Montreal, Québec. Twelve Basque films will be shown over two weeks by directors that have filmed in Euskera or Spanish, the majority of which debuted in the last decade. The proposal organized by the Euskadiko Filmategia-Basque Film Archives, and the Cinémathèque Quebecois, is part of the “Saison Quebec-Basque Country,” presented in the Tabakalera, Donostia in March. The series began on September 9th and will run through September 24, 2021.
After showing Dantza (2018), by Telmo Esnal: Ander (2009), by Roberto Castón; Irrintziaren oihartzunak (2016), by Iratxe Fresneda; and Amama (2015) by Asier Altuna, the sessions of the Cinémathèque Quebecois will continue this week following according to this program:
-Monday, September 13th , 21hs: Oreina (2018), by Koldo Almandoz
-Wednesday, September 15th, 21hs: Handia (2017), by Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi
-Friday, September 17th, 21hs: Hil kanpaiak (2020), by Imanol Rayo
-Saturday, September 18th, 21hs: Erlauntza (2020), by Mireia Gabilondo
-Sunday, September 19th, 18:30hs: Black is Beltza (2018), by Fermin Muguruza
-Monday, September 20th, 18:30hs: Un otoño sin Berlín (2015), by Lara Izagirre
-Tuesday, September 21st, 21hs: Vacas (1992), by Julio Médem
-Friday, September 24th, 21hs: Tasio (1984), by Montxo Armendáriz
This Basque film series in Montreal is part of an exchange since in April, Bilbao and Donostia hosted a film series from Quebec, which also focused on contemporary production.
The “Saison Quebec-Basque Country,” is a cultural and artistic exchange program that goes back and forth developed in the main cities of Quebec and Euskadi with the “objective of opening a winding into contemporary Basque culture and creation in Quebec, and feature the works of Quebecois creators in Euskadi, strengthening relations between both countries through language, culture and art.” This has been supported by the Etxepare Basque Institute and the Minister of Culture and Communication in Quebec.