Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1983

46 min.DK/Documentary

A documentary - and fascinated - view of the Basque ball-game in which a small hard leather ball is hit against a wall. The film gives an impression of the game itself and of those who play it, not only the star performers (and the myths that surround them), but also those who just play in the streets and alleyways. The film sees the game it its cultural context and conveys the emotions and stories that are peculiar to the Basque country.
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Original title Pelota
Danish title Pelota
Keywords Pelota, Sport, Spain, 1980-1989
Director Jørgen Leth
Screenplay Klaus Rifbjerg, Ebbe Traberg, Jørgen Leth
Director of Photography Dan Holmberg, Ole John
Editor Franz Ernst
Sound Morning Pastorok
Appearance Antano III, Retegui II, Berasaluce IV, Jean-Pierre Laduche
Production country Denmark
Production company Statens Filmcentral, Danmarks Radio, John & Leth Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
International sales
Technical info 538 meter, 16 mm, color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 09.09.1983
Cinemas Vester Vov Vov
TV release 24.05.1995, DR
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Statens Filmcentral, Danmarks Radio, John & Leth Film
Commissioned by Statens Filmcentral, Danmarks Radio
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Jørgen Leth


Script Klaus Rifbjerg
Script Ebbe Traberg
Script Jørgen Leth


Production Ole John


Cinematography Dan Holmberg
Cinematography Ole John


Stills Georg Oddner


Editing Franz Ernst


Sound Morning Pastorok
Sound editor Niels Arild


Appearance Antano III
Appearance Retegui II
Appearance Berasaluce IV
Appearance Jean-Pierre Laduche
Appearance Joseph Laduche
Appearance Cipriano Ruiz
Appearance Cipriano Ruiz Jr.
Appearance Tolosa
Appearance Atano X

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2008-05-09
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