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Obaba

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Original title
Obaba
Year
Running time
100 min.
Country
Spain Spain
Director
Screenwriter
Montxo Armendáriz (Novel: Bernardo Atxaga)
Music
Xavier Capellas
Cinematography
Javier Aguirresarobe
Cast
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Producer
Oria Films / Pandora Film / Neue Impuls Films / Canal + España
Genre
Drama. Romance | Small Town Life (Non-North American). Ensemble Film. Magic Realism
Synopsis / Plot
Twenty-five-year-old Lourdes (Bárbara Lennie) decides to travel with her video camera to Obaba, a small town in the Basque Country, to record the comings and goings of its residents as part of a class assignment. She quickly befriends Miguel (Juan Diego Botto) and is drawn immediately to his easygoing nature: he is the only person in town that seems completely comfortable with himself. Lourdes begins to dig into the town's past to try to understand its present. However, the more she digs, the more it seems that strange and magical things are happening in Obaba; things that may be related to the odd green lizards that plague the townspeople - and allegedly feed on their brains. She attempts to record the passage of time with her camera, but quickly learns that life's mysteries are impossible to define or explain and that even attempts to capture them can get in the way of experiencing true wonder.

Obaba is Spain’s official nominee for Best Foreign Language Oscar 2005.
Awards
2005: Goya Awards: Best Sound. 10 Nominations, including Best Film and Director
2005: Forqué Awards: Nominated for Best Film
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