Direction: Jørgen Leth
Undoubtedly one of the best historic documentaries on pelota by the great international filmmaker, which shows that good films, like wine that is carefully blended, ages to perfection: looking now at the images of a young Retegi running through the mud to train in his hometown of Erasun is priceless and a gift to our filming tradition. In addition to covering legends, the film also travels through the passion and the anthropology of those who play in the streets and in the small porticos of the churches. The game is attached to the village or the village is attached to the game, which at times is not the same, as seen clearly in the film.
Jørgen Leth Aarhus, Denmark, 1937
Jørgen Leth is a Danish film director and author. He has published 26 books and made 45 films, most of which have been distributed internationally, earning critical acclaim and receiving numerous awards from all over the world. He has received a lifelong grant from the Danish state for his achievements in filmmaking. He is an expert in travel films and portraits of places, New York Street Performers (1982), and an exceptional commentator of sporting achievements, A Sunday in Hell (1977); Michael Laudrup: A Football Player (1993); Jørgen Leth is also considered by many members of the 1990s Dogma generation to be the father of this movement and the maestro of the famous director, Lars von Trier. One of his best known films, The Perfect Human, was premiered alongside La Chinoise by Jean-Luc Godard at the Cannes Festival in 1967.