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
Flashback to 1960 when 1314 W Grove was a Travelodge. In 2007 it was renovated and reopened as the Modern Hotel and Bar. Later in 2010 the Modern Hotel was awarded the Orchid for Contribution to Historic Preservation.
Read more about the Orchid award at http://www.preservationidaho.org/programs/orchids-onions/2010/modern-hotel-bar
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.
The Modern Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Tree Fort Music Festival country in downtown Boise. It is a stumble away from three of the top Tree Fort music venues–across the street from the Linen Building, around the corner from the Neurolux and three blocks from the Main Stage. This hotel package includes four days of concerts, along with other music happenings. Each package includes two general admission tickets to the festival for all four days, two “keep that music playing” pig lighters from the Modern and a “Welcome to the Festival, friend” drink voucher at the Modern Bar a, $20 value.
Packages are limited to guests who book all three nights, so book early to get in on the deal.
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