Jørgen Leth and Pelota II

IDFA 2015. Danish auteur filmmaker Jørgen Leth and Spanish anthropologist Olatz González Abrisketa take us into the world of the Basque ballgame pelota in Pelota II, presented in the Masters section.

Jørgen Leth made a film in 1983 about this centuries-old sport, which is similar to squash. Now returning to the subject, Leth shifts his focus to the mysteries of the balls that undergo a number of ritualistic selection procedures. Leth has made several films about the poetry of sports, his main passion being cycling.