ECHOING CALLS

IRRINTZIAREN OIHARTZUNAK

By Iratxe FRESNEDA

PIMPI & NELLA PRODUKZIOAK - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2016

Unknown due to the nomadic course of her life, the moviemaker Mirentxu Loyarte went about one of the bravest and most daring film exercises in the Spain of the seventies: Irrintzi (1978). Film within a film, courageous women, beached whales and film archives waiting to get warm.

Festivals
& Awards

San Sebastian FF 2016
Zinemira
5º Move Cine Arte de Sao Paulo (Brasil) 2016
Official Selection
10º Baskischen Filmfestival in Berlin 2016
9º Festival Internacional de Cine Invisible de Bilbao PREMIO A LA MEJOR PRODUCCIÓN VASCA 2017 2017
Official Selection
27 Spanish Film Festival of Nantes 2017
Documentary
48 International Film Festival Nyon Doc Outlook International Market 2017
25 Mostra Films Donnes Barcelona 2017
NIFF Festival internacional de cine de Navarra 2019
Official Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SPAIN, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 54 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Iratxe FRESNEDA
    • Producer(s)
    • Txelu ARBIDE (Pimpi & Nella Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Irrintziaren Oihartzunak is a portrait of the creative exile of Mirentxu Loyarte (1938, Iruñea), one of those brave, unknown pioneers of European cinema. From a perspective which aims to examine the film-maker's memory and work, this is the story of a meeting, the search for a cinematographic treasure made of flesh and bone: a character she cannot or does not want to remember.

      Unknown because of the exile and nomadic turn which her life took, Basque film-maker Mirentxu Loyarte made one of the most daring and bravest films in the Spanish state in the 1970's: Irrintzi (1978). It is an audiovisual metaphor which reflects on the collective identity of Basque citizens. Men who dance and static images in which what is photographed goes beyond the document and call on spectators to voyage through this filmed artefact accompanied by the words of poets as Celaya, Aresti and Otero. Based on a work by Luis Iturri, Irrintzi was given the special quality prize by the Dirección General de Cinematografía Española - one of those marvellous contradictions which took place during the Spanish Transition. The film's director of photography was Javier Aguirresarobe, the editor was Fernando Larruquert and the late Marivi Bilbao made a special appearance.

      Between exiles and home-comings, Mirentxu Loyarte did not finish her career at that point, continuing on her way in a type of anthropological introspection, a portrait which showed some Basque women's points of view. Euskal Emakumeak (1981), Ikuska 12, was filmed in Basque, and Javier Aguirresarobe worked on this film too. In it, Loyarte drew the socio-political space of women at the end of the 20th century. Toned red, this short film takes a severe look at the spaces available to women in the 1980's: markets, children's parks, fish factories and male latrines.

      In Irrintziaren Oihartzunak we look at the "truths" which are hidden in Irrintzi, at the visionary words of the women in Euskal Emakumeak, based on secrets exhibited, but never revealed and, above all, of all her work and her personality as an author. We recover her voice, her story, the stories which got left by the way and the ones we got back in French writer Marc Légasse's "Las carabinas de Gastibeltza".

      The rest is history, a history we submerge in with curiosity, visualising the trajectory of a woman who – in spite of her failed projects and broken dreams, in spite of her life, and who still makes films in her mind – is still a film-maker.
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