Costa da Morte COSTA DA MORTE A film by Lois Patiño Costa da Morte is a region in the northwest of Galicia (Spain), which was considered as the end of the world during the Roman period. Its dramatic name comes from the numerous shipwrecks that happened along history in this area made of rocks, mist and storms.

We cross this land observing the people who inhabit it, fishermen, gatherers of shellfish, loggers... We witness traditional craftsmen who maintain both an intimate relationship and an antagonistic battle with the vastness of this territory. The wind, the stones, the sea, the fire, are characters in this film, and through them we approach the mystery of the landscape, understanding it as a unified ensemble with man, his history and legends.


Running time: 81 min.

Colour: Colour

Recording format: Digital

Original language: Galician

Country of production: Spain

Production: Zeitun Films

Year of producion: 2013

Director: Lois Patiño

Cinematographer: Lois Patiño

Assistant director: Carla Andrade

Sound designers: Miguel Calvo “Maiki” and Erik T. Jensen

Music: Ann Deveria

Editors: Lois Patiño and Pablo Gil Rituerto

Producers: Felipe Lage Coro · Martin Pawley


Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland). Best Emerging Director Award

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Nederlands)

FICUNAM Festival Internacional de Cine Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Best Movie Puma de Plata Award

Jeonju International Film Festival (South Korea). Best Movie Award

Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay. Best Movie International Jury and Best Movie FIPRESCI Jury

Hamburg Film Festival (Germany)

Vancouver Film Festival (Canada)

New York Film Festival (USA)

Festival dei Popoli (Italy). Audience Award and Special Mention

Nouveau Cinema Montreal (Canada)

Feroz Special Award (Spain)

Galician Critics Award (Spain)

Best Documentart Mestre Mateo Award

BAFICI Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (Argentina)

San Francisco Film Festival (USA)

Indielisboa Festival Internacional de Cinema (Portugal)

Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia (Chile). Special Jury Mention

Ann Arbour Film Festival (USA)

La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival (France)

Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic)

Vienna International Film Festival – Viennale (Austria)

REC Tarragona (Spain). Young Jury Special Mention

Festival Internacional De Cine De Cali (Colombia)

Festival de Cine Europeo de Sevilla (Spain). Best Movie Non Fiction Award and “Nuevas Olas” Jury Special Mention

Pravo Ljudski Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Isola Film Festival (Slovenia)

Cineuropa Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (India)

FIDOCS Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago (Chile)

Director's notes

The Coast of Death has always been to me a mythical place, it captivated me as such. It gradually started taking shape as a real space through the tales of the people. What attracted me most of this place is its relation with the idea of end and death. Its history of shipwrecks gives it a mysterious and dangerous aura.

Its inhabitants tell their stories and as a mythical echo reverberating in the air history and legend merge. Their voices breach through new strata of the landscape to shape the collective imaginary of that place and leave us in a timeless space.

I sought to relate the vastness of the natural space to the intimate experience of people through a double perceptual distance to the human figure (far in the image close in the sound). Eventually through the deep contemplation of the image we will dissolve in the whole and disappear into the landscape of Costa da Morte.

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