Lúa vermella

Red Moon Tide
In a village on the Galician coast, life has slowed to a crawl. All that moves is the light over the bay, the swell around the shore, the fronds of weed swirled along by the river, the animals that now wander unheeded through the dark houses. Their inhabitants stand motionless, each trapped in a different stance, on the mudflats, in the streets, by the dam, next to the mysterious rock whose form is that of the wave that sank Rubio’s boat and pulled the fisherman under, thus ushering in the curse. They speak in voiceover and their accounts overlap, their words revolve more around their own predicament than telling a linear story, they keep talking of Rubio, of past warnings, of the red moon, the beast, the sea. Even if everything still looks like today, they say a thousand years have already passed. But movement is coming, three witches have come down from the mountain, soggy footsteps can be heard on the soundtrack, pressure builds behind the dam and scales shimmer in the depths. As the old map which opens the film suggests, magical tales of treacherous waters, drowned sailors and monsters from the deep stretch far back into history but how do such tales end in the present day?
by Lois Patiño
with Ana Marra, Carmen Martínez, Pilar Rodlos, Rubio de Camelle
Spain 2019 Galician 84’ Colour World premiere


  • Ana Marra (Meiga)
  • Carmen Martínez (Meiga)
  • Pilar Rodlos (Meiga)
  • Rubio de Camelle (Rubio)


Written and Directed by Lois Patiño
Cinematography Lois Patiño
Editing Pablo Gil Rituerto, Óscar de Gispert, Lois Patiño
Sound Design Juan Carlos Blancas
Sound Aníbal Menchaca
Production Design Jaione Camborda
Costumes Judith Adataberna
Assistant Director Adrián Orr
Production Manager Nati Juncal Portas
Producer Felipe Lage Coro
Executive Producer Felipe Lage Coro
Co-Producer Iván Patiño
Co-Production Amanita Studios Monforte de Lemos, Spanien

Lois Patiño

Born in Vigo, Spain in 1983, he studied psychology at the Complutense University in Madrid and then film at the city’s Centro Universitario de Artes (TAI) and at the New York Film Academy. He completed his film education with a master’s in creative documentary at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. In collaboration with other artists, he has developed video art workshops and installations at institutions including the Berlin University of the Arts. His second feature film Lúa vermella (Red Moon Tide) premiered in the 2020 Berlinale Forum and went on to screen in MoMA and at over 50 festivals.


2012 Montaña en sombra (Mountain in Shadow); short film, experimental · Montaña en sombra (Mountain in Shadow); short film · Na vibración (Into Vibration); short film 2013 Costa da Morte (Coast of Death) · Costa da morte (Coast of Death); documentary · La imagen arde; short film 2015 Estratos de la imagen (Strata of the Image); short film, experimental · Noite sem distância (Night Without Distance); short film 2017 Fajr; short film 2016 Fajr; short film, experimental 2020 Lúa vermella (Red Moon Tide) 2021 Sycorac; short film 2022 El sembrador de estrellas (The Sower of Stars); short film · El sembrador de estrellas (The Sower of Stars); short film, experimental 2023 Samsara

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023