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A feature film by Elena López Riera, 2022, 104', DCP color
With Luna Pamies, Bárbara Lennie,
Alberto Olmo, Nieve de Medina, Irene Pellicer, Nayara García, Lidia Cánova, Pascual Valero

It is summer in a small village in south-eastern Spain. A storm threatens to cause the river that runs through it to overflow again. A popular old belief claims that some women are predestined to disappear with each new flood, because they have the “water inside”.

A band of young people is trying to overcome the weariness of a summer in the village that smells of death by smoking, dancing, and lusting after each other. In this electric atmosphere that precedes the storm, Ana and José live a love affair until the storm bursts.

PREMIERE AU FESTIVAL DE CANNES - Quinzaine des réalisateurs



JURY PRIZE Festival International du Film des Femmes de Salé, Marrocco

JURY PRIZE - Ourense Film festival

Premio "Fundació la Caixa", Clam - Festival Internacional de Cinema Social de Catalunya

BERLANGA PRIZE of the Valencia Cinema Academy  - Best actesse for Luna Pamies

BERLANGA PRIZE of the Valencia Cinema Academy - Best actor for Pascual Valero

FICAL Festival de Almería - Best direction Prize


Festival du film romantique de Cabourg
Quinzaine au Forum des images, Paris
International film festival de La Rochelle

New Horizons International Film Festival, Pologne

International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino
FID Marseille - Film d'ouverture
Rencontres Cinéma de Gindou
A Simana di a Providenza, Corse
Reykyavik IFF
Mannheim Film Festival
Bogota IFF
Valdivia film festival
Zurich Film Festival


Sao Paulo International Film Festival

Valdivia IFF


Black Canva FCC

Batalha Centro de Cinema, Portugal

Tokyo International Film Festival

Espoo Ciné International Film Festival

Helsinki IFF

Stockholm International Film Festival


CLAM Festival Manresa


MOSTRA, Valencia

Seminci Valladolid

Temporada Alta, Girona

22º Festival de Cine Ópera Prima, Tudela

Elena López Riera was born in Orihuela (Spain) in 1982. After completing her doctoral thesis on contemporary Argentinean cinema, she teaches comparative literature at the University of Geneva, Carlos III University in Madrid and Valencia.
She has been a member of the selection committee of the Festival international de Belfort Entrevue since 2016, collaborator and consultant at the Seville European Film Festival and member of the selection committee of the Festival Visions du réel, Nyon.


She directed the short films Pueblo (presented at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs of Cannes Film Festival 2015, and Las vísceras (presented at the Locarno Festival, international competition Pardi di domani, distinguished by the Mikeldi Silver Award at the Zinebi International Festival).

Her short film Los que desean was nominated for the European Film Awards and won the Pardino d'Oro at the Locarno Festival in 2018.

She participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus of the 2017 Berlin International Festival.

El agua, her first feature film, made its world premiere at the Directors' Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival 2022. It was subsequently selected to Toronto and San Sebastián, and was nominated for the Goya Awards for Best First Film and Best Lead Actress, as well as the Quartz-Prix du Cinéma Suisse for Best Film and Best Editing.

Selected at Cinéfondation, residency of Festival de Cannes.

Selected at Ikusmira Berriak, residency of San Sebastian Film Festival.

Ikusmira Berriak Award - REC Grabaketa Estudioa, San Sebastian Film Festival.

Prize for Best Cinéfondation pitching at Cannes Film Festival.

With the support of l'Office Fédéral de la Culture, Cinéforom, Loterie Romande, Institut Valencià de la Cultura (IVC), Instituto de la Cinematografía-Gobierno de España (ICAA), RTVE, Cinémas du Monde / Institut français, Eurimages, À Punt Mèdia, Arte/Cofinova 17, Suissimage, Media Desk Suisse.

Production: Alina film (Switzerland)

In co-production with SUICAfilms (Spain),

Les films du Worso (France)

Script: Elena López Riera, Philippe Azoury

Direction: Elena López Riera
Producers: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney
Coproducers: Rafa Molés, Pepe Andreu
Sylvie Pialat, Alejandro Arenas


Executive producer: Natalia Maestro

In coproduction with the Radio Télévision Suisse,

Françoise Mayor, Carole Thévenaz

Director of Fotography: Giuseppe Truppi
Sound: Carlos Ibañez
Production designer: Miguel Angel Rebollo
Costumes: Nuria Pascual-Andujar
Make-up and Hair: Katrine Zingg
Gaffer: Fafa Fierz
Key Grip: Sophie Poncin

Casting: Cendrine Lapuyade

Unit production manager: Andrés Mellinas
Location Manager Patrizia Picazo

1st asistant director: Adrián Orr

Editing: Raphaël Lefèvre

Sound editing: Mathieu Farnarier
Sound mix: Denis Séchaud

Internationale sales: Elle Driver

Swiss Distribution: Cineworx

Spanish Distribution: Filmin / Elastica

French Distribution: Les films du Losange

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