Genre: Drama
               Berlinale 2009, homosexuality, family relationship, farmers, migrant, temporary help, Basque Country

The love and nothing else

  Granted – at first glance read the synopsis of Roberto Castón feature film debut Ander more brittle: In the rural idyll – or should we rather call it rather stuffy? – The Basque Country leads the sideline Bauer Ander (Josean Bengoetxea) at best a quiet life between farm work and the job in a nearby factory. Together with his sister, Arantxa (Leire Ucha), who also still lives at home, he cares for the property and the sometimes obstinate mother (Pilar Rodriguez). And nothing will change at least for him not so fast – on the contrary. Since Arantxa marry soon and so the property is abandoned, he is required in the future, the sole concern for the court and the old lady. But then, just before the upcoming wedding, Anderson breaks his leg and now must quickly be sought additional manpower, the strong tackle in the middle with the upcoming preparations. Quickly a helping hand is found in the form, those of Peru José (Cristhian Esquivel). At the time together the two disparate men more and more friends with each other, until it just comes with Arantxa wedding an outbreak of true feelings between the two and a bewildering act of love. But as it is now to go for two? Has her sincere love within the rigid rural community any chance of fulfillment and acceptance?

It is above all the circumstances and intentions of the emergence, from Roberto Castón makes feature film debut Ander a work, as you see very seldom . For the most part the film in Euskera, the language of the Basque Country is rotated only about 40 percent of the dialogues – felt the share still much lower – are in Spanish. A complete Spanish-dubbed version contradicts Castón Roberto, who incidentally is from Galicia, and not from the Basque Country, energetic. Because it is the bilingual level, which forms an essential part of the story and the Basque country as an independent, sometimes backward culture predominantly rural character describes.

But it’s not just the Basque defiant self-assertion, whose mirror image is found in the film in the form of other nut, which steadfastly refuses to speak Spanish, which makes the film stand out from the crowd. It is also the general positioning of a very delicate and thoughtfully told gay love story away from the towns and cities, in an area where there is just no gay subculture, in which same-sex lovers have to hide even more than elsewhere. A little known this already from Ang Lee’s cowboy epic Brokeback Mountain. However, Ander largely free of the melodramatic pathos Ang Lee, and focuses more on authentic-looking observations of the reaction of the environment by Anderson and José. And so it is almost inevitable that the lovers at the end of an utterly pragmatic solution.

Ander is a film that makes the courage and by his withdrawn, its austere charm, and his sparse white please. Rightly Castón debut was at the 59th Berlinale, where he was seen in the panorama, the CICAE the International Critics Prize and the Festival of Punta del Este in Uruguay an award for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Actor.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Ander Country of production: , Spain Year of Production: 2009 Length: 128 (Min.) Distribution: (# ) imagery

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