Euskadi 1985. It’s summer time, the holidays are finally here. Marcos and his 3 friends, José Antonio, Paquito and Toni, anxiously await a promising summer break from the fresh view of a 12-year-old, who doesn’t care about when, how and when.

They will while away the hours in the maze life has prepared for them, in an old, turbulent and trembling Euskadi. A maze of painted walls, where rubber balls and dreams bounce together; all covered by a sky tainted in the grey of prefabricated concrete, where life and death no longer keep formal relationships.


Original Title: Érase una vez en Euskadi

Director: Manu Gomez

Country: Spain

Year: 2021

Duration: 100 ′

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Cast: Asier Flores, Aitor Calderón, Hugo García, Miguel Rivera, Luis Callejo, Marian Álvarez, Vicente Vergara, Pilar Gómez, Vicente Romero, María Isasi, María Alfonsa Rosso, Arón Piper, Yon González, Josean Bengoetxea, Martxelo Rubio, Ruth Díaz

Genre: Drama

Rating: B12 – Not suitable for audiences under 12 years old

Director’s Bio: Manu Gómez was born in Spain. A graduate of information sciences who holds a Masters in filmmaking, Manu Gómez has been an assistant director on over twenty films, highlights of which include The Borgia, En la ciudad sin límites, and Cardenal Tarancón. He has also built a career in television and has worked as an assistant director on television series with a wide audience share. As a director, his first short, Hilarri (2000), took home the big Basque film prize at Bilbao’s documentary and short film festival (Zinebi). His latest short, Das Kind (2013), garnered over forty international prizes and was a participant in the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Once upon a time in Euskadi (2021) is his feature debut.



Outdoor Screening: Saturday, December 4, 8:45 PM

Sunday, December 5: Copa Airlines Theater, La Manzana, 8:00 AM


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