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The Basque Country of Ramiro Pinilla hits the screens

‘The fig-tree of the bastards’ starts its journey festivalera

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The Basque Country of Ramiro Pinilla hits the screens

‘The fig-tree of bastards’ starts its journey festivalera


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“Ramiro was not clear,” recalls director Ana Murugarren. Ramiro is Ramiro Pinilla, writer of monumental work on Vizcaya, which he only saw recognized popularly your talent at end of his life, before passing away in Bilbao at age of 91 in 2014. Winner of Nadal Prize already in 1960, with The blind ants, when editorial Tusquets published ir works —such as trilogy Verdes valles, colinas rojas— to talent of Pinilla got a fair impact. “The phenomenon Homeland [ novel by Fernando Aramburu] should not make us forget that Pinilla was before,” says producer. And even one of his novels — aforementioned The blind ants— was adapted in Germany in a television film, Die blinden Ameisen (1970), “that left a very bad taste in mouth,” says Murugarren. “I was not sure what to re-assign rights to anor of his books.”

But editor and director of Three lies (2014) managed to change his mind. When she read The fig tree, published in 2006, he was assaulted quickly two pictures: “Simon of desert Buñuel climbed in his column, and crazy uncle climbed tree in Amarcord of Fellini. I was surprised to find, in your blackness, a sense of humor to Azcona not expected, and that he was gaining weight to write script”. This holy man is Rogelio, notorious that every night he goes out with his companions to kill anyone capable of being red in Spain of civil war. Until one day, shoot a teacher and her eldest son. The small child looks at you with hatred to Roger, and that look will change your life. The kid buries his two family members and above plant a fig tree, a plant that will take care of day and night, Rogelio, become a kind of hermit to ridicule of some and admiration for ir possible religiosity of ors. “Joaquín Trincado [ producer] and I knew Pinilla, and he himself told us that if re was a novel that he wanted to see in cinema was The fig tree. Probably because book share something of his remarkable witty humor. I think that is something very Spanish: mixture of comedy and drama”.

expand photo Karra Elejalde, in 'The fig-tree of bastards'.

Murugarren and lashed out have managed to take forward The fig-tree of bastards, who yesterday premiered worldwide at festival Film by Sea in Vlissingen ( Nerlands), specialized in literary adaptations, where it has moved to computer. “I think y liked feeling of humanity of Roger, to which I could only interpret an actor Karra Elejalde. The falangist does not repent, but first fear and n your own enjoyment as a holy man do that fits to side of that tomb with a tree,” stresses director navarre.


historical Memory

Murugarren has no doubts about expertise of author of The fig tree: “it Was a great in its simplicity. And so was he. And now I think that we forget that Pinilla wrote first on this people that killed m and left ir dead bodies lying in ditch. He wrote for new generations to know and remember. Spain is only country in Europe that does not have normalized your memory and assumed its conflicts of first half of TWENTIETH century. And that remains a taboo even for film.”

The film has not been easy to produce, “especially for an independent company”, as Lashing. “Not even name of Ramiro Pinilla has seemed attractive to some investors, which underscores current situation of Spanish cinema. Without a large television behind, it is very complicated.”


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