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918 Nights

Country: Spain, Language: Basque, 65 mins

Original Title

918 Gau
  • Director: Arantza Santesteban
  • Writer: Arantza Santesteban

CGiii Comment

On 4th October 2007, Arantza Santesteban was arrested for alleged role in a terrorist group. She spends 918 nights in jail. Of those days she just remembers the routines, the spaces, some faces. With a rigorous and uncompromising style, the director shows a wounded state of mind by proceeding through commentaries, documents, photos, videos and glimpses of everyday life. The investigation of the raw materials of each documentation (images and words) allows her to develop a trial to herself, and each clue seems to lead to an apparently empty present, which maybe is open to new possibilities.

El 4 de octubre de 2007, Arantza, directora de la película, es detenida y llevada a prisión. De aquellos días conserva algunos recuerdos: las interminables vueltas por el patio, los campeonatos de natación, el periplo carcelario de Rasha… Tras pasar 918 noches encerrada, Arantza queda en libertad. A partir de ese momento, registra en una grabadora sus recuerdos y sus dudas, que se van desplegando a lo largo de la película a modo de una memoria fragmentada.