Spain, France; 2017; 98 min; Basque language with English and Slovenian subtitles

Wednesday, July 11 at 19.00h CULTURE HOUSE CINEMA
Saturday, July 14 at 21.00h CULTURE HOUSE CINEMA

Directed by: Paul Urkijo Alijo
Written by:
Paul Urkijo Alijo, Asier Guerricaechevarría
Cinematography by:
Gorka Gómez Andreu
Music by:
Pascal Gaigne
Kandido Uranga, Uma Bracaglia, Eneko Sagardoy,
Ramón Agirre, Josean Bengoetxea, Iñiigo de la Iglesia
Produced by
: Álex de la Iglesia, Luis de Oza, Carolina Bang,
Gorka Gómez Andreu, Kiko Martínez
Production Companies
: Kinoskopik, Pokeepsie Films,
Nadia Es Perfecto, Gariza, The Project
Genre: fantastic
Paul Urkijo Alijo

It's 1833 in a small Basque Country village. In search for her lost toy, orphan girl Usue sneaks into the house of blacksmith Patxi. The villagers fear the blacksmith, since he is rumoured to have made a pact with the devil. The little girl is now about to uncover the terrible truth about Patxi.

Inspired by a traditional Basque folk tale, director Paul Urkijo's first feature (his short film Black Forest was screened in Melies d'argent competition program at Grossmann 2015) offers an immensely enjoyable blend of fairytale, comedy and horror. Its production value is on par with Hollywood blockbusters (one of the producers is Alex de la Iglesia), but its authenticity, wits and huge heart leaves any of them far behind.

Paul Urkijo Alijo finished his degree in Fine Arts in 2008 and began his professional career with a focus on audio-visual production, illustration and infographics. He started writing and directing his own short films, both live action and animated. Films he has written and directed have won 85 national and International awards and his works have been featured in 400 festivals worldwide.