Borja Cobeaga

Borja Cobeaga | Spain | 2014 | 79 min. | V.O. Spanish subtitled in English

Negociador is based on the negotiations between the president of the Basque PSE Eguiguren and ETA in 2005 and 2006. Leaving aside the specific content of the negotiations to concentrate on the personal relations between the representatives on both sides, Cobeaga seems to want to show that no subject is so delicate it can’t be laughed at. Manu Aranguren, a Basque politician, is the Spanish government representative who travels to the French hotel to negotiate with the terrorist group. A confrontation which Manu will try, unsuccessfully, to deal with away from the negotiating table, attempting to win over the inflexible, unpleasant ETA representative. But with the arrival of a new representative, direct and unpredictable, matters are turned around, and not exactly to Aranguren’s liking.

Direction: Borja Cobeaga

Script: Borja Cobeaga

Cinematography: Jon D. Domínguez

Editing: Carolina Martínez

Music: Aranzazu Calleja

Sound: Pablo Bueno

Cast: Ramón Barea, Josean Bengoetxea, Carlos Areces, Melina Matthews

Production: Nahikari Ipiña, Borja Cobeaga


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