Zinemira Award to go to Imanol Uribe

MADRID — The San Sebastian Festival has created a new section: the Zinemira-Basque Film Showcase.

Section’s first Zinemira Award will go to Imanol Uribe, who directed three key titles in a brief but vibrant new Basque Cinema after Franco’s death: “The Burgos Trial” (1979), “Escape from Segovia” (1981) and “Mikel’s Death” (1984).

Zinemira will also feature the first screening of the new Kimuak catalog, a prestigious short-film collection from a Basque Country that has struggled to make multiple feature films over the past two decades but won a large reputation for its curation of shorts.

Section presents one U.S. pic, Andrea Oibarra’s “Rough Winds,” a teen obsession drama produced by Miami-based Spoon Ent., and toplining Danna Maret, John Lovino, Jessica Brydon and Albert Campillo.

Section includes the latest feature from Uribe’s first producer Angel Amigo: Aizpea Goenaga’s gentle satire of Basque’s gastronomic devotion, “Tales from the Kitchen,” featuring some of the Basque Country’s top-notch thesps such as Isidoro Fernandez.

Two other pics hit the section with good prior buzz: Roberto Gaston’s rural gay drama “Ander,” which sparked praise and deals for sales company Latido off a Berlin Panorama world preem; and Gorka Gamarra’s “Umurage,” a docu on the Rwanda reconciliation process.

Section opens with a Gala perf of Patxi Telleria and Aitor Mazo’s rites-of-passage tale set in a Bilbao working-class environment.

Zinemira features the latest pic from one of Spain’s best-regarded docu feature directors, Javier Corcuera, who teams with Fermin Muguruza for the Israel-Palestine set music docu, “Checkpoint Rock.”

Three films are portraits: Juan Miguel Gutierrez’s “Action, Please!,” about filmmaker Juanjo Franco Zabalegi; Arkatz Basterra’s “The Labyrinthine Biographies of Vojtech Jasny,” about the Czech director; and Jose Martinez’s “Sea’s Daughter,” a docu about the daughter of Mikel Goikoetxea, piecing together an idea of her father, a head of the ETA terrorist org murdered by a Spanish government hit-squad when she was two.

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