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El mar nos mira de lejos

The Sea Stares at Us from Afar

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When moving images in colour replace the black and white photographs, little changes. The grass, sand and sky look no different than they did back then, back when the tower was new, back when they arrived from across the sea to mark out the land and extract its riches, back when you could stand at the top of the highest dune and still almost make out the city of Tartessos, far off in the distance. And the past is still here, in the solitary figure who gathers pinecones to burn in his beachside hut, in the two fishermen out at sea at sunrise, in the endless shovelling that keeps the rising sand at bay. As the camera calmly circles the same fixed axis, the radius gradually increases, bringing with it the present: the bus carrying tourists who spread out along the shoreline, the officials wanting to know if the huts are inhabited, the modern development that looms large on the horizon. This is no portrait of contrasts though, but rather of simultaneity, of unceasing shifts in light and texture that know no time, of modernity as just another element to be woven into the landscape. We stand on the shore and look to the sea. The sea stares at us from afar.

by
Manuel Muñoz Rivas

Spain / Netherlands 2017

Spanish

Documentary form
93 min · Colour

Crew

Director
Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Screenplay
Manuel Muñoz Rivas, Mauro Herce
Director of Photography
Mauro Herce
Editor
Cristóbal Fernández, Manuel Muñoz Rivas, Pablo Gil Rituerto
Sound Design
Jeroen Goeijers, Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Sound
Joaquín Pachón
Producers
José M. Rodríguez Calvo, Sara Sánchez García, José Alayón Dévora, Rosan Boersma, Denis Wigman, Irene M. Borrego

Biography

Manuel Muñoz Rivas

Born in Seville, Spain, in 1978. He studied Communication Studies before enrolling at the EICTV, the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. In addition to being a filmmaker, Manuel Muños Rivas works as an editor and also teaches at film schools.

Filmography

2008 Sendero 2009 Con el viento (With the Wind) 2014 Pájaro 2017 El mar nos mira de lejos (The Sea Stares at Us From Afar)

Produced by

Azhar Media
Sevilla, Spain
+34 666 8987218

El Viaje Films
Teneriffa, Spain
+34 615 193321

CTM Docs
Hilversum, Netherlands
+31 35 6474040

59 En conserva
Madrid, Spain
+34 91 3507555