2017 Program

March 10th - Gartxot

April 7th - Gernika

May 5th - Jai Alai Blues

Sep 8th - Amaren Ideia

Oct 6th - Lejos del Mar

Oct 30th - Elgarrekin - Together

 

 

 

Gartxot

 

 

   

Gartxot is a Twelfth Century minstrel from the Pyrenees who is sent into exile by the new Abbot of Roncevallis. This Abbot's goals are to capture Gartxot's only son, Mikelot, and forcefully convert him into a singing monk. After being captured and tortured, the child manages to escape and sings once again beside his father having him promise to never allow them to lock him up in the monastery again. Their songs become a symbol of the struggle against oppression. Time and time again with the help of folk, they manage to shake the authorities off. In the end, as authorities manage to surround them, Gartxot remembers his promise to his only son leading to a tragedy that to this day is remembered.

 

   

Gartxot, trailer with English subtitles from Somuga on Vimeo.

 

 

2011, directed by Asisko Urmeneta, Juanjo Elordi, 90 minutes, color,

in Euskara with English Subtitles.

 

 

Friday, March 10th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 


 

Gernika

 

 

   

1937 Spain: lines are being drawn, sides are being chosen and the world will never be the same. As the citizens of the Basque village of Gernika (Bizkaia) live with the day-to-day realities of the Spanish Civil War, an American journalist (James D'Arcy) secretly joins forces with a local press-office censor (María Valverde) to work against the stringent restrictions that are becoming more common. But everything changes when German forces attack the town, and the freedom of the press becomes a vital weapon. Based on the historical events of the bombing that set the stage for World War II.

 

   
 

 

2016, directed by Koldo Serra, 111 minutes, color,

in English, Euskara & Castilian with English Subtitles.

 

 

 

Koldo Serra was born in Bilbao in 1975. He studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Specialized in Audiovisual Media) in the University of the Basque Country. After that, he directed the short films Amor de madre (written and directed in collaboration with Gorka Vázquez) and El Tren de la Bruja. Both chosen and awarded in several festivals around the world, such as The Golden Méliès to Best Fantastic European Shortfilm in Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival.
He directed his first feature film The Backwoods in 2006, and in his second feature Gernika was released in 2016.

Friday, April 7th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

 

 


 

 

Jai Alai Blues

 

 

   

A documentary narrating the incredible story of the Jai Alai through its most iconic characters. A great many similarities can be drawn between the biography of our characters and the actual history of the Jai Alai. Beginnings in humble surroundings, huge successes all over the world in pelota courts packed to the hilt with distinguish publics, losses of identity due to adapting a traditional game to societies with completely different values...

 

   
 

 

2015, directed by Gorka Bilbao Ramos, 110 minutes, color,

in English, Euskara & Castilian with English Subtitles.

 

 

 

 

 

Since 1994, Gorka Bilbao Ramos has been developing his activity in the field of internet video (web-clips, video-editorials, etc.) for different commercial brands while working on the production and screenplay for commercial and corporate making of videos and all kinds of audiovisual support for promoting and marketing different companies. He is the audiovisual provider for the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and for the Tabakalera contemporary art centre in San Sebastian. He collaborated as a co-creator and assistant director on the documentary Amerikanuak (2010) screened at the San Sebastian Festival.

Friday, May 5th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Amaren Ideia

 Mum's Idea

 

   

During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), hundreds of children were evacuated out of their homes in the Basque Country. This documentary tells the story of three of them.


Mexico City, June 11th, 2008: 83 years old Lucia, Alfredo 81, and José 80, jump on a plane to Bilbao. The three of them were born in different parts of the Basque Country. But in 1937, they were forced to leave their homes and families because of the Spanish Civil War. Seventy-one years later, they return to their homeland, together with many others, who like them, will receive a homage.

 

   


2010, directed by Maider Oleaga, 80 minutes, color,
in Castilian & Euskara with English Subtitles.

 

 

Maider Oleaga has written and directed the documentaries Pepita Embil, La reina de la Zarzuela (Spain, 2012), Esperanza (Bolivia, 2012), Amaren Ideia (México, 2010) and the fictional shorts Sitios prestados al aire (Mexico, 2010), En coincidencia (Spain, 2003) and Sarah. Mirándote (Spain, 2001). In Spain and Mexico, she has worked on the directorial team of features including La pelota vasca. La piel contra la piedra (The Basque Ball. Skin Against Stone, Julio Médem, 2002), Entre dos mundos. La historia de Gonzalo Guerrero (Fernando González Sitges, 2012), The Fifth Patient (Amir Mann, 2007) and Apokalipto (Mel Gibson, 2006).

Friday, September 8th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

 


 

 

Lejos del Mar

 Far From the Sea

 

   

When Santi is released from jail he travels south to visit his friend and former cellmate Emilio, afflicted with a terminal illness. Unexpectedly, he runs into Marina, the doctor caring for his friend, with whom Santi had a terrible encounter many years back that has affected both of their lives ever since. This meeting will revive the horrors of the past.

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2015, directed by Imanol Uribe, 105 minutes, color
In Castilian with English subtitles.

 

 

Imanol Uribe, director, writer and producer, has won San Sebastian Festival’s Golden Shell twice, with Días contados (1994), which also won the Best Film, Best Director and another six Goyas in 1995, and with Bwana (1996). Previously, at the same Festival, he won the Pearl of the Cantabrian Award for Best Spanish Language Film with El proceso de Burgos (The Burgos Trial, 1979). With Miel de naranjas (Orange Honey, 2012) he reaped Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Malaga Festival. Other major titles in his directorial work are La fuga de Segovia (Escape from Segovia, 1981), La muerte de Mikel (Mikel’s Death, 1983), El rey pasmado (The Dumfounded King, 1991) and El viaje de Carol (Carol’s Journey, 2002).

Friday, October 6th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

 

 


 

 

Elkarrekin - Together

 

 

 

 

An expedition of Basque archaeologists travels to a remote island on the east coast of the United States. Ancient documents show that the spot was the setting of a story of meeting and cooperation between Basque whalers and American natives. Beneath the mist and amid a maze of stones and trees, we follow the members of the expedition in their search. If they find what they dream of, they’ll show that another world was possible, that another world is possible.

 

 

   
 

2017, directed by Pablo Iraburu & Miguel Molina, 93 minutes, color,
in Euskara & Castilian with English Subtitles.

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 30th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080