"Consistently amusing." SCREEN DAILY



Director: Patxo Tellería, Aitor Mazo Country: Spain/Italy/France 2012 97 mins Romantic Comedy Euskara with English subtitles Cast: Gorka Oxtoa, Sara Cozar, Bárbara Goenaga, Aitor Mazo, Itziar Atienza, Mikel Losada, Unax Ugalde

Xabi’s (Gorka Oxtoa) life is turned upside-down in this hilarious comedy when he finds out his old friend and roommate from university days, María (Sara Cozar), is suffering from a terminal congenital heart condition. Obligated by friendship, Xabi leaves his comfortable life and girlfriend in Barcelona to visit María in Bilbao on her deathbed.

Xabi is taken by surprise when told by friends Jone (Itziar Atienza) and Lucas (Unax Ugalde) that María was once in love with him. In an act of well-intentioned compassion, Xabi lies to María and tells her that he too is in love with her, but has never had the courage to say so. Upon hearing this confession, María's heart makes a miraculous but fragile recovery for what the doctor believes will afford her an extra three months of life. Xabi then makes the decision to move in with María for her final months. This decision leads to a series of calamitous and often awkward events, particularly when Xabi’s girlfriend announces she is pregnant, and makes a surprise visit to the apartment in Bilbao where he is living with María!

Bypass sees Directors Patxo Tellería and Aitor Mazo team up for the second time in this frolicking romantic comedy full of capers that is sure to be a crowd-pleasing festival hit.

Not screening in Byron Bay.

  • 2012 San Sebastian Film Festival
All non-English language films will screen in the festival with English subtitles.