Spain, 2019, 122’

Technical Film Summary

Director : Oskar Alegria
Image : Oskar Alegria
Sound : Oskar Alegria, Haimar Olaskoaga
Editing : Oskar Alegria
: Ainara Legardon, Xabier Erkizia, Elias Alegria, Maria Azcona
Production / Diffusion : Emak Bakia Films
Holder organization : Emak Bakia Films


Once there was an island. Today, thanks to the dam, it is underwater. Along with the island, the filmmaker’s childhood vanished beneath the waves. He used to play and daydream there, near his great grandmother’s sheep pen. He decides to revisit his past, inventing his very own Walden: nothing but a cabin, a broken clock, a garden and two hens to fill his solitary days – along with a lone cow who haunts the landscape. Childhood, memories and movie magic come together in this one-of-a-kind film, bursting with inventiveness, poetry and dreams. Oskar Alegria (En quête d’Emak Bakia, RIDM 2012) becomes an anthropological Crusoe, determined to raise the ghosts of the vanished world of Basque sheep pastures.

Oskar Alegria

Oskar Alegria (Pamplona, 1973). A journalist by profession, Oskar writes travel articles for El Viajero supplement of El País newspaper, and is also the creator of an artistic photography project called Las ciudades visibles (Visible Cities), supported by the writer Enrique Vila-Matas. He is a professor of documentary screenplay for the MA course in Audiovisual Screenplay at the University of Navarre, and in 2013 he was named artistic director of Punto de Vista, International Documentary Film Festival of Navarre. His first feature length film, Emak Bakia baita (The Emak Bakia house), has toured 70 international festivals, it has been awarded 15 prizes and has been translated into 13 languages. Zumiriki (2019) premiered at the Venice Festival.