A feature film project of Elena López Riera

It is summer in a small village in southeastern Spain. A storm threatens to cause the river crossing it, the most polluted in Europe, to overflow again. Throughout the village, this old popular belief is repeated like a litany, ensuring that some women are predestined to disappear with each new flood, because they were born with the fate of "the water inside". And in these lands, water is always linked to death.

The young people try to survive the weariness of a summer in the village, take drugs, dance the reggeatton, and despair. In this electric atmosphere that precedes the storm, Ana (17 years old) who dreams of fleeing this village that stinks of death, and José (20 years old) will live a story of carnal love, until the storm bursts and Ana disappears without a trace.

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 Media Desk Suisse, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Cinéforom, Institut Valencià de la Cultura (IVC), Cinémas du Monde, Eurimages, À Punt Mèdia


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 latest 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.

Elena is currently developing her first feature film El agua. She was selected for the Cinéfondation, residence of the Cannes Film Festival, as well as for Ikusmira Berriak, residence of the San Sebastian Film Festival.

She was also awarded the REC Grabaketa Estudioa Prize, Ikusmira Berriak section of the San Sebastian Festival.

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

In coproduction with the Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)

Director of Fotography: Giuseppe Truppi
Casting: Cendrine Lapuyade

Director of production: Andrés Mellinas
Location Manager Patrizia Picazo
Sound: Carlos Ibañez
Production designer: Miguel Angel Rebollo
1st asistant director: Adrián Orr
Costumes: Nuria Pascual-Andujar
Make-up and Hair: Katrine Zingg
Gaffer: Fafa Fierz
Key Grip: Sophie Poncin

Editing: Raphaël Lefèvre