JAI ALAI BLUES
Director: Gorka Bilbao
Production: Berde Produkzioak
Language: Spanish / Basque / English
Runtime: 99 minutes
SALES: INTERNATIONAL SALES AND SPANISH DISTRIBUTION
How can a rural sport such as Jai Alai be exported succesfully to so many countries?
Jai Alai Blues is a documentary-project of the history behind it, in which the entrepreneurs took advantage of the success the game and the gambling had provided to promote the sport that ended up being incredibly popular in very unalike countries. Egypt, China, the Philippines, Cuba, Mexico and the United States are some of the scenarios in the Jai Alai background. In these places, the pelotaris were considered true artists who attracted extensive media coverage to the activities at the Fronton.
But the splendour of the Jai Alai golden age didn’t last forever.
2015: San Sebastian International Film Festival - Zinemira
MEDIMED Doc Market - Barcelona
2015: Zinemaldia CAT - Barcelona (Txapela D'Or to the Best Documentary)
2015: Kino Aero FIlm Festival - Prague
2016: Rencontres sur Les Docks Festival - Bayonne
2016: BCN Sports Film Festival - Competition (Special Jury Mention)
- Txapela D'Or Award to the Best Documentary in Zinemaldia.CAT
- Special Jury Mention in BCN Sports Film Festival