EMAK BAKIA BAITA

By Oskar ALEGRIA

EMAK BAKIA FILMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2012

An avant-garde film by Man Ray called Emak Bakia ("Leave me alone" in Basque) inspires this story of a quest. The house near Biarritz where Man Ray's film was shot in 1926 bore that peculiar name and the creator of this new film decided to undertake a search on foot to find it.

Festivals
& Awards

San Sebastian FF 2012
Zabaltegi Specials
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • First film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • SPAIN
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Oskar ALEGRIA
    • Writer(s)
    • Oskar ALEGRIA
    • Synopsis
    • The search for the house where Man Ray inspired his avant-garde cinema.
      An avant-garde film by Man Ray called Emak Bakia ("Leave me alone" in Basque) inspires this story of a quest. The house near Biarritz where Man Ray's film was shot in 1926 bore that peculiar name and the creator of this new film decided to undertake a search on foot to find it. Only three views of that mansion exist: the image of its front door, two columns of a window, and a section of nearby coast. A search based on these old images would not be easy. There was nothing listed in the archives and no one today remembers the house. Therefore, he would ask for help and assistance from other informers, such as chance and the wind.
      Chance and wind shape a film about the quest, where the journey would be much more important than the goal. Thus a thousand de-railings and unexpected discovers occur en route to the house. The tomb of a clown gives rise to scenes of accidental cinema and the story would come to include testimonies about the nightmares of pigs, the death of words, or the childhood memories of a Romanian princess who was a national champion in ping-pong, a cousin to Nabokov, and a lover of Italian poetry. All beneath the umbrella of a single artistic motto: Emak Bakia or Leave me alone, an expression that was also used to baptize an avant-garde movement of Basque poets, the name of a musical group from Madrid, and the store of a Florentine clothes designer. The same motto serves to assemble this loose film, made by one person and addressed to another.
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