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Amaia Aberasturi

Amaia AberasturiAmaia Aberasturi, born on the 28th April 1997 in Gautegiz, Arteaga, Spain. She is popularly known for being a Spanish actress.

She started acting as child artist in 2010 when she was 13 years old. She was first appeared in 2010 in 'The Retaliators' in the role of Leire.

Amaia was nervous, expectant and excited. At only 23 years old, Amaia Aberasturi dreams of being able to live from acting and her work in 'Akelarre', by Pablo Aguero, has fallen like a gift from heaven.

To be an unknown to the general public and get to star in the only Spanish fiction film in competition at the San Sebastian Festival 2020 is to enter through the big front door.

An opportunity that will make her the center of attention and one of the talked about names of the year. She has plenty of appeal, desire and talent.

Her "coming out party" was Saturday, September 19, 2020 and she had to do it in plaster cast: she was recovering from a fall from horseback. Amaia explains that she was excited to be there:

"I was nervous because I wanted to be welcomed well and valued for my work," she says. "The truth is that it is an illusion that I had not thought of as I am a person who lives very much in the present."

Amaia Aberasturi"When I finished shooting the film, I was left with a very positive feeling for my work and for the team, but I didn't think any further. When they told me we were going to the Official Section, I was amazed and happy."

The film 'Akelarre', directed by the Argentine Pablo Aguero, takes one to the Basque Country of the early seventeenth century, to a coastal village whose men are all fishing at sea.

There the fearsome judge Rostegui lands to arrest and accuse a group of women of witchcraft.

One of these young women, Ana - played by Amaia Aberasturi, will soon give free rein to her imagination to satisfy the judge's desire for knowledge and thus gain time until the return of men to the village.

'Akelarre' is a feminist review of the witch hunt, in which the myth of the witch is portrayed as a clear stigmatization of women.

As Amaia Aberasturi points out, "until now everything has been told from the point of view of man, from patriarchy."

However, 'Akelarre' tells it from the point of view of the woman, it is seen that behind these accusations of witchcraft there are only some young and happy girls whom all they had wanted was to enjoy life.

Amaia AberasturiThe young Basque applauds this type of film, because although she recognizes that her generation is more egalitarian, she believes that "there is still much to do - I am not amused to return home late and I still hear the typical sexist comments."

The young women accused of witchcraft in 'Akelarre', for setting up a party in the forest.

Ana is a character that Amaia Aberasturi manages to impregnate with strength, freshness and seduction. She landed the role in a casting.

"As soon as I read the script I said, 'This has to be mine.' I loved it and, in addition, at that time the character was called Amaia, I took it as a sign, although in the end we changed the name to Ana."

"The character is wonderful, I loved it from minute one. It was love at first sight."

The film naturally combines Basque and Spanish and immerses us in the natural magic of the Basque landscapes, in many of which real witch hunts were lived.

Amaia admits to being proud to show a piece of her culture, which she loves so much. She assures that putting herself in the shoes of the young woman accused of being a witch was not difficult for her and to do so she relied on her coach, Clara Mendez Leite.

Amaia Aberasturi"Of course," she admits, "there is some pretty deep work of character composition because Ana and I are not at all alike; we do have the same vitality but I don't consider myself so brave or so driven forward."

She laughs as she remembers the scene where she has to simulate an orgasm, as great as Meg Ryan's in 'When Harry Met Sally.'

Actress Amaia Aberasturi, born in Artea (Vizcaya), is cautious and has her feet on the ground. She studied early childhood and primary education as well as acting.

"I love being a teacher but it is my plan B, my dream since I was twelve has been to be an actress and I'm fighting for it."

Before 'Akelarre', she starred in the film 'Vitoria 3 de Marzo' and played a supporting character in the series '45 Revolutions'. "It was a role I liked because it's the only contact I've ever had with doing comedy."

When she is told that her name sounds like one of the revelation actresses of the year she takes it happy but cautious.

Amaia Aberasturi"It's a pleasure to be told but these things we already know how they are, maybe the flute sounds or it stays in nothing, I don't know. I live in the present and we'll see what happens in the future."

"Now I have to work hard, but we already know what this profession is like, there is always a luck factor that does not depend on you. It's also a long-distance race, sometimes we have a lot of work and sometimes nothing, you have to accept that and pull forward."

Basque Country - 1609. The men of the region have gone to sea. Ana participates in a party in the forest with other girls from the village.

Judge Rostegi, commissioned by the King to purify the region, arrests them and accuses them of witchcraft.

He decides to do whatever it takes to get them to confess what he thinks they know about the coven, a magical ceremony during which the Devil supposedly initiates his servants and mates with them.

This is the synopsis of the film 'Akelarre' , which premiered at Zinemaldia and is the only film from the Spanish State that has been selected for the Official Selection.

This magazine runs through the hands of its protagonist, the Biscayan actress Amaia Aberasturi, the ins and outs of this new story about witchcraft in Euskal Herria and the reasons that led her to become an actress.

Amaia AberasturiHave you ever been interested in witchcraft?

"Yes, perhaps driven by Basque mythology. People talked about witches at school and it's something that has always aroused my curiosity"

"In this film it is said that in reality the witches were not witches, but girls who met to sing, dance, drink and enjoy themselves. That's all. Seeing the witches from Akelarre's point of view has changed my mind."

But it is a fascinating world...?

"Yes, and both the one from mythology and the one from reality that will be seen in the film. Here, in my town of Artea, on the night of San Juan, we usually burn a witch that is made at school. We take it for fun, but it's macabre, and when you think about it, it's even cruel."

You are a very young woman - just 23 years old. How long have you been an actress?

"I started by chance when I was twelve years old in a film called Zigortzaileak. They hired me to do a main character and as a result of that movie I discovered that I really liked acting."

"I already knew then, and I knew from a very young age, that I wanted to be an artist; what I didn't know was what kind of artist I wanted to be."

Amaia Aberasturi"I really liked dancing and interacting with the public, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I grew up. That movie opened my eyes in a certain way and also some other doors."

They say it's very difficult to be an actress in Euskadi?

"Honestly, yes it is; the work is in Madrid and Barcelona, but even there it is difficult to be an actress, because there are many of us who want to dedicate ourselves to this profession."

"I am lucky to be Basque and know Basque, which is an advantage because it allows you to work on the films that are made here, and also at ETB-1. But despite everything, it is complicated. In the end, you almost always have to go to Madrid."

Where do you live now?

At the age of 18 I went to Madrid to study and on vacation I returned home. I was there for five years, but a few months ago I came back and when there is a project I will go wherever it is.

Are you self taught?

At the beginning, yes. In the Gernika area he did not know of any acting school. From the ages of 12 to 18, I was very focused on studying what corresponded to those years of my life.

I didn't do any acting, but I did train as a dancer at the Ross Dantza Eskola. When I went to Madrid I did a degree in Film and Television, and a teacher, Clara Mendez-Leite, gave me body training classes for actors.

Amaia AberasturiI loved the experience. She later created her own school together with her husband, Alberto Ammann.

What do you think influences when developing a career like yours?

There is a lot of competition and you have to work very hard, but there is also the luck factor. It is that our work often does not depend on us, but on you giving a certain profile, and talent does not always come into play, also some factors that are physical.

Yes, he also worked on Tell me how it happened . He was a short character, but very funny. I had a great time and enjoyed it very much. The truth is that I enjoy all the characters I play.

Akelarre is the only Spanish film selected for the Official Section of Zinemaldia.

I did not expect. Well, I don't know if I expected it or not, because I didn't even think it would happen. That we are selected for the Official Section is a recognition in itself.

It is something that makes you think that the film is very good, although I was already convinced of that. We'll be there in a few days and we'll see what happens.

In June 2019 he finished the recording of Akelarre. It is the only Spanish film selected for the Official Selection of Zinemaldia. It has also been chosen for the Irizar Awards, which are awarded within the framework of the festival.

In June 2019 he finished the recording of Akelarre, the film he stars in and in which he gives life to Ana. It is the only Spanish film selected for the Official Selection of Zinemaldia. It has also been chosen for the Irizar awards, which are awarded within the framework of the festival.

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