Rent Basque Ball (2003)

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1h 47min
Rent Basque Ball (aka La pelota vasca. La piel contra la piedra) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
Xabier Arzalluz, Bernardo Atxaga, Txiki Benegas, Txetxo Bengoetxea, Julen de Madariaga, Odón Elorza, , Carlos Garaikoetxea, Anika Gil, , , Juan José Ibarretxe, Fermín Muguruza, , Arnaldo Otegi, Gregorio Peces Barba, , , José María Aznar, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Directors:
Producers:
Julio Medem, Koldo Zuazua, Aitor González
Writers:
Julio Medem
Aka:
La pelota vasca. La piel contra la piedra
Studio:
Tartan
Genres:
Documentary
Countries:
Spain, Documentary
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/08/2004
Run Time:
107 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Basque, English, French, Spanish
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Julio Medem expert rob Stone and Basque Authority Paddy Wodworth
  • Julio Medem Trailer Reel

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