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Director(s): Oskar AlegriaES122 min.2019
75%(11 ratings)
Accessibilitynot suitable for minors under 15 years of age
LanguagesSpanish, Basque (orig.)
SubtitlesEnglish, slovak
Black and white / colourcolor and black&white

Somewhere in the Basque mountains there is a river and an island. Oscar Alegria used to have childhood holidays there. He returns as an adult to spend a few months with nature, solitary memories, and meditation. While at first glance a less than riveting subject for a film, the result is an entertaining, almost experimental, visual essay. It comprises old family films and footage from the omnipresent camera, interviews with the last remaining local shepherds, and reflections on identity, life, and the meaning of existence in today's world. Alegria becomes Robinson in the pristine countryside, experiencing and commenting on various, often comical, incidents in a forgotten part of Europe.

“Zumiriki” is an old Basque word that means “island in the middle of the river”. It is something that is seen in the film but is not explained, like everything important, everything that is revealed without being said.

Oskar Alegria IMDb trailer
Projection of Zumiriki at IFF Art Film 2023
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20. Jun
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