Interval 37. Elena López Riera

Water and Entrails

Thursday, 30 March and Saturday, 1 April 2023 - 7pm

Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior ticket collection at the Museo’s Ticket Offices or on the Museo Reina Sofía website. A maximum of 2 per person. Doors open 30 minutes before screenings

Sabatini Building, Auditorium
144 people
Organised by
Museo Reina Sofía
Inside the framework of
TIZ 8. Feminist Power
Elena López Riera, El agua, film, 2022
Elena López Riera, El agua, film, 2022

Intervals is a regular programme which premieres film work that lies beyond the Museo Reina Sofía’s mainstream circuit, showing salient films from the year in progress or the previous one. This fresh edition presents El agua (Water, 2022), a feature film by Elena López Riera (Spain, 1982), accompanied by Las vísceras (Entrails, 2016), a short film on the ritual and attraction of daily rural life. López Riera, with a filmography straddling gruesome realism and magical thinking, has established herself as one of the most original voices in new Spanish cinema. 

El agua tells the story of a young teenager — played by Luna Pamies, nominated for the Best New Actress Prize at the 2023 Goya Awards — during a summer spent in a village in south-east Spain, crossed by a river on the verge of flooding. The girl and her mother — played by Bárbara Lennie —fight to survive an old popular belief asserting that some women are predestined to disappear in every new flood because they have “water inside”. This debut feature sheds light on a film-maker with a unique gaze and is profoundly rooted in rural atavism: a film halfway between the verist representation of the working classes in southern Spain, with a focus on women, and the trend towards the mystery and existential tragedy that determine their lives. 


Thursday, 30 March 2023 – 7pm / Second session: Saturday, 1 April 2023 – 7pm

Elena López Riera. Las vísceras
Spain, 2016, colour, original version in Spanish, DA, 16’

Elena López Riera. El agua
SSwitzerland, Spain and France, 2022, colour, original version in Spanish, DA, 105’

— Presentation and conversation with the film-maker Elena López Riera, writer Violeta Gil and actress Nieve de Medina in the first session


Las vísceras

Elena López Riera
Elena López Riera and Louise Hentgen, with the special collaboration of Garidi Films and Vermut Films
Elena López Riera
Gabriel Azorín, Marcelo López Riera, Giuseppe Truppi, Philippe Azoury and Elena López Riera
Mathieu Farnarier

El agua

Elena López Riera
Pepe Andreu, Alejandro Arenas, David Epiney, Rafael Moles, Eugenia Mumenthaler and Sylvie Pialat
Elena López Riera and Philippe Azoury
Luna Pamies, Bárbara Lennie, Nieve de Medina and Alberto Olmo
Giuseppe Truppi
Raphaël Lefèvre
75th Cannes Film Festival, 2022. Directors’ Fortnight Programme
70th San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2022. Zabaltegui-Tabakalera Section
2023 Goya Awards. Nominated for Best Debut Director (Elena López Riera) and Best New Actress (Luna Pamies)