• El agua
  • El agua
  • El agua

El agua / The Water

by Elena López Riera Focus Competition

In a Spanish village, young people dance and drink the summer boredom away. But an approaching storm threatens the local river to overflow. An old folktale circulates among the villagers, according to which some women are destined to disappear without a trace as the flood sets in. During the electrifying atmosphere before the storm, 17-year-old Ana and 20-year-old José fall in love with each other – until the storm sets free. For her feature film debut, director Eelene López Riera returns to her hometown and presents a personal youth drama that skilfully balances realism with the supernatural.

About the director(s)

Born in Orihuela, the Spanish filmmaker Elena López Riera first completed her doctorate before teaching comparative literature in Geneva, Madrid and Valencia. Her short film PUEBLO (2015) world premiered during the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. This was followed by LAS VÍSCERAS (2016), which premiered at Locarno. Her most recent short film LOS QUE DESEAN (2018) was nominated for the European Film Award. López Riera is also a founding member of "lacasinegra", a collective for audio-visual research and practice. Her debut feature-length fiction film EL AGUA had its world premiere during the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes.

Filmography: El agua (2022) | Los que desean (short film, 2018) | Las vísceras (short film, 2016) | Pueblo (short film, 2015) | Pas à Genève (short film, 2014)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, Spain, France, 2022
  • Runtime: 104 Min
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Director: Elena López Riera
  • Cast: Luna Pamies, Bárbara Lennie, Nieve De Medina, Alberto Olmo, Irene Pellicer, Nayara De Lucas , Lidia María Canovas , Pascual Valero
  • Screenplay: Elena López Riera, Philippe Azoury
  • Cinematography: Giuseppe Truppi
  • Editor: Raphaël Lefevre
  • Sound: Carlos Ibanez, Mathieu Farnarier, Denis Sechaud
  • Music: Mandine Knoepfel
  • Producers: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney, Natalia Maestro, Rafa Moles, Pepe Andreu, Sylvie Pialat, Alejandro Arenas
  • Production Companies: Alina Film Sarl, SUICAfilms, Les Films du Worso, Radio Télévision Suisse
  • World Sales: Elle Driver
  • Swiss Distribution: Cineworx Filmverleih GmbH
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