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a medium-lenght documentary by Elena López Riera, 40', DCP, 2024, color


Women of a certain age talk about their marriage, their first time, their intimate relationship with sexuality. In the repetition of these ancestral rituals, the director questions her own lack of marriage, of children, and with it, a chain of mother-daughter relationships that is dying out.


World Première mondiale at Semaine de la Critique, Cannes - Séance spéciale

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.

With the support of l'Institut Valencià de Cultura, A punt Media.

With the support of Office Fédéral de la Culture, Succès Passage Antenne, CinéforomLoterie Romande.

Production: SUICAFilms (Espagne) / Alina film (Suisse)

Script and direction: Elena López Riera
Producers: Rafa Molés, Pepe Andreu, Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney

Editing: Ariadna Ribas, Ana Pfaff

Image:  Elena López Riera, Alba Cros
Sound Postproduction: Alejandro Castillo
Colorgrading: Rodney Musso
Finishing: Jean-Baptiste Perrin

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