Synopsis: The bombing of Guernica and the art works that Jose Luis Zumeta and Mikel Laboa created to evoke that fateful event come alive as a single piece to inspire this animated document. Guernica, April 26th 1937, market day. Nothing seems to indicate that everyday life will be violently interrupted. But preparations for a terrible military operation are underway.
Director(s): Angel Sandimas
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13 min

The war for freedom continues

whilst heroic deeds are done

throughout our territory.

Our magnificent loyalist militia

have expelled the fascists from Madrid.

The defeated totalitarians head north

with the aid of the enemies of freedom:

The Italian fascists and German Nazis,

aiming to attack

the impenetrable north Democratic belt.

From the basque country barricades,

tireless militia will defend democracy,

prepared to sweat blood.

A frightened Franco

seeks help from Hitler

and his condor legion,

led by Von richthofen,

cousin of the red baron himself.

To stop them, the Soviet union has sent

their bravest to fight for democracy

on the battlefield

with a message of death to the fascists.

We will not allow fascist fallacies

to poison our spirit.

We won the battle in Madrid.

We shall win!


I despise propaganda, pal.

I don't care who's slingin' it.


may I have a swig?

- Sovietski?

- Da.

Can't share it, pal.

Cough syrup. Sore throat, see?


It is not your war.


But I'm still here, anyway.


Hello, francois, how are you?

Good, good.

Just arrived a couple of days ago.

Yes, getting in touch with the city.

You know,

you can't see a single soldier here.

No. I'm sure. I'm sure.

Yes. No tanks, no weapons.

They're all in the border

trying to defend here, but...

Yes, somebody told me. Yes...



Hey, what are you doing?

I was transmitting my article.

I work for a French newspaper.

You know the rules.

If you tell your paper

we're losing the war, we cut you off.

It's better than cancelling your permit

or arresting you, which we can also do.


-I'm just trying to do my job.

- So am I.

Carmen, I want a copy of his articles

one hour before transmission.

It's the first time

he's been sent as a journalist.

How are you feeling?

You don't look too good.

I didn't sleep well.

I've a lot on my mind.

Vasyl is waiting for you in his office.

Go on.

Good morning.

Teresa. How are you?


One moment.

This is for you.

No. You shouldn't.

Well, I missed you. Come.

How was Madrid?

Well, dangerous.

And I'm glad to be here.

They're beautiful.

Beauty attracts beauty.

I forgot one more thing.

Here you go.

- Too heavy for chocolates, huh?

- It is.


Do you like it?

Thank you.

You'll pay for it.

Hit him, hit him.

- What's going on?

- He'll be hanged.

- He's lucky if that's all.

- His plane was shot down.

He's one of the German bomber pilots.

Hey, don't you dare!

Hey, marta.

Hey, Henry.

I've been waiting for you outside.

So, now you're drunk.

Not drunk enough.

Come on. Let's go.

Wait, sir!

Wait! Do you want an apple?


There you go.

Thank you!

Take a tip. Never eat the local food.

Come on. It takes an hour to get to the front.

Now, wait a minute, because...

What do we want

to go to the battlefield for, anyway?

I got a better idea. Look. Look.

This morning's troop movements.

Where did you get that map?

I drew it.

You drew it?

I figure we'd just,

you know, add a few details, like...

- What?

- My name.

In big letters.

And we take a nice photo of it. You know?

There, in front of those sandbags.


What kind of journalist have you turned into?

A wise one.



Are you really going to

lie to your paper like that?

No. Not a lie.

It's the truth.

I've seen war, marta.

I know the truth of war,

and I know how to tell it.

So, the truth is whatever I choose to write.


- Cheese.

- No.

You know you adore me. Come on.

Guess who has tickets

to the bach concert next weekend?

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angel sandimas

He was born in Pamplona-Iruña (Spain) and worked for many years as a creative interior designer and airbrushing specialist before moving into the audio-visual sector as a director specialized in Digital Animation. He worked for several years as a digital artist as well as participating in the design of several sets for various films. He then completed his education in Computer Generated Imaginary CGI in Madrid, while he took charge of editing the short film "Searching for the polar decline" and all its digital effects. Later he started working into a creative team dedicated to the creation of digital content for museums and multimedia shows, becoming director of several very successful audio-visual works. Thanks to that he got a very relevant post as he became responsible for conducting the special effects and digital archaeology recreations for museums in the Basque Country like the Oiasso Museum of the Romanization in Irun or the Pre-industrialization Museum in Legazpi among others. He became a freelance and worked with artist Javier Longobardo in the production of 3D musical videos with bands such as Ladytron, The Planets or MUM among others. He embarked on his first animation film "Gernika" along with the painter J.L. Zumeta which was released in 2012 on the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Gernika in the Victoria Eugenia Theatre during the celebration of the X Human Rights Film Festival in Donostia-San Sebastian. The film was also selected in numerous international film festivals and got several awards including the award for "Best Film on Disarmament" at the Um Film per la Paz Festival in Italy and the award for "Best Basque Short Film" at the Festival Cortada of Vitoria-Gasteiz. He also produced the exhibition "From Canvas to display” about his short film Gernika in Donostia-San Sebastián, which was widely acclaimed by the attending audience of over 4000 visitors. Nowadays he combines his work as a freelance in special effects for films with his expertise in videomapping creation. The commission by the Government of Navarra to produce and direct the Videomapping work projected onto the facade of the Mirador at the Olite Castle for the opening ceremony at the Classical Theatre Festival 2014. He has participated in several film festivals and was selected to be part of the Jury at Cinanima International Festival, one of the most important worldwide since it qualifies for the Oscars and is the longest and the most consolidated festival in the world of animation. In the last time I have been responsible for numerous mappings in Spain collaborating with different studies and also in international collaborations AWARDS -Finalist at Moscow International Festival Circle of Light 2018 in Art Vision Classic Category -Finalist at “LUZ Y VANGUARDIAS” international maping contest 2018 (Salamanca- SPAIN) -Finalist at Moscow International Festival Circle of Light 2016 in Art Vision Modern Category -Finalist at Moscow International Festival Circle of Light 2015 in Art Vision Classic Category -Finalist Project THE ROUNDED SQUARE"at International Mapping Contest FIMG 2015 in Girona. -Finalist at International Mapping Contest GENIUS LOCI WEIMAR 2015 in Germany -First Prize at International Video Mapping Contest LUX GRECO 2013 in Toledo, Spain -Best National Animation Short Film Award at Fotofilm Calella in Barcelona 2013 -“Sereia Animada”Award at International Animation Film Festival in Espinho in Portugal 2013- -Best Basque Short Film Award at Cortada Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz 2012 -Special Award for the Best Film at Disarmament International Festival “A Film for Peace” 2014 -More than 40 selection in national and international film festivals animation more…

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