MARSHLAND “LA ISLA MINIMA”, Alberto Rodriguez’s claustrophobic serial killer thriller set in post Franco Spain recently won an incredible 10 Spanish Academy Goya Awards and will be released in UK cinemas on 7 August 2015, courtesy of Altitude Film Distribution. The highly praised film has drawn comparisons to Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, David Fincher’s Se7en as well as hit TV series True Detective. It’s the hot alternative to this summer’s blockbusters.
Inspired by the photography of Seville’s Atín Aya, Bolaño’s crime novel 2666 and US noir movies like Chinatown, MARSHLAND is unique. Set in Andalusia’s wetlands in 1980 at the start of Spain’s transition to democracy, two teenage girls go missing in a remote and forgotten town, bringing together two troubled homicide detectives. With contrasting approaches, Juan (Javier Gutiérrez) and Pedro (Raúl Arévalo) must put aside their differences to hunt a predator who for years has terrorised a community rooted in misogyny and machismo.
MARSHLAND triumphed at the 2015 Spanish Academy Goya Awards with 10 wins including Best Film, Best Director (Alberto Rodríguez), Best Actor (Javier Gutiérrez), Best Original Screenplay (Alberto Rodríguez and Rafael Cobos), Best Cinematography (Alex Catalán) and Best Breakthrough Performance (Nerrea Barros). This Warner Bros Spain production is one of the major recent success stories in Spanish cinema and was a box office hit when it opened in its home territory last year.