Maixabel

The human faces of ETA’s violent legacy
by
ABR Arts 28 April 2022

Maixabel

The human faces of ETA’s violent legacy
by
ABR Arts 28 April 2022
Luis Tosar as Ibon Etxezarreta and Blanca Portillo as Maixabel Lasa in <em>Maixabel</em> (image courtesy of Palace Films)
Luis Tosar as Ibon Etxezarreta and Blanca Portillo as Maixabel Lasa in Maixabel (image courtesy of Palace Films)

You are camping with friends, drinking beer and swimming, celebrating your nineteenth birthday. A car pulls up in the forest. Your aunt emerges, and as she walks towards you she calls out, palms pressed as if in prayer. In Spanish filmmaker Icíar Bollaín’s gripping Maixabel (2021), it is enough for a relative to say your name to know that the worst has happened: your world has ended, your father has finally been slaughtered.

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