Within the framework of its 71st edition, the San Sebastián Festival has faced criticism from those who have denounced the presence of Don’t call me Veal. Now, andl documentary about Josu Urrutikoetxea, the former leader of the terrorist group ETA, led by Jordi Évole and Màrius Sánchezalready has a release date on Netflix.
Is about an exclusive interview by the Catalan journalist with the former head of ETAin which the interlocutors address decisive moments of the terrorist organization until its dissolution in 2018. The production of Netflix will inaugurate the section Made in Spain of the festival, which includes 19 other outstanding Spanish feature films of the year.
“Above all, we made this movie because We have a responsibility with the history of our country, which in part is very marked by ETA terrorism. It seemed like a unique opportunity to interview someone who belonged to that terrorist organization,” says the Catalan. “It is an exercise in historical memory,” adds Sánchez. “For someone like him to face the archive of what happened is unprecedented.”
Where to see and when ‘Don’t Call Me Veal’ premieres
Don’t call me Veal the next one will arrive December 15 to Netflix, after its premiere at the San Sebastián festival. With a duration of 101 minutes, this production takes an unprecedented look at the depths of the terrorist group and some of its decisive moments until its dissolution in 2018.
Before its release on streaming, some victims’ associations and police unions asked for a ban on its release. In fact, José Luis Rebordinos responded, with an official statement, to the open letter signed by 514 peoplesome references from journalism, literature and universities such as the writer Fernando Aramburu, author of Homelandor the philosopher Fernando Savater, where they requested that it be excluded from the event’s programming, understanding that it serves to “whitewash ETA.”
The director of the festival then assured that the documentary “neither justifies nor whitewashes ETA” and argues that the San Sebastian festival “would not screen a film with those premises.” The controversy is served.
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