From Hubert Le Blonen azken hegaldia
It’s late. You checked in to the Modern and made your way to your room. After you’ve entered the room, flipped on the light, dropped your bags on the floor, and fallen back on the bed, your hand flops around the nightstand to conjure up the TV remote. Turning it on on you see what seems like a strange transmission in a strange language, complete with subtitles. If you can resist the urge to switch to late-night talk, you’re about to catch a glimpse of a rare, cinematic treat—Basque Short Films.
The latest installment of 39 Rooms Film Festival Films, the Modern Hotel & Bar’s ongoing, in-room film festival is featuring Basque Short Films. Launched this summer in honor of Jaialdi 2015, the recurring festival that celebrates Boise culture’s deep Basque connections, these short films span a range of comedy, drama, poetic, and animation that bring to life modern takes on Basque life.
Here’s a list of what you just might be watching. So make yourself comfortable and enjoy.
Soroa: Directed by Asier Altuna
A stunning visual poem of sun, wind, arid soil, and prayers for rain.
Democracia: Directed by Borja Cobeaga
Black comedy about a daring plan for keeping the workers’ morale high.
Abuztua: Directed by Pello Gutierrez
A tale about a boy taking care of his comatose Grandmother that skillfully navigates the border between love and horror.
Hubert Le Blonen azken hegaldia: Directed by Koldo Amandoz
Animated documentary about the life and death of an early 20th century Icarus.
Colera: Directed by Aritz Moreno
“Colera” is based on “Terminated,” a comic story about an unaccepting village.
Oiartzun: Directed by Julen Agirre Egibar
Offbeat animation about a woman and a gramophone—and fire.
Forgotten Times: Directed by Alberto Catenacci
First-person accounts that evoke the diversity and complexity of of Basque migration and the return to Euskadi.
Elkartea (The Society): Directed by Kote Camacho
A group of old friends get together for dinner, discovering one of them is now down on his luck. Dinner won’t be as comfortable as expected.
Una Hora, Un Paso: Directed by Bernat Gual and Aitor Iturriza
A team of reporters enters a prison where Juan has been held for 17 years. Something terrible is about to happen.
Zela Trovke: Directed by Asier Altuna
A documentary about Basque musicians performing an old Slovak ‘moritat’, a type of ballad that narrates the events surrounding a murder.
Arconada: Directed by Asier Urbieta
An evocative coming-of-age film about a color blind boy who hopes to become a great football goalie.
A Loving Neighbor: Directed by Pello Varela
Micro-fiction contest guidelines: Write a frightening short story integrating a HOTEL.
The story MUST be NO LONGER than 390 words.
Your title does NOT count in the word-count.
You MUST use this first line: “There had been an argument down the hall.”
You are ENCOURAGED to use this image as a springboard for your setting.
There are many scary hotel stories and films (think Psycho, The Shining, that one with John Cusack, etc.), so work hard to avoid cliche’s.
Originality, great characters, engaging plot, language, and the intangible creep-factor will all be rewarded. Be strange. Surprise us. Freak us out.
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline for entry is midnight, October 25th.
Judged by Mary Shelly, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe.
First Place: A one night stay at The Modern Hotel and $25 Modern gift card.
Second Place: $35 Modern gift card.
Third Place: $20 Modern gift card.
Drink with a purpose this week – and we’re not talking about just getting a buzz. June 1-7 is Negroni Week, brought to you by Imbibe Magazine. Nationwide, bars are donating a portion of the proceeds from each Negroni cocktail purchased, with funds going to charities of their choice.
The Modern Hotel and Bar’s pick is Interfaith Sanctuary, an organization we consider vital to Boise. From their website: “Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Sanctuary provides overnight shelter for men, women, and children and provides supportive services that promote greater self-sufficiency, improved well-being, and permanent housing acquisition.”
Now, that’s a cause we can all raise a glass to!
So come, on down, and let’s do good while we drink this week. To quote the wise singer –song-writer John Prine, “Hey, it ain’t such a long drop, don’t stammer don’t stutter, from the diamonds in the sidewalk to the dirt in the gutter.”
Cheers to living and taking care of each other.
The First In-Room Film Festival: 39 Rooms
Boise, Idaho – February 20, 2015 – The Modern Hotel and Bar present the first in-room film festival.
The Modern Hotel and Bar has recently launched what is possibly the first “in-room” film festival.
Over the past year and a half the Modern has–with the help of Laura Mehlaff from Sun Valley Film Festival–acquired these films, through an open competition, for our own in-room film festival. Over 150 film submissions were received from throughout the world. They came from Idaho but they also came from Spain, the Russian Federation and even Tajikistan.
Now guests can watch short films specifically selected for the festival on the Modern Hotel‘s own Channel 39. They will even be able to vote for their favorite films, which will be awarded the honor of Guest’s Favorite Award.
Here are the selections for this year’s first international round of the festival:
• Retire for the Evening, Written and Directed by Ed Hellmanilm
• Sheltered Love, by Alex Italics, Director; Co-Producer
• Juba-lation, Filmed and Edited by Andy Lawless
• ZIMA by Cristina Picchi
• Cities and Memories, by Yuqi Kang, Poetry by Italo Calvino
• BEAST, by Brock Forrette
• One Thing to Take, directed and animated by Bill Pettitt, story by Christian Winn
• August, Director/Producer: Michael Moody Culpepper,
• Baby Crazy by Haroula Rose, Writer/Director
Several of the films are world premieres, while others have been previously selected by other festivals. Baby Crazy premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival last year and Zima was selected by Sundance. Either way we think these films are worthy of another audience. The 39 Rooms Film Festival is another way the Modern Hotel supports the Arts: by encouraging filmmakers and providing another venue to show their work.
This July we are accepting submissions for films about the Basque Country and culture. We will show them in the rooms during Jaialdi in July.
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Boise, Idaho 83702
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