From Hubert Le Blonen azken hegaldia
It’s late. You checked in to the Modern and made your way to your room. After you’ve entered the room, flipped on the light, dropped your bags on the floor, and fallen back on the bed, your hand flops around the nightstand to conjure up the TV remote. Turning it on on you see what seems like a strange transmission in a strange language, complete with subtitles. If you can resist the urge to switch to late-night talk, you’re about to catch a glimpse of a rare, cinematic treat—Basque Short Films.
The latest installment of 39 Rooms Film Festival Films, the Modern Hotel & Bar’s ongoing, in-room film festival is featuring Basque Short Films. Launched this summer in honor of Jaialdi 2015, the recurring festival that celebrates Boise culture’s deep Basque connections, these short films span a range of comedy, drama, poetic, and animation that bring to life modern takes on Basque life.
Here’s a list of what you just might be watching. So make yourself comfortable and enjoy.
Soroa: Directed by Asier Altuna
A stunning visual poem of sun, wind, arid soil, and prayers for rain.
Democracia: Directed by Borja Cobeaga
Black comedy about a daring plan for keeping the workers’ morale high.
Abuztua: Directed by Pello Gutierrez
A tale about a boy taking care of his comatose Grandmother that skillfully navigates the border between love and horror.
Hubert Le Blonen azken hegaldia: Directed by Koldo Amandoz
Animated documentary about the life and death of an early 20th century Icarus.
Colera: Directed by Aritz Moreno
“Colera” is based on “Terminated,” a comic story about an unaccepting village.
Oiartzun: Directed by Julen Agirre Egibar
Offbeat animation about a woman and a gramophone—and fire.
Forgotten Times: Directed by Alberto Catenacci
First-person accounts that evoke the diversity and complexity of of Basque migration and the return to Euskadi.
Elkartea (The Society): Directed by Kote Camacho
A group of old friends get together for dinner, discovering one of them is now down on his luck. Dinner won’t be as comfortable as expected.
Una Hora, Un Paso: Directed by Bernat Gual and Aitor Iturriza
A team of reporters enters a prison where Juan has been held for 17 years. Something terrible is about to happen.
Zela Trovke: Directed by Asier Altuna
A documentary about Basque musicians performing an old Slovak ‘moritat’, a type of ballad that narrates the events surrounding a murder.
Arconada: Directed by Asier Urbieta
An evocative coming-of-age film about a color blind boy who hopes to become a great football goalie.
A Loving Neighbor: Directed by Pello Varela
Micro-fiction contest guidelines: Write a frightening short story integrating a HOTEL.
The story MUST be NO LONGER than 390 words.
Your title does NOT count in the word-count.
You MUST use this first line: “There had been an argument down the hall.”
You are ENCOURAGED to use this image as a springboard for your setting.
There are many scary hotel stories and films (think Psycho, The Shining, that one with John Cusack, etc.), so work hard to avoid cliche’s.
Originality, great characters, engaging plot, language, and the intangible creep-factor will all be rewarded. Be strange. Surprise us. Freak us out.
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline for entry is midnight, October 25th.
Judged by Mary Shelly, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe.
First Place: A one night stay at The Modern Hotel and $25 Modern gift card.
Second Place: $35 Modern gift card.
Third Place: $20 Modern gift card.
I can’t think of a better spring pastime than drinking local beer. If that’s your idea of fun, too, come and visit the Modern, where you can ride a bike to some of the
best local breweries in the west. Need additional encouragement? Here are ten of my reasons to check out our local beer scene:
- Beer isn’t expensive.
- Beer has no pretense.
- Beer is communal, uniting hippies, yuggies (young urban granola), granolas or business types. A taco truck and a beer could make friends of us all.
- If you happen to spill it on your shoes or shirt, good beer doesn’t smell that bad the next day.
- The west makes the best beer in the country.
- If you walk or ride your bike to each location in Boise with great beer, the exercise will balance out the added calories you’ll consume, resulting in a zero weight gain.
- Beer isn’t fussy (and please, let’s try not to make it that way.) My palate loves a beer with flavor. Personally, I like my beer on the hoppy side, but I also love a good porter or a stout. [I don’t want to say it has good legs, unless you can
- Even gluten-free beer can taste good.
- My grandpa drank cheap beer, and like so many of us, he knew that even bad beer tastes good when you’re with someone you love.
- Beer pairs well with many of the Modern Hotel’s appetizers and dinners. Charcuterie and beer? I say yes! Mushroom empanada and a Payette Brewing North Fork? Oui. Lamb Birria and beer? You betcha! Ginger Pork Bánh Mi? No problem!
Some local breweries to check out:
- Woodland Empire
- Boise Brewing Co
- Highlands Hollow
- Payette Brewing CO.
- Sockeye Brewing
- Crooked Fence Brewing
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