Costa da Morte

Costa da Morte is located in the coast of Galicia in Spain. It’s known as a burial ground for ships, which explains the name ”Coast of Death”. Numerous shipwrecks have also entailed several oil spills, the most famous of which occurred in 2002 when oil tanker Prestige polluted thousands of kilometres of coastline.

The locals don’t fall short of stories about the mythical area, also known as ”the end of the world”. Some of them may ring true, others not so much. There’s that one time people mistook milk washed up on the shore for house paint. And the April Fools’ Day when the news on the radio about a shipwrecked containership full of top-of-the-line electronics got the whole village on the move.

Lois Patiño’s film sees people as ants amidst nature that reigns supreme. The images recall paintings of the Romantic era where puny humans are faced with sublime landscapes. The stories of fishermen, farmers and mussel hunters echo far back with no actual focal points. In the imagery nature is eternal, autonomous and immensely powerful: the alpha and omega of everything.

Text: Anton Vanha-Majamaa / Translation: Tapio Reinekoski

Languages: Galecian, Spanish
Subtitles: English


  • Director: Lois Patiño
  • Country: Spain
  • Year: 2013
  • Length: 84 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Lois Patiño
  • Editing: Lois Patiño, Pablo Gil Rituerto
  • Audio: Eric T. Jensen, Miguel Calvo "Maiki"
  • Music: Ann Deveria
  • Production: Felipe Lage Coro, Martin Pawley / Zeitun Films


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