Manuel Muñoz Rivas / 92’ / 2017 / España y Países Bajos

Direction: Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Production: Jose Alayón (El Viaje Films), Azhar Media, CTM DOCS, 59 en Conserva
Script: Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Editing: Cristóbal Fernández, Manuel Muñoz Rivas, y Pablo Gil Rituerto
Cinematography: Mauro Herce
Sound: Joaquín Pachón

The legend of an ancient and forgotten civilization lies buried under large tracts of dunes in southern Spain. For more than a century, travellers have been coming to this remote territory looking for the traces of ancient settlers, perhaps the remains of a city buried by the sands, or perhaps a kind of lost utopia. Ignorant of those myths and the romantic illusions of archaeologists and adventurers, a few men, barely visible among the sands, today live in solitude in this place by the sea.

MANUEL MUÑOZ RIVAS is a filmmaker based in Spain. After graduating in Information Sciences from the University of Seville, he settled in London, where he made his first amateur videos and short films, centred on the youth of the English capital in 2000. He then moved to Cuba, where he entered the EICTV, the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños, and specialised in Editing. He graduated in 2004. Since then he has co-written and edited films such as Dead Slow Ahead (2015), Slimane (2013), Arraianos (2012) and Ocaso (2010), and has made short films including Pájaro / Bird (2014), Con el viento / With the wind (2009) and Sendero / Path (2008). He combines his activity as a filmmaker with teaching: since 2010 he has led workshops in places such as EICTV (Cuba), FUNGLODE (Dominican Republic) and ULL (University of La Laguna, Canary Islands). El mar nos mira de lejos is his first feature film.