The Co-Cinema Experience Between Borders closed this Sunday at the Imax of Knowledge with the film Dantza, premiered at the 66th San Sebastian International Film Competition, with which Telmo Esnal from Guipuzcoa manages to transform traditional Basque dances into a language that has been mixed the documentary with the representation.
The Co-Cinema proposal included the screening of four different films, and a regional menu as a result of the culinary appropriation of the territories that were represented in each film.
The movie “Dantza” captivated the spectators who filled the room, as happened from the first day with the avant premiere of “Cara Sucia, with the magic of nature”, by the missionary Gastón Gularte, the first children’s film of ” are living action “of the province, filmed entirely in the red earth.
“Dantza”, which was screened on the Basque Identity Day, is in principle a tribute to fundamental culture, and to Basque in particular, with a display of dancers “dantzaris” where, in the absence of dialogue, movements, looks, gestures and sounds, because bodies speak.
A story that pays homage to Basque culture
“This movie is something more than a movie for me because it took a lot of effort to do it,” said the director.
He began to devise it in 2011 and it was a very long process for a profound work that Esnal describes as “the most personal I did; but at the same time it is the most collective, because although I wrote and directed it, there are two essential people for the work, the sculptor Koldobika Jauregi, responsible for costume design, and Juan Antonio Urbeltz, an anthropologist and choreographer.
Without them, I could have done it, but it would be another, not this wonderful movie, “says Esnal who practiced dance and danced in Cuba, in the United States, and in Europe, and that’s why she always believed that with traditional Basque dance one could count History as the Andalusians do with flamenco.
That was his motivation: telling a story through dance, and the applause and the moving response of the audience, no doubt he got it.
“It’s amazing to taste a menu inspired by my film”
Before the screening, the Basque director participated in a gathering with the public in the corridor of Imax cinema, where he answered the concerns, and tasted the menu inspired by his film.
“Today is a very special day to see ‘Dantza’ and to taste this food that they prepared in homage to her, because it is the Day of the
Recognition of the Basque Nation.
It seems amazing to me that they are capable of making a menu inspired by movies, it is a very interesting and tasty proposal to be able to taste it, “he said addressing the cooks Julio Salina, author of the menu with Raúl Slamovitz.
“Making the menu of a film requires many elements, and we hope we have met the expectations of all the films,” said Salina, chef manager of Cocina Misionera.
“In this case we work with Raúl basically in a fusion meal, punctually a Biscayan sauce made from chorizo peppers, very similar to Mexican peppers, these are a little bit smoother and sweeter. Formerly used as a decoration, until they began to incorporate into the cuisine. That is the contaminated that gives color and sustenance to the menu, “he said.
The apple, preponderant element
“I took some liberty, emulating the film, of incorporating the apple that is preponderant and occupies almost all the spaces. That fruit softens the itch if you like, or smoked the chorizo, and sweetens it a little more.
The contaminated is red onion that should be inevitable and bread crumbs, which I found interesting when I was studying how to make this recipe, “said Salina, who said that making the menu of a film requires many elements, and” we hope we have achieved the expectations of all those that were projected “, and recommended to those present that every day they find confidence in buying products from the Free Trade Fairs of Misiones.
A pleasant drink and good taste
The bartender created a drink inspired by “Dantza”, as he did from Thursday with the different films. “In the Basque film I worked on the ingredient that is seen in it, and I tried to do something similar, and that is enjoyable so that people can enjoy the taste when watching the film. It contains obviously those ingredients and a touch of missionary fruits that we always try to include in an infusion, as a way to make the rope have two points: a part is what we see of you (the directors) and our added value “, said Fracticelli.
Movement in Focus shined in the closing of Co-Cinema
After the tasting and before the screening, the dancer and choreographer, Gabilí Anadón, presented to Movimiento en Foco, which as the closing of the Co-Cinema Day Between Borders, made a performance that included the source that is in front of the Imax cinema , with the dancers Melisa Schuller, José Blanco, Mayra Maldonado and Rita Montiel, in homage to the film, and presented a video dance produced especially for this meeting.
Gabilí recalled and invited to accompany on Sunday April 28, from 18.00, in the synthetic waterfall of the Costanera, to the great meeting that will be held for the Day of Dance. “I do not know if everyone knows; but we are the only province that has a Dance Law, so we are and we feel privileged “, defined the representative of the Provincial Dance Law Movement.
Presence of the Basque community
After watching the film, the audience that participated in the closure of the Comí program, returned to exchange questions with the director Telmo Esnal. Among those present was the president of the Basque Mission Center, Mariángeles Rosciani and the head of the Basque House “Eusko Etxea”, of Corpus, Olga Leisada.
“For us, all of us who are part of the Basque community in Misiones, this is a very special moment, and for me personally I feel especially motivated, especially because I am the director of a Dance School, and I know the discipline, so we expected this movie a lot since it was announced and of course it seemed wonderful, and we are happy to meet the director, “said Mariángeles.
Savor through the senses
Minutes later, everyone could taste the “Dantza” menu and the drink prepared by Matías Fracticelli, made in contaminated with apple, in a very good combination.
In films beyond their sounds or dialogues, each one sees other things in them, “The filmmakers show us stories with images. We, with the drinks and the meals, want people to see the films as well as taste them through the senses. We try to give it touch, aroma, sounds, colors, and above all, a lot of flavor “, concluded Fracticelli.
The audience enjoyed the sets of the Dj, Martín Semilla, until Co-Cinema – with the presence of the president of the IAAviM, Axel Monsú, and the provincial head of Comí, Carlos Vedoya Recio, and the coordinator of the Space INCAA of the Knowledge Park , Noel Paredes- said goodbye hoping to repeat the experience next year.
The activity was organized by the Government of the Province of Misiones, together from the Institute of Audiovisual Arts of Misiones (IAAviM), the Knowledge Park and the Missionary Cuisine Program (Comí), under the concept “Between Borders” in this first experience that presented the cinema and the gastronomy of the territories of Misiones, Eastern Paraguay, South of Brazil and Euskadi.
Co-Cine had the support of the Municipality of Posadas, the INCAA Knowledge Space, the IMAX of Knowledge, Movement in Focus, Prosperitá Foundation and the endorsement of Eiken; Audiovisual Cooperation Network “Entre Fronteras”: Misiones, Paraguay and South of Brazil.- said goodbye hoping to repeat the experience next year.
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