The Argentinian receives ARTE International Prize at the Basque festival

AKELARRE, Pablo Agüero’s feature, cowritten with Katell Guillou, has been presented at San Sebastian’s 2017 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum (22 — 30 September 2017) and won ARTE International Prize.

AKELARRE, previously entitled LES INSOUMISES, had been selected for the Talents 2015 of LA SÉLECTION, annual event co-created by Le Groupe Ouest & la Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma. Pablo Agüero & Katell Guillou have been coached within the framework of Le Groupe Ouest’s 2012 Annual Selection & the Cross Channel Film Lab in 2013.

Pablo’s first short, PRIMERA NIEVE, won a 2006 Cannes Festival Jury Prize; SALAMANDRA, his first feature, made the 2008 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight cut; EVA DOESN’T SLEEP — supported by the Breizh Film Fund — was selected for San Sebastián’s 2015 main competition.

AKELARRE is a thriller set against the background of 1609-14 Inquisition trials of suspected witches which took place north and south of the France-Spain border and represented the single biggest drive by the Inquisition to eradicate witchcraft in the whole of its history. Set in 1609 in the Basque Country, AKELARRE tuns on Amaia, a 20-year-old girl who attends her first festival in the night woods. At dawn, she is arrested. Questioned by Pierre de Lancre, maybe the Basque Country’s most famous interrogator, she finally enters the judge’s game, but, indomitable and cunning, gradually takes over the reins of an increasingly intimate duel…

AKELARRE is produced by Sorkin Films, a new joint tax break investment vehicle launched last year by Koldo Zuazua’s San Sebastián-based Kowalski Films and Iker Ganuza co-headed Lamia Producciones, based out of Zarauz. La Fidèle, located in France’s Basque Country, co-produces with Tita Productions.

Source : Variety