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Romantic comedy Eight Basque Surnames sets Spain box office record

Published on Apr 22, 2014 11:05 AM

MADRID (AFP) - A romantic comedy film set in Spain's politically sensitive Basque region has become the country's biggest ever home-grown box office hit, its distributor said on Monday.

Eight Basque Surnames by director Emilio Martinez Lazaro "is the most watched Spanish film with 6.6 million viewers" in cinemas since its release on March 14, Universal Pictures Spain said in a statement.

The film treads sensitive ground with the tale of a red-blooded Andalusian, Rafa, who comically pretends to be a proud Basque in his efforts to woo a Basque woman, Amaia, on her home turf.

Cautious hopes have arisen in the Basque country after the armed separatist movement ETA in 2011 promised a definitive end to decades of violence there.

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