2019 Program

Friday, March 1st, Negociador

Friday, April 5th, 80 Egunean (For 80 Days)

Friday, May 3rd, Dantza - with director Telmo Esnal

Friday, Sepember 6th, Lasa & Zabala









Manu Aranguren is a Basque politician who acts as a mediator for the Spanish government in its negotiations with ETA. Far from being a solemn, calculated occasion, unexpected occurrences, slip-ups or misunderstandings soon kick in to influence the dialogue. And the personal relationship between negotiators will be key in solving the conflict. 


2014 Irizar Basque Film Award at the San Sebastian
International Film festival for the best Basque film


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 2014, directed by Borja Cobeaga, 79 minutes, color,
in Castilian with English Subtitles.



Borja Cobeaga

Borja Cobeaga combined his work as a television director (first season of Vaya Semanita in 2003 on ETB) with directing and writing short films such as La primera vez (2001) and Éramos pocos (2005), winners of more than 100 international awards plus a Goya and an Academy Award nomination respectively. Prior to Negociador, he directed the feature films Pagafantas (2009) and No controles (2010), in addition to the short films Limoncello (2007), Un novio de mierda (2010) and Democracia (2013). He also co-wrote the films Amigos (2011) and 8 apellidos vascos (Spanish Affair, 2014).




Friday, March 1st, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080



80 Egunean

For 80 Days





Axun, aged 70, goes to hospital to take care of her daughter?s ex-husband. She can?t believe her eyes when she realises that the woman looking after the patient in the next bed is Maite, her close friend as a teenager. They soon realise that the chemistry between them is just the same as it was 50 years previously. The two women have great fun, enjoying their new-found friendship, until Axun discovers that Maite is a lesbian. Axun struggles with her feelings: who should she obey? Her head or her heart?


San Sebastian Film Commission Award
2010 San Sebastian International Film Festival


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For 80 Days [80 Egunean] Trailer from Jane Young on Vimeo.


2010, directed by Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga, 105 minutes, color,
in Euskara with English Subtitles.



Jose Garano (right) & Jose Mari Goenaga (left)

The short films made by Garaño (San Sebastian, 1974) have won over 90 prizes and his TV documentaries have been broadcast in over 15 countries. Goenaga (Ordizia, 1976) co-wrote and co-directed the animated feature Supertramps (nominated for a Goya in 2005), and the documentary feature Lucio (premiered in San Sebastian and nominated for a Goya in 2007). Both studied cinema at Sarobe and in 2001 founded the Moriarti production company along with another two colleagues. Garaño & Goenaga also co-directed the 2015 film - Loreak (Flowers).


Friday, April 5th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080






Presented by the film's director - TELMO ESNAL


The BEO will host a 7:00pm meet and greet reception

with the director before the screening.




The storm breaks after a hard day's work in the fields. When the rain eases off life springs up from the previously barren land. Fruit grows and ripens, survives disease and becomes the apples which give life to cider. Then comes the time to harvest, offer toasts and celebrate love. A story about the cycle of life and death, the fight for survival. Where the passage of time is marked by the course of nature. And dance is the language chosen to tell its tale. Music accompanies daily routines: Life is rhythm! Universal themes, dressed here with particular symbology. Symbology which shows the hypnotic universe of traditional dance. A poetic song to tradition, the land, its people, myths and customs. A tale about the miracle of existence.


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2018, directed by Telmo Esnal, 98 minutes, color, drama musical



A Basque dancer, director and screenwriter, Telmo Esnal Illarramendi (Zarautz, 1967) has written and directed the feature films Urteberri on, amona! (2011) and Aupa Etxebeste! (2005, co-directed with Asier Altuna, recipient of Youth Award at the International Film Festival of San Sebastián). Nominated for the Goya Award for the Best New Director as a result of his work on Aupa Etxebeste!, he has also written and directed six short films which have taken him to countless international film festivals and reaped numerous awards: Hamaiketakoa (2012), Amona putz! (2009), Taxi? (2007), Asedio. Koldobika Jauregi (2007), 40 ezetz (1999, co-directed with Asier Altuna), Txotx (1997, co-directed with Asier Altuna). In 2009, he wrote and directed, alongside Asier Altuna Brinkola, Brinkola, a television series with 13 episodes for ETB (Basque public television). He is currently working on the feature film Agur Etxebeste!, written and directed alongside Asier Altuna.


Friday, May 3rd, 7:00pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080





Lasa & Zabala




Pablo Malo reconstructs in his latest movie the true story of Lasa and Zabala, two Basque refugees who were kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1983. Twelve years later, lawyers Iñigo and Fede will struggle to identify the murderers, putting their convictions and even their own lives on the line.


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LASA & ZABALA - TRAILER from AbraProd on Vimeo.


2014, directed by Pablo Malo, 106 minutes, color,
in Castilian and Euskara with English Subtitles.


Friday, September 6th, 7:30pm, Basque Cultural Center

Free Admission.

Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080