Wed 30 Sept

Bye Bye, Mr. Etxebeste

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series

London Spanish Film Festival 2020

dir. Asier Altuna, Telmo Esnal | with Elena Irureta, Ramón Aguirre, Iban Garate, Azpea Goenaga | Spain | 2019 | col | 100 min | In Basque with English subtitles

After a wave of corruption scandals in nearby towns, and before they reach his own, Patrizio Etxebeste alleges health reasons and steps down from his position as mayor of the town. Nevertheless he’s determined not to lose control and names his wife, Maria Luisa, the town’s first female mayor. But Maria Luisa has her own views on how to run a town… A superb critique of modern-day society and politics with good doses of comedy, Bye Bye, Etxebeste is also a reflection with good common sense of the flaws of us as humans and the ridiculous intricacies of bureaucracy.

Preceded by the short:

Mateo’s Mother | La madre de Mateo

Mateoren ama

15 min

In Basque with English subtitles

dir. Jose Mari Goenaga, Aitor Arregi, with Iñigo Aranburu, Mariasun Pagoaga, Itziar Aizpuru, Aitziber Garmendia | Spain | 2019 | col |cert. PG | UK premiere

Mateo pays his mother a visit, long-overdue, for he worries that her identity is disappearing under the weight and strain of old age.

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Bookings

Wed 30 Sept
Ciné Lumière