Obaba

ObabaBB.5

(out of 5)


Montxo Armendariz adapts Bernardo Atxaga’s short story collection Obabakoak with less than stellar results. A young woman decides to do her university video project on a small, remote village in Basque country, and upon arrival gets to know the locals. Befriending and beginning an affair with the village stud (), our heroine learns about odd village superstitions (including forest lizards who like to eat brains) and is told stories about some eccentric members of the area from the past (which are where Atxaga’s stories come in). Armendariz’s invented through-line is often at odds with the tales of love, drama and death that the girl learns about, making for a viciously uneven storyline that eventually gets boring. The first flashback story, about a schoolteacher (Mad Love‘s ) with a passion for her star pupil, is the film’s best.


Germany/Spain, 2005

Directed by

Screenplay by Montxo Armendariz, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Montxo Armendariz, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2005


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Goya Award
Best Sound

Nominations
Best Film
Best New Actress (Barbara Lennie)
Best Supporting Actress (Pilar Lopez de Ayala)
Best Director (Montxo Armendariz)
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Best Cinematography
Best Special Effects
Best Production Design
Best Production Supervision


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