The feature film by Argentinian Pablo Agüero is selected at the San Sebastian Film Festival, from September 18 to 26, 2020

“Akelarre” by Pablo Agüero (Salamandra, Eva Doesn’t Sleep), co-written with Katell Guillou, will have its world premiere in the Basque Country, as part of the 68th edition of the San Sebastian International Festival.

This film is inspired by an authentic witchcraft affair that took place in the 17th century. The feature film of the Argentinian director is a Spanish-French-Argentinean co-production between Sorgin Films and Tita Productions / Tita B, shot in the Basque Country. It will be distributed in France by Sophie Dulac Distribution.

“Akelarre” was developed as part of the 2012 Annual Selection & the 2013 Cross Channel Film Lab, and was selected for the 2015 Talents of LA SÉLECTION, an annual event co-created by Le Groupe Ouest & the Gan Foundation for Cinema.

Basque Country, 1609. The men of the region are at sea. Ana, 17, takes part for the first time in a party in the woods, at night, with others village girls. At dawn, they are arrested. Judge Rosteguy given the task of purifying the region by the King, arrests the women and accuses them of witchcraft. Sure, that he has found his greatest affair here, he decides to do what it takes to make them confess what they know about the Akelarre, a ceremony with magical connotations during which the Devil is said to initiate his servants and mate with them. Savage and cunning, Ana will at first resist the judge before gradually getting into his game…