Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil

WTF | 2017 | 93 minutes

SIFF Says:

From producer Álex de la Iglesia comes ERREMENTARI: THE BLACKSMITH AND THE DEVIL, an unholy new horror-comedy that harkens back to THE DAY OF THE BEAST (SIFF 1998). Eight years after the First Carlist War, Alfredo Ortiz, a meek official from Madrid, arrives in a remote Basque village to investigate a cache of gold that disappeared during the conflict. His inquiries center around Paxti, a masked, hermit-like blacksmith, who resides in a forbidding, heavily fortified forge on the village outskirts. It is here that Usue, an impetuous orphan girl, goes in search of her favorite doll’s head, pitched over the wall by a trio of bullies. Instead, she finds a grimy boy imprisoned in a wrought iron cage, who begs for her to free him. Usue agrees to help, unaware of the child’s fiendish true nature; meanwhile, the villagers gather outside the smithy’s gate to demand the missing gold from the ogreish blacksmith, all of which leads to a confrontation that will culminate at the gates of Hell. Beautifully weaving together elements of dark fairy tale, Faustian legend, and the Gothic, director Paul Urkijo Alijo’s feature film debut evokes Ibero-historical horrors such as THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE and THE ORPHANAGE, but with a wicked, sardonic wit all its own.

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Film Credits
Paul Urkijo Alijo
Kandido Uranga, Eneko Sagardoy, Uma Bracaglia, Ramón Aguirre, Gorka Aguinagalde
SIFF 2018