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
The First In-Room Film Festival: 39 Rooms
Boise, Idaho – February 20, 2015 – The Modern Hotel and Bar present the first in-room film festival.
The Modern Hotel and Bar has recently launched what is possibly the first “in-room” film festival.
Over the past year and a half the Modern has–with the help of Laura Mehlaff from Sun Valley Film Festival–acquired these films, through an open competition, for our own in-room film festival. Over 150 film submissions were received from throughout the world. They came from Idaho but they also came from Spain, the Russian Federation and even Tajikistan.
Now guests can watch short films specifically selected for the festival on the Modern Hotel‘s own Channel 39. They will even be able to vote for their favorite films, which will be awarded the honor of Guest’s Favorite Award.
Here are the selections for this year’s first international round of the festival:
• Retire for the Evening, Written and Directed by Ed Hellmanilm
• Sheltered Love, by Alex Italics, Director; Co-Producer
• Juba-lation, Filmed and Edited by Andy Lawless
• ZIMA by Cristina Picchi
• Cities and Memories, by Yuqi Kang, Poetry by Italo Calvino
• BEAST, by Brock Forrette
• One Thing to Take, directed and animated by Bill Pettitt, story by Christian Winn
• August, Director/Producer: Michael Moody Culpepper,
• Baby Crazy by Haroula Rose, Writer/Director
Several of the films are world premieres, while others have been previously selected by other festivals. Baby Crazy premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival last year and Zima was selected by Sundance. Either way we think these films are worthy of another audience. The 39 Rooms Film Festival is another way the Modern Hotel supports the Arts: by encouraging filmmakers and providing another venue to show their work.
This July we are accepting submissions for films about the Basque Country and culture. We will show them in the rooms during Jaialdi in July.
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Again this year we are blessed with the Treefort Music Festival. Great bands migrate north from the warmth of Austin, Texas and will breeze into town to warm up our city March 20-24.
If you didn’t go last year, I’ll offer some words of wisdom–or what I’m proclaiming to be wisdom. Go to Treefort, indulge yourself. Attending Treefort is like being the first one down the mountain after a fresh snowfall. It’s like being the first water skier on a glassy lake, carving beautiful rooster tails. It is primo. The indie music festival South by Southwest is an aging monster, now in its twenty seventh year. Boise’s own Treefort is your chance to catch a festival in its youth. My advice: be at Treefort when it’s young, instead of looking back and wishing you were there at the beginning. The Modern Hotel still has a few rooms in the belly of the beast, the heart of the action, the hub, baby! Call the Modern Hotel for details.
Contact: Michal Lloyd
39 Rooms Film Festival Call for Short Film Entries
Idaho, November 25, 2013 – The Modern Hotel in conjunction with the Sun Valley Film Festival, is pleased to issue a Call For Entries to filmmakers for our First Annual 39 Rooms Film Exhibition.
The exhibition gives filmmakers the opportunity to exhibit their films in each of the 39 rooms of the Modern Hotel for up to a year. The short film program will run on a continuous loop on a dedicated channel in each of the 39 rooms.
In the spirit of other annual events like Modern Art, Treefort and the Modern Courtyard Music Series, 39 Rooms expands our mission to provide a creative venue for artists, musicians and filmmakers. 39 Rooms exhibition encourages artists to show their work, offering greater exposure for filmmakers in a public sphere.
Hotel guests can enjoy the films at their leisure when staying at the Hotel. Interested guests can comment on the films, choose their favorites and contact the filmmakers for copies. The Modern Hotel will inform our guests about the films playing in the rooms and provide information on the films and filmmakers.
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