Thank you very much for including our small film Couplets for an Everlating Eve (Beti Bezperako Koplak) in your festival. It is an honour for us. It is a film we have made in a collaborative way at the University of the Basque Country, teachers, students and professionals that had studied at our University we have worked together to make this film. And it has been made in Basque language, a small language that we are working hard to help it to survive. That's why we love it so much and the reason to be so proud for it to be selected and screened in Jackson.
As the producer of the film I will try to answer some of the questions you did ask us.
Filmmaker’s Name and Title:
Directors/animators (they are 20 people): Begoña Vicario (coordinator), Kote Camacho, Arrate Lopez, Aitor Oñederra, Izibene Oñederra, Alots Arregi, Xara Agirre, Ximon Agirre, Irantzu Yaldebere, Jon Munarriz, Iosune Etxarte, Jon Zurimendi, Zaloa Ipiña, Malen Amenabar, Ibon Markaida, Mariñe Arbeo, Roberto Zabarte, Oihana Leunda, Naizu Mauleon, Andere Molinuevo.
Script and music: Maialen Lujanbio
Sound edition: Xabi Erkizia
Video Edition: Edu Elosegi
Producer: Patxi Azpillaga
Film Name: Couplets for an Everlasting Eve (Beti bezperako koplak)
Length of film: 5 min. 22 sec.
Genre: Animation, experimental
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
It is a stark denunciation of gender violence in 13 verses. These verses are related to the celebration of St. Agatha’s Eve, a very old Basque tradition, and use the typical rhythm and sonority used in this celebration. Verse after verse, we condemn different manifestations of sexist violence and our inability to combat it.
What inspired you to make this film?
We used the verses that Basque singer Maialen Lujanbio made during St. Agatha's Eve in Feburary of 2016. Then we distributed the verses among the artists that agreed to take part in the project, each of whom used very different techniques of animation.
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
It is difficult to answer as we are so many people... I will ask to Begoña!
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?)
Well, both Mississippi (specially New Orleans) and Basque we are antique and well rooted cultures, but marginal for the mainstream and principal cultures of our countries. We want to give to our culture and to our language the wider distribution we can. We think that even if the short film has been made in a small language and is related to an old tradition it is, at the same time, rich and universal enough to be appreciated anywhere. We hope so!!
Begoña Vicario coordinator' profile:
Born in Caracas, 1961. Studied Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country and animation at the Polt Studio in Rusia. She teaches at the University of the Basque Country and has made short films as "Geroztik ere" (1993), "Zureganako grina" (1996), "Pregunta por mí" (1997), "Haragia" (2000), "Hara¬ Hona" (2003), "Un día en el circo" (2010) and "Jane, Tarzan ez zen horren guay" (2016). She won the Goya prize (main spanish prize) to best animation short in 1998 with "Pregunta por mí".