Barcelona, Catalonia. From March 1-30th Barcelona’s Euskal Etxea will be the host of Zinemaldia 2012, the Basque film festival that presents some of the Basque Country’s latest works by filmmakers, actors and archivists.
According to the Euskal Etxea, this seventh edition of the festival represents a consolidated event within the larger cultural project in Barcelona. The difference is that Zinemaldia provides an opportunity to the Catalan public, as well as to the Basque community there, to see quality films that are not usually available in commercial film circuits. It is also worth noting that all screenings are free and open to the public which is much appreciated in these times of crisis.
Finally, and as every year, the festival will attempt to create a dialogue between the filmmakers and the audience through presentations and symposia. This year Zinemaldia has managed to have the director or one of the actors in attendance to present each film and answer audience questions. During the month of March the Basque club will then be visited by the likes of Telmo Esnal ("Urte berri on, Amona!"), Alberto Gorritiberea ("Arriya") and Asier Altuna ("Bertsolari"), Catalan actress Montserrat Carulla and musician Fermin Muguruza, director of the documentary series "Next Music Station,” who will present the chapter "Lebanon."
All sessions are free and open to the public and will take place at the Euskal Etxea, except for March 2nd, that will take place outside at the Passeig del Born.
"Gartxot" (Animation). Symposium with the director Asisko Urmeneta.
Kimuak (shorts). At the Passeig del Born.
"Next Music Station: Lebanon" (Documentary). Symposium with the directorr Fermin Muguruza.
"Azken bidaia-the Last Step" (Drama). Symposium with Lurre Telleria and Enara Goikoetxea.
"Urte Berri On, amona!" (Black comedy). Symposium with the director Telmo Esnal and actress Montserrat Carulla.
"Flysch" (Documentary). Symposium with the director Alberto J. Gorritiberea.
"Arriya" (Drama). Symposium with the director Alberto J. Gorritiberea.
"Bertsolari" (Documentary). Symposium with the director Asier Altuna.
Basque Students short film contest
"Bi anai" (Drama). Symposium with Imanol Rayo.
"Virgen Negra" (Short). Symposium with director Raul de la Fuente.
"Mugaldekoak" (Drama). Symposium with directors Mireia Gabilondo and Fernando Bernues.
-For more information about Zinemaldia 2012 on the Euskal Etxea blog, here