This fascinating and thought-provoking documentary from internationally acclaimed filmmaker Julio Medem explores the unique language and long-held traditions of the mythical land of the Basques, and details the region's intricate and painful political reality. Featuring a mixture of archive footage and film extracts (including Orson Welles' 'Around the World' travelogue piece) as well as a remarkably varied range of participants – from poets and musicians to terrorists and the many people whose lives have been indelibly marked by violence – this remarkable film offers a fascinating insight into a universal subject that we can ill afford to ignore. Mature, complex, and startlingly brave, 'Basque Ball' was the highest grossing Spanish documentary of all time. Its intelligent juxtapositions help to underline the dangers of allowing a situation to reach political deadlock, while its balanced and informed treatment ensures that the film will stand as one of the most absorbing, and controversial, of all modern documentaries.
Xabier Arzalluz, Bernardo Atxaga, Txiki Benegas, Txetxo Bengoetxea, Julen de Madariaga, Odón Elorza, Iñaki Gabilondo, Carlos Garaikoetxea, Anika Gil, Felipe González, Carmelo Gómez, Juan José Ibarretxe, Fermín Muguruza