Adrià Julià’s film La Villa Basque, Vernon, California depicts a restaurant of the same name in Vernon, Calif., a tiny community just five miles east of downtown Los Angeles. It was co-founded by a French Basque immigrant in 1905.
An homage to the town founder’s ethnic roots, the restaurant is a Basque mirage and imagined memorial to the family that is still controlling the community. In his film, Julià examines the restaurant’s elaborate and outdated décor, customs and activities. The piece is a metaphor for memory as much as it is a tangible example of the American dream.