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New Spanish Cinema
37 Ratings

The Sea Stares at Us from Afar

El mar nos mira de lejos

Directed by Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Spain, Netherlands, 2017
  • Spanish
  • English
New Spanish Cinema


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.

Our take

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.

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