13-19 November 2017

El mar nos mira de lejos (The Sea Stares at Us from Afar)

Manuel Muñoz Rivas

El mar nos mira de lejos (Manuel Muñoz Rivas)
L'Alternativa Official / Feature Films / El mar nos mira de lejos


The legend of a lost ancient civilisation lies buried beneath a swath of sand dunes in southern Spain. For more than a century, travellers have been drawn to this remote spot in search of its ancient inhabitants or perhaps to rediscover a lost utopia. Today this lonely stretch of coastline is home to a handful of almost invisible men among the dunes who know nothing of the myths that fill the heads of dewy-eyed archaeologists and adventurers. El mar nos mira de lejos journeys into this unique land and explores its secret rhythms.


Manuel Muñoz Rivas (Seville, 1978) studied at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. His short film Con el viento (2009) was screened in competiton at l'Alternativa. In addition to being a filmmaker, he also works as an editor and teaches film in Spain, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. El mar nos mira de lejos is his debut feature film. 


  • Country Spain, Netherlands
  • Year 2017
  • Format Digital
  • Running time 92 min
  • Image Colour
  • Language Spanish
  • Subtitles English
  • Production company El Viaje Films, Azhar Media, CTM docs, 59 en Conserva
  • Producer José Alayón, José Manuel Rodríguez, Sara Sánchez, Irene M. Borrego, Rosan Boersma
  • Screenplay Manuel Muñoz Rivas, Mauro Herce
  • Photography Mauro Herce
  • Editor Cristóbal Fernández, Manuel Muñoz Rivas, Pablo Gil Rituerto
  • Sound Joaquín Pachón, Jeroen Goeijers
  • Contact info@noucinemart.com


Berlinale Forum Hong Kong International Film Festival Mejor Documental - Cinespaña Toulouse Festival de Cine Europeo de Sevilla L'Alternativa - Premio de la Crítica

Presented by Manuel Muñoz Rivas 17/11 19/11


Friday 17, 20.00 h — Teatre CCCB Sunday 19, 19.45 h — Auditori CCCB