Director Julio Medem
Cast Txetxo Bengoetxea, Iñaki Gabilondo, Felipe González, Fermín Muguruza, Orson Welles
Length 117 min
Languages Dolby Digital Stereo: Spanish
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Documentary about the Basque nationalist movement in Spain.
This film aims to be an invitation to discussion. This film has been conceived with respect towards all opinions. This film is independent. It is due entirely to personal initiative. This film is declares its solidarity with those who suffer violence related to the Basque conflict. This film will always miss those who have not wanted to participate.' With these words Julio Medem prefaces a remarkable documentary on the Basques, their country, conflicts, language, culture and history. Shot in French, Castilian-Spanish and Basque, with a vast array of participants from novelist Bernardo Atxaga to musician Txetxo Bengoetxea, politicians Carlos Garaikoetxer and Felipe González, and the forgotten many whose lives have been indeliably marked by violence or the threat of violence, this is a dizzying complex and captivatingly realised venture. In his telling engagement with traditions of Basque documentary filmmaking, stylistic eye for compositional patterns and mercurial editing Medem presents juxtapositions between the different voices and viewpoints, allowing a unique communication to emerge where there has previously been none. Both epic and intimate, Basque Ball is the fascinating work of a master film-maker. He brilliantly grounds this study of a particular geographical landscape into a far-reaching contemplation of issues around identity and nationality, globalisation and local cultures, human rights and the nation-state, language and power, presence and absence.