The legend of an ancient civilization lies buried under a large expanse of dunes. Travelers have always reached this remote territory looking for the traces of the ruins of a city, or perhaps a lost utopia. Some men, barely visible among the sands, today inhabit this solitary place facing the sea.
We conclude our series of new independent cinema from Spain—shown in partnership with the multi-city LA OLA showcase—with Manuel Muñoz Rivas’s richly evocative documentary devoted to an isolated expanse of Spanish seaside, its dwindling ways of life, wayward tourism and profoundly sensual textures.
The films that really stick with me take me to a place I have never been, and will probably never go. This film is visually and aurally enchanting. It is a deep history of a place that need not tell its story by recounting in chronological order dates and events. With the sparest of narration it nonetheless evokes a sense of historical change over both centuries but also minutes. A truly great film.