Tuesday, September 30, 2008

TVE to Finance Basque Film

This is strange, TVE will "sistematically" endorse Euskara-spoken movies according to this note published at Variety:

Duo to cook up Basque 'Kitchen'

Spain's TVE, EITB team on culinary film

By John Hopewell

MADRID -- Spanish pubcaster TVE and Basque state TV network EITB are teaming to finance Basque-language "Sukalde kontuak" (Kitchen Stories) with industry vet Angel Amigo producing for Juan Luis Ezkurra's San Sebastian-based Zurriola Group.

Directed by Basque dramatist-TV director Aizpea Goenaga, "Kitchen" stars Basque actors Isidoro Fernandez and Ramon Aguirre.

Pic is set at a Basque school for young chefs and gently satirizes the region's pride and devotion to its local gastronomy. One central irony is that none of the students really want to be a chef.

"Instead of churches, we have gastronomic clubs, and instead of priests, chefs," Amigo told Daily Variety at the San Sebastian Festival, which wrapped on Saturday.

Further financing looks set to come from Spain's Ministry of Culture. TVE will take international rights to "Kitchen."

Pic is one of the first features made under TVE's new drive into regional-language production. TVE has financed Basque-language films before but this is the first time it will do so systematically.

TVE head of cinema, Gustavo Ferrada, said that the pubcaster would also co-finance Marc Recha's Catalan-language "Petit Indi" and Angel de la Cruz's "Los muertos van deprisa," partly shot in Galician.

And Catalan and Galizan films too, I say those guys in TVE are up to something.

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