2018 Program

Friday, March 9th, To Remember is Forbidden & Las Pelotaris

Friday, April 13th, Igelak (Frogs)

Friday, May 4th, Yoyes

Friday, September 7th, Handia

Friday, October 5th, Brujas de Zugarramurdi

 

 

 

Prohibido Recordar & Las Pelotaris

 

Prohibido Recordar

To Remember is Forbidden

 

   

The days of Saturraran as a luxury spa ended abruptly during and after the Spanish Civil War when it became a site of suffering for thousands of women imprisoned under Franco's regime. Between 1937 and 1944, two thousand women between the ages of 16 and 80 classified as "reds", or Republicans, were sent to Saturraran from all over Spain.

 

   
 

2010, directed by Josu Martinez & Txaber Larreategi, 53 minutes, color, in Castilian & Euskara with English Subtitles.

 

Friday, March 9th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

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

 


 

Las Pelotaris

 

 

   

A story about a group of enthusiast women who try to make, with enormous sacrifices, their way of life in a sport which they feel true passion: the Pelota or Jai Alai. Despite their achievements in the court and championships, it is hard for them to gain recognition in a narrow universe predominantly ruled by and for men.

Las pelotaris – A girls game’ is a story of optimism, challenges and paradoxes.

 

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2015, directed by Daniel Burgui Iguzkiza & Andrés Salaberri Pueyo, 27 minutes, color, in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Basque
with English subtitles

 

Friday, March 9th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

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

 


 

Igelak

Frogs

 

 

   

 Pello, a bank branch manager, is arrested on charges of embezzlement. Abandoned by his superior (who got him involved in the heist), Pello escapes from the court room and goes on the run.

With no papers, no money and no family or friends he can trust, he changes identity so that he can stay undercover for a time.

By chance he ends up hiding in a building that has been occupied by a group of people evicted from their homes who are fighting his bank. Pello gains their trust, all the time planning to steal money from them to pay for false documentation so that he can escape abroad and start a new life.

 

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2016, directed by Patxo Telleria, 97 minutes, color,
in Euskara with English Subtitles.

 

Friday, April 13th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

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

 


 

Yoyes

 

 

 

 

 

The story of Basque freedom fighter Yoyes, born Dolores Gonzalez. In 1973, Yoyes joined the fledgling Basque militant group ETA where she played an important role, but became disillusioned following a lethal bombing. Going into exile for years, Yoyes finally returns to the Basque country with her husband and daughter, but is targeted by her former ETA colleagues as a traitor.

 

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2000, directed by Helena Taberna, 104 minutes, color,
in Castilian with English Subtitles.

 

 

Helena Taberna

Helena Taberna started her audiovisual career as New Technologies Coordinator with the Government of Navarre. She has dedicated her working life exclusively to the cinema since 1994. Her films, long and short, have received critical and audience acclaim while landing numerous accolades at national and international festivals.
 

Yoyes, Helena Taberna's first feature, was released in March 2000, obtaining important box-office takings. Yoyes was one of the Spanish productions to win most international awards that year.

 

Friday, May 4th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

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

 


 

 

Handia

 

 

   

 

Having fought in the First Carlist War, Martin returns to his family farm in Gipuzkoa only to find that his younger brother, Joaquín, towers over him in height. Convinced that everyone will want to pay to see the tallest man on Earth, the siblings set out on a long trip all over Europe, during which ambition, money and fame will forever change the family’s fate. A story based on true events.

 

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2017 Irizar Basque Film Award at the San Sebastian
International Film festival for the best Basque film

 

   

HANDIA TRAILER VOSI H264 from Film Factory Entertainment S.L on Vimeo.

 

2017, directed by Aitor Arregi , Jon Garaño, 114 minutes,
color, in Euskara with English Subtitles.

 

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

Free Admission.

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

 


 

 

Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi

 

 

   

 

An absurd, racy comedy starring a group of desperate thieves who rob a Cash-for-Gold shop in Madrid's Puerta del Sol and make a crazy dash for Disneyland with one of the heister's sons in tow. But on the border with France, they fall into the hands of Basque witches who apply themselves diligently to the ancient customs of their craft and bringing the men down a peg or two.

 

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2013, directed by Álex de la Iglesia, 112 minutes,
color, in Castilian with English Subtitles.

 

 

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

Free Admission.

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