Filmax Presents Sword & Mace Historical Epic ‘Irati’
Filmax has acquired the international rights to ‘Irati’, an action-adventure feature film set in the 8th century Pyrenees.
Produced by Bainet in Spain, Ikusgarri Films, Kilima Media with La Fidèle Production in France, “Irati” is one of the most ambitious new Spanish films to hit the market in Berlin. Filmax will present a promo at the EFM.
Featuring battles, mythological creatures and fantasy elements in a mix of Basque legend and historical events, it also marks director Paul Urkijo’s sequel to “Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil”, which Filmax sold to Netflix for the world.
Now in post-production, ‘Irati’ stars a pagan girl who guides a young Christian lord called Eneko a trip to an ancient and mythological world. Eneko hopes to recover the lost treasure, key to defending his valley against the marauding army of Charlemagne, which is devastating the Pyrenees.
“’Irati’ is the historical, medieval, fantasy-adventure story I’ve always wanted to tell. I have always been fascinated by Basque mythology and ‘Irati’ is an epic homage to this dark and fascinating world of legend,” Urkijo said.
“Irati” stars Eneko Sagardoy, Goya Best New Actor winner for “Errementari,” along with Edurne Azkarate, Elena Uriz and “Money Heist” star Itziar Ituño.
“The film is shaping up to be nothing short of spectacular,” said Ivan Díaz, International Director of Filmax. “How could it be anything else in Paul’s hands?” He’s such a powerful director and he knows exactly how to create the perfect mix of history, Basque mythology and the most commercial and compelling genre of genre cinema.
He added, “‘Irati’ is the next step in the journey he started with ‘Errementari’, confirming what an incredibly ambitious filmmaker he is!”
“Irati” is a very ambitious film and one of the biggest productions ever made in the Basque Country, producer Iñaki Burutxaga told Bainet. “We put everything into this project, but being able to produce a film of this magnitude in the Basque Country was a very exciting challenge.”
It is supported by a combination of Basque Country and national institutions: the Spanish film agency ICCA and the national public broadcaster RTVE; the Basque Government; the Vitoria-Gasteiz. Town hall; and the Diputación Foral de Alava, its provincial authorities.