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a film by Juan Palacios
A young filmmaker travels back home to Basque Country to follow three friends on a surreal nautical voyage. Riding a second-hand paddle boat, they pedal over 150km along the entire Basque coast from Hendaia (French Basque Country) to Bilbao in an attempt to rediscover their country's shoreline. However, as a paddle boat is not made for the rough Basque sea, things don't go as planned. The journey becomes a delirium with unforeseen accidents, folkloric parties, hangovers, a shaman, a funeral... Documenting the expedition of these "sailors" on his own, the filmmaker finds himself on a parallel inner journey.
CRÉDITOS / CREDITS / KREDITUAK
Con / With: Eneko Belaunzaran, Jon Lopez & Joseba Etxeberria
Coproducida por / Co-produced by: Lapiscina & Botika Producciones
Cámara / Camera operator: Juan Palacios
Ayudantes de producción / Production assistants: Lohitzune Sistiaga & Lorea Palacios
Música original de / Score: Lauki, Peter Sejersbøl, Shame Salvador & FORZUDO
Guión, producción, dirección y montaje / Written, produced, directed & edited by: Juan Palacios
WHAT MOVE ME TO MAKE THIS FILM?
Perhaps due to my scientific training, I've developed a particular interest in the way humans interact with the natural world—I want to make documentaries about this. Plus, I am Basque. This project is a unique opportunity to show the world, from a rare perspective, the coastline and culture of this small country. An unorthodox film, but with a very "human" touch where I hope the viewer connects with the three protagonists. Three individuals who, in my opinion, are exceptional characters, not only because they are friends, but rather because of their particular way of seeing the world. Doesn't one have to be exceptional to make a 125km voyage in a paddleboat? In short, it is an extraordinary story that has to be told. And as Jacques Cousteau said, "When a man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it for himself"..
HOW IS YOUR MONEY SPENT?
This is a low-budget documentary, therefore we are asking people to offer their resources and manpower whenever possible during the production. One of the greatest difficulties we will face during filming is the terrain we will travel across, as the Basque coast is rough and unpredictable. We need good Samaritans to help with transporting material and other logistical issues. Therefore, part of the budget must go towards transportation and maintenance. The remaining budget will be put towards rental and purchase of certain equipment. We do, fortunately, have access to a Zodiac and a sailboat from which we can track the pedalo and film more dynamic and technically complex shots.
The filming will take place between August 10 and September 7.
We need at least €1,700 for:
- €900 for rental and purchase of equipment
- €400 for transportation and maintenance
- €225 for bank fees, production and reward deliveries
- €85 for 5% commission to Verkami
Thank you for lending us a hand! Don't hesitate to write us if you want more information