Arder eta Yul (1988)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Spain  |  
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Basque country, in northern Spain and southern France, has been plagued for decades (if not longer) by the activities of a violent separatist group known (using initials from its Euskara-language name) as ETA. This drama, filmed largely in the language of the Basques (Euskara), concerns the complex relations between a former ETA member and his society. In particular, it focuses on a showdown between the man who has now become a drug-runner, and his former best friend, who in addition to being involved in anti-government terrorism, actively fights the drug trade. The activity of the police is consistently shown as either sinister or irrelevant, while the ETA is shown in perhaps the best light it can be. A great deal of talk, political and otherwise, fleshes out this slim story.