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Le curé basque de Gréciette

Country: France
Year: 1958
Duration: 33'
Direction: Hubert Knapp
Production: Office National de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF)

An 80-year old priest who religiously reads L´Equipe as a result of his addiction to cycling is the good starting point for a film. If this priest is also a defender of smuggling, of which he confesses to being a loyal practitioner and reveals his opinions of how the Basque people love, among other things, we are faced with a great personal and joint portrayal. With great precision and filmmaking success, Hubert Knapp devoted one of his chapters in the south-west of France entirely to an interview with Jean Elissalde “Zerbitzari”, a priest born in Ascain, film scriptwriter and member of Euskaltzaindia who did not let go of a bible in one hand to play pelota with the other. The Parisian filmmaker finds and portrays him in his beautiful parish of Gerezieta, a small world that reflects his universe.  

Hubert Knapp

(Toulon, 1924, Toulon – París, 1995)

He started his career as an assistant director for one of the pioneers of  television: Jacques Armand. After making some short films, he worked on the programme, Filmmakers of our Time, sketching the portrait of Jean-Luc Godard. In 1956, he participated in the Storytellers television series, highlighting the value of living memory and oral culture. Alongside his colleague, Jean-Claude Bringuier, he cultivated the subjective camera in the Les Croquis series, a documentary formula that they used to portray different regions of France.  In 1962, he was named Best Director by the French Association of Film and Television Critics. He later produced the Sketches, Fresselines and Chronicles of France series.


  • Serie Croquis (1957 – 1967)
  • Serie Provinciales ( ¡1969 – 1977)
  • Serie Un continent perdu: les Pique-Talosse (1979 – 1982)
  • Serie  Ceux qui se souviennent (1978 – 1984)
  • Serie Enfants de la république (1986)
Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa MestaThe Red Balloon
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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