26th MAY 2011: CREBINSKY

The Galician film Crebinsky will bring the Catalan, Basque and Galician Cinema to an end on Thursday 26th May. It will take place at the Midlands Arts Centre (mac) from 2pm to 4.30.

The Galician director Enrique Otero will attend the event and he will take part in the discussion about the film.
The event is free and all are welcome.

Original title: Crebinsky
Length: 90 min
Year: 2010
Gender: Comedy
Actors: Miguel de Lira, Sergio Zearreta, Luis Tosar, Celso Bugallo.

Torrential rain causes the river to swell, flooding a village.The Crebinsky brothers and their cow miraculously save their lives when they are swept away by the current and they end up somewhere along the coast.
That is where they grow up, at the foot of a lighthouse. They survive collecting things that the sea brings: the “crebas” . Completely isolated from the military events that are taking place around them, they create their own world. A peculiar universe full of imaginative realism.
The normal rhythm of their lives with Muchka, their cow, is shattered when she disappears.The brothers then start a desperate search that will take them from the coast to the interior that will take the spectator on a journey through the stunning Galician landscape. It is a real road movie, an inner journey full of unexpected encounter, dark feelings and erased memories. Not knowing where they are going to, they end up discovering where they come from.

The film is having very good reviews both from critics and audience. It has been presented in several festivals such as the Pusan International Film Festival and it has been recently awarded at the Festival de Málaga.

Some reviews:

You can find further information about the film at: 

19th May: 80 egunean

The Catalan, Basque and Galician Cinema Season continues with the Basque film 80 egunean. The film will beprojected the 19th May, 2:00pm, at the Midlands Arts Center. Here is all the information about the film: 

Original title: 80 egunean (In 80 days)
Length: 105 min
Year: 2009
Genre: Drama
Directors: Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga 
Actors: Itziar Aizpuru, Mariasun Pagoaga, José Ramón Argoitia, Ane Gabarain

Axun, a 70 year old woman, is called from the hospital to take care of her daughter's ex-husband, who was seriously injured in a car accident. To her surprise, the woman who takes care of the other patient in the same hospital room turns out to be Maite, her best friend when teenagers. They have not seen each other for more than 50 years. The hospital visits will show that the close relationship they had when teenagers is still alive. Their relationship was very special fifty years ago but nowadays the same feelings flourish. They have fun and enjoy each other's company until Axun finds out that Maite is openly lesbian. Axun questions her own feelings about Maite. Was their relationship when teenagers more than friendship? Where is the thin line that separates friendship from desire? Now that she is 70, does she dare crossing this thin line?

The film has been presented in 11 International Film Festival (for instance, The London Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival...). The film is suitable for all audiences.

As part of the 17th edition of the VIVA! Festival, director Jon Garaño attended the screening of 80 egunean at the Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester. Here you have a video about the discussion he had with the audience right after the projection.

Do you want to watch the whole film in Basque? Click here (no English subtitles).


We are pleased to invite you to an exciting cinema season at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) that will take place the 12th, 19th, 26th May 2011.

The University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Etxepare Basque Institute, Ramon Llull and Xunta de Galicia has organised the first screening of Catalan, Basque and Galician films in the city of Birmingham.

12th May 2011
14.00 – 16.30
Screening of the Catalan film Elisa K.
The director JORDI CADENA will take part in a discussion about the film after the projection.                                                                                               

19th May 2011 
14.00 – 16.30
Screening of the Basque film 80 egunean (in 80 days).
The director JON GARAÑO will take part in a discussion about the film after the projection.

26th May 2011
14.00 – 16.30
Screening of the Galician film Crebinsky.  
The director ENRIQUE OTERO will take part in a discussion about the film after the projection.
The three films will be projected in original version with English subtitles. All screenings will be free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Institut Ramon Llull, Xunta de Galicia and the University of Birmingham.

The address of the Midlands Arts Centre of Birmingham is Cannon Hill Park, 2 Russell Road, Birmingham B12 9QH.

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