Today starts the big part of the 8th edition of the Surfilm Festibal, in Donostia (aka San Sebastian), Spain. Hoping not to clash with anyone else's post about it, I'm gonna center my attention on the area I should, the artistic one. And today's schedule couldn't be more spot on.
In case you aren't familiar with it, the Surfilm festival is a movie event that lasts for a couple of weeks and, as it's name describes, revolves around the artistry of surf movie-making scene. Growing big with the years and now reaching a respectable audience number and a total of 59 shorts and 13 long feature films, this festival was the first European one of it's kind and now the most respected one.
Today is the first "big day" opening to the public after the previous week which had the formidable debut of "180º South", a movie about a soul-seraching and wild-finding trip from California to Patagonia from a very peculiar individual. Check the trailer below and PLEASE, don't miss the movie. Today's opening big shots are the documentaries "Protect our Waves" (a surf-ethics feature presented by Patagonia®) and "the Cove". I haven't had the pleasure to watch the first one, but had the impact of doing so with the second one. "The Cove" (premiering in Spain, but seen elsewhere already) is a brutal punch in the face about the dolphin massacres that occur in Japan every so often, and the incredibly brave attempts of a small group of dedicated people to stop them. A tale of redemption, fight against corrupted institutions and love. You can watch the trailer below too and start deciding what can you do about it.
All three features are incredibly beautifully filmed and edited and confirm the Surfilm Festibal as an unmissable date.
Sadly, I won't be there. For whoever is lucky enough to visit, enjoy the movies and have a couple of pintxos with txacolí for me, please!