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Part of SFFILM Festival


Directed by Oskar Alegria

Spain | Documentary | 122

18 Apr
Sat, Apr 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm
SFMOMA 151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
19 Apr
Sun, Apr 19 at 7:00 pm


How do you relive a memory? Returning to a meaningful childhood location where he builds a cabin that he will live out of and film from for months, Oskar Alegria tries his best to answer that question. In creating rituals and rules to live by, observing the passing of time, and conducting introspective interviews with solitary shepherds, Alegria presents a whimsical and spacious environment where memories are recalled, old familiar places are made new, and pastoral freedom leads to creative energy and inspiration.

“I think it’s a film about experience, about what it’s like to live all alone in the forest for four whole months. I felt like I was the only person around for miles, and that’s very powerful, because out there time is bound up with space and you are aware of every change, every movement, every branch, just like animals are. Time is always just a beginning. In the film, I tried to relive the last night of our last summer all over again, so that everything would be a new start.” –Oskar Alegria

Director Oskar Alegria

Basque screenwriter and director Oskar Alegria was a television journalist and editor and a travel writer before turning to filmmaking. He made his debut with the documentary The Search for Emak Bakia (Festival 2013) and was among the directors of Gure oroitzapenak (2018). Zumiriki is his second feature.

Film Details

Language Basque, Catalan, Spanish

Year 2019

Runtime 122

Country Spain

Director Oskar Alegria

Writer Oskar Alegria

Editor Oskar Alegria

Cinematographer Oskar Alegria

Music Ainara LeGardon, Xabier Erkizia, Mixel Etxekopar, Xavier Garcia, Justa Mentaberri, María Azcona, Elias Alegria, Ramon Lazkano