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Iván Zulueta
Spain 1979 / 110’

If there exists a film made by a Basque director that can be called a cult film, is it undoubtedly Iván Zulueta's Rapture. It is unique, postmodern, and dark, a film that has provoked many different interpretations. Filled with obsessions, the screenplay for Rapture takes on the subjects of self-destruction and using drugs to escape into memories of an idyllic childhood, as well as cinema itself as a kind of fascinating vampire. Despite a lack of financing for the movie and constantly being under the influence of hallucinogens, Zulueta used his talent and intuition to capture his audience and to draw them into his imaginary world. Rejected at the time of its release, Rapture has, in time, been hailed as a unique, bold, and mesmerizing work.

Mikel G. Gurpegui


Fantasporto 1982 – Best Screenplay, Best Actor

Iván Zulueta

Born in 1943 in San Sebastián, Iván Zulueta was a Basque filmmaker, artist, and designer of movie posters, including for films by Pedro Almodóvar, Jose Luis Borau, and Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. He studied Design in Madrid and New York, and he attended the Escuela Oficial de Cine between 1964 and 1967. He made several short films, usually on a Super 8 camera, including Agata (1966) and Ida y Vuelta (1967), as well as feature films, including Un, dos, tres, al Escondite inglés (1969), Rapture (1979), and Párpados (1989). He died in 2009.

Selected filmography

1969 Un, dos, tres, al escondite inglés

1976 A malgam a (short)

1976 Leo es pardo (short)

1979 Arrebato

Cast & Crew

director Iván Zulueta
screenplay Iván Zulueta
cinematography Ángel Luis Fernández
editing José Luis Peláez
music Grupo Negativo
cast Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More, Marta Fernández-Muro, Carmen Giralt, Antonio Gasset
producer Augusto M. Torres
production Nicolás Astigarraga
sales Manuel Casas Romero i Francisco Hoyos
language Spanish
colouration colour