complicated when Chelo's mother Amuma Dolores awakens from a lethargy of ten years on hearing Mikel sing a lullaby in Basque and mistaking him for her brother Juanito, Mikel's grandfather. From then on, the whole village sets about making Dolores believe that she is still in her native Bermeo of the 50s. Mikel will have nothing better to do than act as peacemaker between Dolores' squabbling children, Chelo and Begoña, with the help and complicity of Inés, the eternally cheerful carer of Amuma Dolores.   

Closing film out of competition
Cinco lobitos / Lullaby
Alauda Ruiz de Azúa
Spain 
Amaia has recently become a mother. Her partner is away for months at a time and she is overwhelmed, unable to take care of her baby and return to her work as a translator. She decides to hole up at her parents house in the hope that they will take care of both herself and her baby in the place where she grew up, a pretty coastal town in the Basque Country. But life has other p...

Amaia has recently become a mother. Her partner is away for months at a time and she is overwhelmed, unable to take care of her baby and return to her work as a translator. She decides to hole up at her parents house in the hope that they will take care of both herself and her baby in the place where she grew up, a pretty coastal town in the Basque Country. But life has other plans; her mother falls ill and it is Amaia who has to look after them all. She finds herself obliged to live her mother's life of thirty years ago. She becomes a housewife, with an absent partner, in charge of a baby and an ailing grandmother. The family roles are reversed, forever changing their relations. The daughter becomes everyone's mother. Amaia, who had only loved her mother until now, will also start to understand her.

918 gau / 918 Nights
Arantza Santesteban
Spain 
WIP Europa 2020
Ikusmira Berriak 2018
On October 4th, 2007 Arantza, the director of the film, was detained and taken to prison. She remembers a few things about those days: endlessly walking around the prison exercise yard, swimming competitions, Rasha’s prison journey… After 918 nights locked up, Arantza is set free. From then onwards, she recorded her memories and doubts, which are heard throughout the docume...

On October 4th, 2007 Arantza, the director of the film, was detained and taken to prison. She remembers a few things about those days: endlessly walking around the prison exercise yard, swimming competitions, Rasha’s prison journey… After 918 nights locked up, Arantza is set free. From then onwards, she recorded her memories and doubts, which are heard throughout the documentary as a kind of fragmented memoir.

Bi arnas
Jon Mikel Fernandez Elorz
Spain 
This story is the tale of two breaths: that of Iratxe Sorzabal and that of Mari Nieves Díaz, Iratxe's mother. Both, each in their own way, have suffered the lack of breath caused by torture, together with many other kinds of suffering. Bi arnas is a testimonial on torture, the reflection of an injustice and a dialogue never offered before.

This story is the tale of two breaths: that of Iratxe Sorzabal and that of Mari Nieves Díaz, Iratxe's mother. Both, each in their own way, have suffered the lack of breath caused by torture, together with many other kinds of suffering. Bi arnas is a testimonial on torture, the reflection of an injustice and a dialogue never offered before.

Gesto
Xuban Intxausti
Spain 
Gesto is a journey through the memory of the Basque pacifism that worked during 30 years for peace and against violence in the Basque Country. This voyage undertaken by the protagonists of Gesto por la paz through visualizing images of the past, invites the spectator to see how the grounds, the actions and the ethical principles of the pacifist organisation remain valid today. ...

Gesto is a journey through the memory of the Basque pacifism that worked during 30 years for peace and against violence in the Basque Country. This voyage undertaken by the protagonists of Gesto por la paz through visualizing images of the past, invites the spectator to see how the grounds, the actions and the ethical principles of the pacifist organisation remain valid today. The film aims, above all, to pay homage to all citizens who peacefully demonstrated against violence and defended the respect for the Human Rights of all people. 

Karpeta urdinak / Blue Files
Ander Iriarte
Spain - France 
Like many others, Ander suspects that what his father really suffered in that police station was torture. Seeking to clarify his suspicions, he will discover the Project of investigation into torture and abuse in the Basque Country between 1960-2014 drafted by the Basque Country as part of the Peace and Coexistence Plan. Appalled by the results published in the investigati...

Like many others, Ander suspects that what his father really suffered in that police station was torture. Seeking to clarify his suspicions, he will discover the Project of investigation into torture and abuse in the Basque Country between 1960-2014 drafted by the Basque Country as part of the Peace and Coexistence Plan. Appalled by the results published in the investigation, he meets the doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and lawyers who participated in the project, who will introduce him to concepts such as "psychological torture", the "Istanbul Protocol" and "statistical approximation" and will show him the reality of torture in the global north.

My Way Out
Izaskun Arandia
Spain 
The legendary transgender club The Way Out celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. The documentary looks back at the last three decades in the London trans scene, discovering the club's impact on the transgender community through interviews and archive footage. The club closed in March 2020 for the first time in 28 years due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. What does the f...

The legendary transgender club The Way Out celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. The documentary looks back at the last three decades in the London trans scene, discovering the club's impact on the transgender community through interviews and archive footage. The club closed in March 2020 for the first time in 28 years due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. What does the future hold for this unique place?

Contadores / Counters
Irati Gorostidi
Spain  - (Short film)
Zinemira Kimuak
1978. While talks are going on for a new agreement in the metal industry, a group of libertarian militants encourage their fellow factory workers to defend their radical position. Meanwhile, they watch in dismay as the workers’ movement becomes fragmented.

1978. While talks are going on for a new agreement in the metal industry, a group of libertarian militants encourage their fellow factory workers to defend their radical position. Meanwhile, they watch in dismay as the workers’ movement becomes fragmented.

Cuerdas / Chords
Estibaliz Urresola
Spain  - (Short film)
Zinemira Kimuak
Rita belongs to a women’s choir on the point of breaking up because they have lost the municipal grant that allowed them to pay the rental on their rehearsal room. Now the group has to decide whether or not to accept sponsorship from one of the companies responsible for causing most pollution in the valley.  

Rita belongs to a women’s choir on the point of breaking up because they have lost the municipal grant that allowed them to pay the rental on their rehearsal room. Now the group has to decide whether or not to accept sponsorship from one of the companies responsible for causing most pollution in the valley.  

Fe / Faith
Maider Fernández Iriarte
Spain  - (Short film)
Zinemira Kimuak
The Virgin appeared to Sofía. Then she travelled to Lourdes and was cured of something incurable. In another time and another place, a group of doctors meet to discuss her case. What happens when science and religion meet?

The Virgin appeared to Sofía. Then she travelled to Lourdes and was cured of something incurable. In another time and another place, a group of doctors meet to discuss her case. What happens when science and religion meet?

Hemen bizi da maitasuna / Here Lives Love
Ainhoa Olaso, Enara García
Spain  - (Short film)
Zinemira Kimuak
Matixa, 22, lives with her parents. Her bedroom and her stability are in disarray: the situation is explosive. Helped by her friend Leire, she looks for support outside the family. Convinced that cutting ties with her mother will make her freer, she decides to leave home.

Matixa, 22, lives with her parents. Her bedroom and her stability are in disarray: the situation is explosive. Helped by her friend Leire, she looks for support outside the family. Convinced that cutting ties with her mother will make her freer, she decides to leave home.

Hirugarren koadernoa / The Third Notebook
Lur Olaizola
Spain  - (Short film)
Not in competition
Zinemira Kimuak
An actress and a filmmaker rehearse a movie script. The screenplay includes excerpts from the diary written by María Dolores González Katarain, Yoyes, during her exile in Mexico between 1980 and 1985, after having left ETA. As the script progresses, hints and references to other women appear amongst Yoyes’s words: Ulrike Meinhof, Simone de Beauvoir, Rocío Díazescobar, Ale...

An actress and a filmmaker rehearse a movie script. The screenplay includes excerpts from the diary written by María Dolores González Katarain, Yoyes, during her exile in Mexico between 1980 and 1985, after having left ETA. As the script progresses, hints and references to other women appear amongst Yoyes’s words: Ulrike Meinhof, Simone de Beauvoir, Rocío Díazescobar, Alexandra Kollontai, Tina Modotti. Meanwhile, outside it grows darker.

Irrits / Thirst
Maider Oleaga
Spain  - (Short film)
Zinemira Kimuak
Izaro and Clara, both 17, work as instructors at a children’s summer camp. On a hot summer’s day, Clara gives her friend Izaro a passionate kiss. Izaro, filled with desire, feels confused as she tries to process what has happened to her and is willing to follow wherever Clara wants to take her.

Izaro and Clara, both 17, work as instructors at a children’s summer camp. On a hot summer’s day, Clara gives her friend Izaro a passionate kiss. Izaro, filled with desire, feels confused as she tries to process what has happened to her and is willing to follow wherever Clara wants to take her.

Lanbroa / Mist
Aitzol Saratxaga
Spain  - (Short film)
Zinemira Kimuak
Father and daughter live in an isolated, inhospitable forest, terrified by a mist that emerges from between the trees and that has a devastating effect on the minds and bodies of all living things. While they try and protect themselves, the mist grows closer and closer.

Father and daughter live in an isolated, inhospitable forest, terrified by a mist that emerges from between the trees and that has a devastating effect on the minds and bodies of all living things. While they try and protect themselves, the mist grows closer and closer.

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