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Places n’ Spaces

Fiction

Premiere
New York Wasserman’s Short Film Festival (1997)

Synopsis
New York, 1997: a brief encounter between two wandering souls.

Distribution
MANKUSO

Festivals
2nd prize at Festival Int. de Elche (1999); Best Short Film at Vitoria Short Film Festival; Finalist at Igualada, Soria, and the Wasserman Film Festival in New York.

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Films

Loops

Fiction

Premiere
Los Angeles Int. Film Festival (2000)

Synopsis
Félix Zuazua plans to break a new world record.

Distribution
MANKUSO

Festivals
Dresden Int. Film Festival, Los Angeles Int. Film Festival, Atlanta Int. Film Festival, Portobello Film Festival, Glastonbury Film Festival…

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Films

Pedro Has Two Dogs

Fiction

Premiere
Festival du Film de Strasbourg (Best Director)

Synopsis
Every morning, very early, Pablo drives to the beach to meet up with Pedro Almodóvar.

Distribution:
MANKUSO

Categories
Films Music Videos

Con Ustedes… Santiago Oriol

Fiction (Mockumentary)

Premiere
2001 & 2007

Synopsis

TV series, hosted by Santiago Oriol.

“Episode 1: A Story in Black and White” (2001): Theo and Xoaquim are not ordinary people. Theirs is a story filled with incomprehension, rejection, and abuse. Betrayed at birth by a Mother Nature they do not feel they belong to, their path is a painful ordeal of isolation and anguish. But they continue forward with their struggle… a fight for their rights, to be recognized for who they feel they are and not for what they appear to be: it is the struggle of two black boys trapped in white skin.

“Episode 2: Hunting for Basajaun” (2007): In this unforgettable episode, Santiago Oriol, the intrepid field journalist, travels to the Basque provinces to investigate the mysterious phenomenon of the Basajaun, the abominable creature of the Basque forests.

Distribution
MANKUSO

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Dead Bronco

False Hearted Lover’s Blues (2012) 

A True Grit band from the Basque Country - definitely a story worth telling. When we watched the submission In Hell, from Dead Bronco, we couldn’t believe our eyes or ears. That was quickly followed by another submission, False Hearted Lover’s Blues. It wasn’t just the great videos that we liked – but the music and the voice just knocked us out. A Basque band, with the purest sounding old stylee traditional American Country music you will find. Authentic through and through. Except this was Northern Spain, not the Southern States. [In] False Hearted Lover’s Blues, you can almost feel the dust in the air and the heat of the sun in this gritty, dirty, poverty-stricken film complete with decaying animal carcass."

Other Videos:
In Hell: a Musical Mishmash (2013) Short music documentary (including the live performance at Nanclares Penitentiary)
Freight Train (2015) Music Video
European Tour promo (2014)
Penitent Man: new album promo (2014)
Lonesome Bedtime Blues (2013) live at Nanclares Penitentiary

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Films

Still-life

Fiction

Premiere
ZINEBI 52
: Int. Frestival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao (2011)

Synopsis
I started painting again. “Still-lifes”. Leave a message after the tone.

Distribution
MANKUSO

A collection of beautifully shot still-lifes, Bodegon is sad, amusing, artistic, simple but memorable."

Bodegón, by Tucker Dávila Wood, has been overshadowed by his other short film 'Los 4 Mcknifikos.' On this occasion, the director showcases a more subtle humor, beautiful cinematography, and what I liked the most, the use of imagery as almost the sole narrative resource. It's high-quality cinema condensed into five short minutes. (...) These are restrained, slow works, but they possess the charisma of shorts that withstand the test of time."

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Films

Los 4 McNifikos

Fiction

Premiere
September 2011, Friars Club Film Festival (NYC)

Synopsis
Erandio, 1980: a style was born.

Distribution
MANKUSO

Festivals:

27th Interfilm: Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin * XXVII Miami International Film Festival  * 17th Bradford International Film Festival * Mecal: 13th International Short Film Festival of Barcelona * VIII Cortisonici: Festival di Cortometraggi * XIII FEC Cambrils-ReusCortomenar 2011: VII Festival de Cortos Colmenar Viejo  * Mostra de Curtmetratges “Most Festival” * Asiana International Short Film Festival  * HBO presents: 12th New York Latino International Film Festival  * Dance: Film 11, Scotland’s Dance Film Festival  * VI Festival de Cortos Villa de la Orotava  * III Abycine: Festival de Cine de Albacete  * 8th Sedicicorto: Festival del Cortometraggio Forlì  * 13th Bunter Hund: Internationales Kurzfilmfestival München  * XVIII Festival Internacional de Jóvenes Realizadores de Granada * 10th Kansk International Video Festival * VII Ribadedeva en Corto: Festival Nacional de Cortometrajes al Aire Libre  * 20th Festival International Séquence Court-Métrage  *Fokus Film Fest  * Padova Vintage Festival  * X Route 66 Int. Film Festival  * MAIPU Cortos 2011: Festival de Cine de Humor (Best International Short Film) *VIII Festival de Cine de Comedia de Tarazona y el Moncayo (Jury Special Mention) * VII Open Cinema International Short and Animation Film Festival  * XII Festival Fantosfreak de Cortometrajes Fantásticos y Freaks  * 34th Festival Internacional de Cine de Elche  * London Spanish Film Festival  * 5th International FIlm Festival Kratkofil Plus 2011  * IX Pacific Meridian: Vladivostok International Film Festival  * Festival Internacional de Creación Audiovisual FICA 2011  * XIII Festival de Cortometrajes Ocular de La Selva del Camp (Best Short Film) * XII Festival de Cortos FIB Benicassim * 33rd Moscow International Film Festival  * X Mes + Corto: Muestra Audiovisual Internacional * 37º ed. FILMETS: Festival Int. de Filmets de Badalona  * IV Festival Internacional de Cine Bajo la Luna  * VIII Festival du DocuMenteur Abitibi-Témiscamingue  * 4ª Muestra de Cine Vasco en Caracas  * IX Certamen de Cortometrajes “Por Caracoles” (Jury Special Mention) * 5th Festival Alto Vicentino  * Festival de Cortometrajes de HAYAH  * X Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Radio City  * 9º Festival de Cortos & Videoclips Caostica 9  * III Festival de Cortos de Rodinia (Best Director) *Ciclo “Urban Cultures” organizado por la agencia Pragda * IV Huhezinema 2011 (Jury Special Mention) * Festival Iberoamericano Un Mar de Cortos  * 8th VIS: Vienna Independent Short * XI Festival de Cine de Lanzarote * II Muestra de Cortometrajes Aula de Cine ULL 2011 * Begibistan 2011 (Best Script; Nominated for Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Actor & Best Photography) *Festival de Cortometrajes Pepe Bocanegra 2011 (Best Director) * Sanferfilm Festival * XXI International Videofestival Bochum * 14º Mostra de Cinema d’Elx (Best Short Film & Best Script) *VIII L’Inconnu Festival  * XIV Festival de Cine de Málaga  * 38th Athens International Film Festival * X Festival de Cinema de Tarragona * VIII Concours de Courts  * II Tumbleweed Film Festival  * I Festival de Cortometrajes y Videocreación de Almagro * XII Concurso Iberoamericano de Cortometrajes “Versión Española” SGAE * Zinemastea v2 2011 (Best Short Film) * 8th European Short Film Festival at MIT  * 9º DIFF CHILE   

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The Perfectionists

Fiction

Premiere
54th Bilbao Int. Short and Documentary Film Festival (ZINEBI) (BEST SHORT & BEST SCREENPLAY)

Synopsis
“The alchemy of art is a futile experiment. So is life.” And with these words, Isaias built himself a boat.

Distribution
MANKUSO

And of course, 'Los Perfeccionistas,' the new Martian-esque creation (in its noblest sense) by the uncategorizable Tucker Dávila, who already caught attention with 'Los 4 Mcníficos' (...). Dávila reoffends with another portrayal of an impossible group: in this case, a formation of Dadaist performance, with a leader and some followers who are truly eccentric, and where humor, discomfort, and even a certain emotional attachment are evenly distributed. 'Los Perfeccionistas' will be the first short film broadcast on TVE, on the night of Tuesday the 17th."

Today, as a complement to a Basque filmmaker (Alex de la Iglesia), we have a Basque short film as brilliant as it is bewildering: 'Los Perfeccionistas' by Tucker Dávila Wood. We had already enjoyed the hilarious 'Los 4 McNifikos' from the same director. Now he continues in the same narrative style (...) an exciting ending for a brilliant nonsense."

Infectiously light-hearted look at a band of precocious, pretentious actors and the odd, occasionally macabre, processes they go through. Would watch a full length with the same characters. 4/5.”

I found myself being moved by some of the descriptions of why they put themselves through it, and what they have to do to understand the nature of art and of acting and of life. What’s more, some of the scenes really WERE quite artistic – the group in full costumes posed stationary on the rail track for instance, and especially the shadow play on a city wall. OK, I laughed along with the director as well, but then I thought, hey – this feeling of belonging, of suffering for one’s beliefs, of sharing daily struggles and minor achievements has an almost religious aura (...) I look forward to seeing more of his work on the big screen. 10 out of 10 stuff – really!”

The most personal perspective among all the short filmmakers belongs to Tucker Dávila, who in 'The Perfectionists' remains faithful to his absurd humor and immensely powerful visual sense by uncovering a group of reckless theater performers - something like 'The Big Lebowski's nihilists - who take the Stanislavski method to its ultimate consequences."

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Barbudos

Documentary

Premiere
Alcine 2020

Synopsis
April 2013. Despite the US embargo on Cuba, American citizen Bob Wood returns to Havana almost 60 after having left the island.

Distribution
KIMUAK (GV/EJ)

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Duellum

Fiction

Premiere
September 2015, 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival (official competition)

Synopsis
A duel in the woods, any given day.

Distribution
KIMUAK (GV/EJ)

Festivals:

63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival – Zinemaldia (World Premiere 60th BFI London Film Festival XXII Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 25 Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine 30th Brest European Short Film Festival 22º Mostra de Cine Latinoamericano de Catalunya Montenegro Frog Film Festival 2016 IX Cyborg Int. Film Festival 21 Festival du Film Espagnol de Toulouse Cerdanya Film Festival 2016 Annecy Cinéma Espagnol 14th flEXiff (International Experimental Film Festival of Australia) FERFILM 2016 of Kosovo 33rd Tehran International Short Film Festival XIV Festival Internacional de Cine de Ponferrada Begibistan 2016 Sleepwalkers International Film Festival Festival Enmut 2015 17° International Short Film Festival Scrittura e Immagine de Pescara (Best Short Film) XIX Festival de Cortos de Vitoria-Gasteiz Cortada La Noche + Corta XIV Festival de Humor en Corto (Best Director) 12th Two Short Nights Film Festival XVIII FEC European Short Film Festival XXXII Euskal Zinemaren Astea 26th Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes Korten 2016 Cineclub FAS Ratma Film Festival 2016 Hancheng International Short Film Festival of China XI Festival de Cortos Penca de Argentina Spanish Films at Instituto Cervantes of Budapest XVIII Festival de Cortometrajes de Rodinia IX Huhezinema XXII FANT – Festival de Cine Fantástico de Bilbao THESS International Short Film Festival University of Georgia Int. Short Film Festival Tehran Silent Film Festival Tlanchana Fest de México IX Festival de Cine Bajo la Luna de Islantilla Marin County Film Festival (Honorable Mention) XXII Budapest Int. Short Film Festival -BUSHO Cinemaattic 2016 Rural Film Fest 2016 La Noche Más Corta de Getxo XVII TromaDance Short Film Festival Mikrofilm Short Film Festival 2016 Cineterror Mapache Fest 2016 Festival Internacional de Cinema Independente de Brazil 2016 Festival Internacional del Cortometraje FIC VIII Wordless International Short Film Festival 10th THESS Int. Short Film Festival Quinta Muestra Internacional de cine SURMIC 2016 14th Short Soup International Short Film Festival VIII Festival del Cortometraggio CORTO CORRENTE VIII Wordless International Short Film Festival XXVI Certamen de Cortometrajes de Carabanchel VII Festival Internacional del Cortometraje FIC 28th Istanbul International Short Film Festival FIBABC 2017 Pickurflick Indie Film Festival-PIFF 2017 12th EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival Darbhanga International Film Festival 2017 (Best screenplay/Best photography)

Director Tucker Davila Wood creates a piece of work that captivates the audience with the bare bones of filmmaking. As part of Palm Springs Short Fest and the BFI London Film Festival’s Official Selection, we experience the narrative of a man and his method to escape the monotonous routine of his life. (...) Duellum is a somewhat inspiring story of finding solace in the unconventional version of yourself."

The most suggestive shorts are signed by two filmmakers (...) who are already veterans in the circuit. 'Duellum,' by Tucker Dávila, plays with absurd humor as it introduces us to a medieval warrior (...) Dávila works with image and sound (impeccable black and white, and instead of words, a song by The Kinks plays) and it avoids the usual pitfalls of short films: arrogance and pretentiousness."