Festival de San Sebastián


San Sebastian International Film Festival (SSIFF)
2022-09-16 / 2022-09-24

GENRE
Generalist

Area
International

Class
Category A

Typology
Generalist

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San Sebastian International Film Festival (SSIFF): BASQUE. AUDIOVISUAL. Presents

SURO

Elena and Ivan set out to build a new life in the cork-tree forests, but their different views as to how to live on the land emerge, challenging their future as a couple.

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THE RITE OF SPRING

THE RITE OF SPRING is a story about growing up and learning to relate to pleasure and fear, who one truly is and about how the most unexpected encounter can change our life.

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TO BOOKS AND WOMEN I SING

A woman was almost called ‘Avioneta’ (Small Airplane) at birth. Another had a library in the back seat of her car. Yet another fractures her finger with the rebel shelves of her bookshop. Lectors read to cigar makers while they work. Women remember poems while they iron. And to them all I sing. Standing against fire, water, moths, dust, ignorance and fanaticism, an anonymous female army looks after books. An intimate resistance, lacking epic events, revolution or weapons.

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BLACK IS BELTZA II: AINHOA

Ainhoa was born by a miracle in La Paz (Bolivia), after the death of her mother Amanda in a simulated car accident. She grew up in Cuba and in 1988, at the age of 21, she traveled to the Basque Country to discover the land of her father Manex. In the midst of repression and political conflict, she meets Josune, a committed journalist, and her gang of friends. After one of them dies of a heroin overdose, Ainhoa and Josune set out on an initiatory journey that will take them across Lebanon, Afghanistan and the city of Marseille. These are the last years of the Cold War and they will delve into the dark world of drug trafficking networks and their close links to political plots.

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CHORDS

The women’s choir to which Rita (90) belongs is in danger of breaking up because they’ve lost the municipal subsidy which allowed them to rent their rehearsal room. Now the choir has to decide whether or not to accept sponsorship by one of the companies causing most pollution in the valley, a sponsorship that would guarantee the choir’s existence.

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THIRD NOTEBOOK

An actress and a filmmaker rehearse a film script. The script gathers fragments from the diary that María Dolores González Katarain, Yoyes, wrote during her exile in Mexico between 1980 and 1985, right after she quit ETA, the armed organization she had led for some time. As the script unfolds, glimpses and references to other women gradually emerge amidst Yoyes' words: Ulrike Meinhof, Simone de Beauvoir, Rocío Díazescobar, Alexandra Kollontai, Tina Modotti. Meanwhile, it gets darker outside.

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DEAR GRANDMA

Mikel has decided that his life needs a drastic change and so he accepts the invitation from a distant relative to travel to Argentina and restart his life there. But it won’t be long after his arrival before Mikel realizes that his “uncle” Chelo is no more than a happy-go-lucky gambling addict and alcoholic, with absolutely nothing to offer him. As if this wasn’t bad enough, things start to go even further downhill when grandma Dolores, Chelo’s mom, wakes from a ten-year sleep after hearing Mikel sing a lullaby in the Basque language and confuses him with Juanito, her brother and Mikel’s grandfather. From this moment on, the whole village will embark on a madcap plan to convince Dolores that she’s still in her home town in the Basque country of the 1950’s. Mikel now suddenly finds himself in the middle of Chelo and Begoña, Dolores’ two, squabbling children, with whom he will have to try and broker the peace, aided only by the helpful and understanding Ines, Amuma Dolores’ ever-cheerful carer.

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LULLABY

Amalia, who has just become a mother, decides to return for guidance after her partner is temporarily away, to her parents' house along the Basque coast.

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MY WAY OUT

A Saturday night at London's legendary trans club The Way Out. Owner Vicky Lee reflects on 3 decades of the club and the effect it has had on the lives of many in the trans community. Regular clients of the club share how the Way Out has helped them overcome very traumatic problems of abuse, social and family rejection, and mental health. A safe place, a special place... we all need our own Way Out.

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918 NIGHTS

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.

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BLUE FILES

Ander believes that, like many others, what his father suffered in prison was torture. While he resolves his suspicions, he immerses himself in the world of forensic doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists and lawyers who have elaborated the "Research project on torture and ill-treatment in the Basque Country between 1960-2014". Along them, he delves into concepts such as psychological torture or the Istanbul Protocol, giving us an insight into the reality of torture in the global north.

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BI ARNAS

“Bi arnas” is a testimony about torture. It reflects injustice and presents a conversation which has never been heard before. There are two protagonists: a mother, Maria Nieves Diaz, and her tortured daughter,Iratxe Sorzabal. This documentary tells the story of two breaths: on the one hand Iratxe Sorzabal breath; on the other, her mother`s, Mari Nieves Diaz. Both, each on their own way, have been suffocated by torture.

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STILLNESS IN THE STORM

Lara returns from Paris with her partner, ready to settle in Donostia. Daniel has never left the city; He lives with his girlfriend and works for his mother's real estate company. Lara and Daniel's paths meet when visiting an apartment for sale, but this may not be the first time their lives have crossed. Between the past and the present, the story explores the love relationship of two people whose lives, in other circumstances, in other times, could have taken other paths.

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KEPA JUNKERA. COME TO LIFE AGAIN

Kepa Junkera left the stage on the 6th of December of 2018 in Ghent, Belgium. He vanished, his accordion went silent. The news mentioned a stroke, an urgent admission to hospital, a recovery process, and then nothing. The self-taught Basque artist who had elevated the trikitixa and the popular Basque music to their highest level, who had released an album almost every year during his 40-year career, disappeared without a trace.

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