Amama: When a Tree Falls

Year of participation 2016
Program Feature Competition

Amama: When a Tree Falls
Producer(s) Marian Fernandez
Director(s) Asier Altuna
Script Asier Altuna
Director of Photography Javi Agirre
Production designer Mikel Serrano
Music by Javi P3z and Mursego
Edit Laurent Dufreche
Cast Kandido Uranga, Iraia Elias, Klara Badiola, Ander Lipus, Amparo Badiola, Manu Uranga, Nagore Aranburu
Production company(-ies) Txintxua Films Euskadi Etorbidea N-53, 4º A, finca 36 20110 Trintxerpe Gipuzkoa


The traditional stone farmhouse, the bastion of rural Basque life, guards both mystery and atavistic wisdom between its ancient walls. Life in such a place can seem isolating and harsh by contemporary standards; its inhabitants often feel trapped by a destiny imposed on them since birth. The three children of Tomas and Ixabel each grapple with this reality in their own way: hiding behind humor, escaping through travel, or, in the case of Amaia, seeking release through exploratory works of art. Amaia tries not to sever herself from her heritage, but Tomas-- who was raised according to an iron tradition - cannot understand her life as anything more than the final abandonment of the farmhouse that has sheltered the soul of his family for generations. Amaia is desperate to reconcile her artistic pursuits with the legacy of her ancestors, even against the uncomprehending stubbornness of her own father. Grandma - Amama - quietly watches the destiny of her family unfold, even as the world fades before her eyes.

Best Basque Film, Iriza Award, Best Basque Script, Screenwriters Association Award, San Sebastian IFF, 2015 Best Music Award, Cinemed Montpellier, France, 2015, Best Film, Best Director, Principe de Viana Award, Audience Award, Festival de Cine “Ciudad de Tudela”, 2015, Best Film, Txapela D’Or, Barcelona, 2015, Best Film Award, Semana del Cine de Vitoria, 2015, Best Film, Grand Jury Prize, Latinita Festival in Ajaccio, Corsica, 2015, Best Film, Student Jury Prize, Festival Ojoloco in Grenoble, France, 2015, Best Film, Young Jury Award, Festival de Cinema Espagnol du Nantes, France, 2015, Best Script, Silver Simorgh Award, Fajr IFF, Iran,  2015

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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