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Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil - FrightFest review
By James Whittington, Tuesday 6th March 2018

Ever wished that Terry Gilliam made more movies? The man who gave us Jabberwocky, The Fisher King and Brazil gave the world a new perspective and encouraged budding movie makers around the world to make their own visions and to stick by what they wanted to create.

Step forward Paul Urkijo whose demonic movie Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil just had its UK premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow. This film is the closest thing to anything Gilliam has made in the past but at the same time feels so original and fresh that it deserves multiple views just to appreciate the detail and love in every single frame.

Ten years after Civil War in Spain 1833, orphan Usue (Uma Bracaglia) seeks escape from her abusive guardians and constant harassment from uncaring villagers. When her beloved doll is stolen, it ends up at the property of Patxi (Kandido Uranga) a lonely and feared blacksmith who is the keeper of a terrifying secret, a horrible truth that Usue innocently reveals.

Paul Urkijo has written and directed an instant classic here. It oozes quality, from the design to the solid acting, the film constantly delivers originality and invention. The recreation of the era is faithful, from the dirty looking roads to the dingy pub and the Blacksmith's home, you feel as if you're in this time period, a place where demons and the devil could be oh so real.

The cast are outstanding. Uma Bracaglia as Usue, a girl without a real family perfectly plays a little lost soul, someone who wants to belong but as her mother committed suicide she is ridiculed and hated in the small community. Her innocence shines through the hateful community and is played to perfection. Talking about perfection Kandido Uranga as Patxi the Blacksmith is a tortured soul, his years of guilt seem etched on his face and his pain is present throughout. Uranga brings depth to this larger than life character, a huge amount of humanity balancing his hero/anti-hero persona perfectly. The film belongs to Eneko Sagardoy who plays the demonic Sartael with such glee and darkness that he almost jumps off the screen. Dressed in traditional demon SFX he brings a devilish edge to Sartael, a demon who just wants to get his job done but is a prisoner and trying every trick in his dark mind to escape. Sagardoy is breathtaking in this role, relishing every line and delivering them with a tongue as sharp as his trident.

The effects, at first, are very subtle, the way Sartael's tail swishes and dances behind him depending on his mood, and become increasingly adventurous and arrive at the climatic last reel where the heart-stopping finale is played out.

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil is a film that deserves global recognition and Paul Urkijo is one of the freshest talents around. Unmissble.


Related show tags: 4 STARS, ENEKO SAGARDOY, ERREMENTARI: THE BLACKSMITH AND THE DEVIL, PAUL URKIJO
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