AMAMA: When a Tree Falls

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Spain | 2015 | 103 minutes | Asier Altuna

The rustic Basque farming traditions of the caserío are lyrically explored via a family struggling to maintain their disappearing traditions in the wake of the inevitable change that comes when the lives of parents and children begin to diverge.

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When a Basque family's eldest son opts not to take over the family farm, sensitive daughter Amaia (Iraia Elías) steps in to convince their controlling father Tomás (Kandido Uranga) of the inevitability of change. A film of rare lyricism and visual poetry, writer/director Asier Altuna's first solo dramatic feature is a sumptuous and deeply felt exploration of the struggle to maintain the customs that form identity against the inevitability of change. Symbolically rich and rooted in tremendous performances by a largely non-professional cast, AMAMA is steeped in Basque tradition but tells a universal tale of ancestry, generational divide, and the demands of progress.

Director Biography
Asier Altuna was born and raised in the Basque region of Spain. For his 2005 debut feature, Aupa Etxebeste!, he was nominated for Best New Director at the Goya Awards. AMAMA: When a Tree Falls is his second Basque-language film, and only the second Basque-language film to play in competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival (2015).

Sponsored by Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Tulalip Tribes, Accion Cultural Española

  • Original Language Title: AMAMA
  • Director: Asier Altuna
  • Principal Cast: Iraia Elías, Kandido Uranga, Amparo Badiola, Klara Badiola, Ander Lipus
  • Country: Spain
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Producer: Marian Fernández
  • Screenplay: Asier Altuna
  • Cinematographers: Javi Aguirre
  • Editors: Laurent Dufreche
  • Music: Javi P3z, Mursego
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: San Sebastian Film Festival 2015 (Irizar Award)
  • Filmography: Bertsolari (2011); Aupa Etxebeste! (2005)
  • Language: Basque
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Atera Films