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 byLois Patiño
CinematographyLois Patiño
EditingPablo Gil Rituerto, Óscar de Gispert, Lois Patiño
Sound DesignJuan Carlos Blancas
SoundAníbal Menchaca
Production DesignJaione Camborda
CostumesJudith Adataberna
Assistant DirectorAdrián Orr
Production ManagerNati Juncal Portas
ProducerFelipe Lage Coro
Executive ProducerFelipe Lage Coro
Co-ProducerIván Patiño
Co-ProductionAmanita Studios, Monforte de Lemos, Spanien

Lois Patiño

Born in Vigo, Spain in 1983. He studied Psychology and Film Studies. Following Costa da Morte (2013), Lúa vermella is his second feature-length film.


2012 Montaña en sombra (Mountain in Shadow); 14 min. · Na vibración (Into Vibration); 12 min. 2013 Costa da Morte (Coast of Death); 83 min. 2015 Noite sem distância (Night Without Distance); 23 min. 2017 Fajr; 12 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020