Part of SFFILM Festival
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
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.
Language Basque, Catalan, Spanish
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