The 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival has announced the eight films that will compete for the Irizar Basque Film Award in this year’s Zinemira program. The section is dedicated to films produced in the Basque country and includes four world premieres. The Irizar Award will be decided by a specific jury and comes with €20,000 gross for the producers of the winning film.
Additionally, makeup artist Karmele Soler will be honored with the Zinemira Award at the Basque Film Gala on September 22. Soler was born in San Sebastian and became an apprentice of the makeup artist Romana González on José Luis Garci’s film, “Sesión continua” (1984). Her work includes foreign titles such as “También la lluvia (Even the Rain),” “Sin vergüenza (No Shame)” and “Palmeras en la nieve (Palm Trees in the Snow).”
The full Zinemira program lineup is below. Synopses provided by the San Sebastian Film Festival.
“UN OTOÑO SIN BERLÍN”
World premiere – Basque Film Gala
June returns to the town of her birth by surprise after spending time abroad. The return home will be painful: her family and her first love, Diego, have changed. She too has changed, and repairing the broken ties won’t be easy. But just like the autumn wind, June will take the place by storm.
Jorge Fernandez Mayoral, Pablo Tosco, Pablo Iraburu Allegue
What’s in a refugee’s mobile phone? Their recollections, their memory, their identity, contact with the world they’ve left behind. This film narrates everyday life in a mobile phone repair shop in the Zataari refugee camp.
“GURE SOR LEKUAREN BILA”
Hasparren, 1956. Amid great expectation, a documentary in the Basque language about the Basque Country was released in the local cinema. In the following months it was screened in other Basque and French towns on both sides of the border, and even in Paris, San Francisco and Dakar. But suddenly it disappeared from sight and everyone forgot about it. Sixty years later, filmmaker Josu Martinez sets out to find it.
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…
The San Sebastian Jazz Festival looks back over its 50 years of history in this documentary with comments from some of its leading figures and images of extraordinary concerts forever engraved on the memory.
“POS ESO (POSSESSED)”
Sam Orti Marti
Feature film directorial debut from the animation movie director, Sam. La Trini, a world-famous Flamenco dancer, leaves the tablaos in deep depression after her husband’s death. Damian, her 8 year-old son, is possessed by an evil demon who prompts him to commit horrendously cruel and bloody acts.
“SANCTUAIRE / SANCTUARY”
A film about two adversaries who will learn to know and respect one another, despite their differences: Domingo Iturbe, “Txomin”, head of the ETA military apparatus, and Grégoire Fortin, adviser to Mitterrand’s Minister of Justice.
Pablo Iraburu Allegue, Migueltxo Molina Ayestaran
The world is increasingly more divided by walls. There are human beings on either side of them. The question is not whether their existence is absurd or logical, whether they can be avoided or not, but to demonstrate that the people on both sides are basically exactly the same.