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Set in a hostile small rural community where water is drying up and antiquated traditions clash with modern-day sensibilities, Wetland is a high-tension environmental thriller starring Raúl Arévalo (The Europeans, Marshland) and Paz Vega (also in The House of Snails).

As a severe drought punishes the vast expanses of rice fields in eastern Spain, the beautiful natural region of Laguna Blanca is named a Nature Preserve. A prestigious biologist, Ricardo (Arévalo), arrives to protect it. His family is going through tough times, but Ricardo is convinced that a change in scenery will help.

Ricardo’s mission is to hinder the abusive and illegal use that everyone makes of the lagoon. He cannot allow old-fashioned practices to prevail because of the serious damage they pose to the ecosystem. But he receives pressure and threats from the locals, who consider Ricardo a threat to their existence and their livelihood.

A must-see character-driven thriller, in Wetland Arévalo is excellent as a man dangerously trapped in a web of conspiracy and injustice.

Australian Premiere
18+ (exemption)
Iñaki Sánchez
Raúl Arévalo, Paz Vega, Roberto Álamo, Daniela Casas
107 min | Thriller | Spain | 2021 | Spanish with English subtitles
One of the best movies of the year.


Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Berlanga Awards 2021
Best Film, Mostra de València-Cinema del Mediterrani 2021