The European Film Academy and Drama International Short Film Festival congratulate AQUERONTE


    Spain, 2023, 26 min
    DIRECTED BY Manuel Muñoz Rivas

    On board a ferry, a series of passengers cross a river from one riverbank to the other.
    Some of the travelers wrap themselves in silence and observe the unfamiliar fellow travelers or contemplate the scenery. Some others chat, perhaps to liven up the voyage and speed up time.
    The journey on the waters seems to expand, the destination shore is postponed, the magnitude of space is blurred. Motion itself is perhaps the only certainty.


    Director’s statement:

    With each new film project, it is natural for me to return to the foundational question of “what is cinema”, and to engage with this inquiry through a wider formulation: “what can cinema be?”.
    I feel that the commitment of every filmmaker is to carry out a formal exploration through which, hopefully, to broaden the contours of what we expect from cinema as an art. Both as a filmmaker and as a film spectator, Iseek astonishment and wonder.
    I would add that I also seek the revelation of something, a kind of truth, which might comfort me (and others) with a sense of belonging.
    When I first approached the location where later I would shoot my film AQUERONTE, the river Guadalquivir and more specifically the ferry boat that crosses it, I was struck by the aesthetic characteristics of the scene. Everything that I identify as defining elements of cinema was there: movement, faces, bodies, landscape, sound atmospheres, light and shadow, reverie, the visible and the latent force of the invisible… all present in the raw material with which to shape fragments of time and space.
    Because ultimately that is what we filmmakers do: compose with fragments of time and fragments of space.

    The film is now a candidate for a nomination in the category ‘European Short Film’ at the European Film Awards 2023.


    This is the 24th short film candidate for 2023. You can check out the rest of the candidates here for the 36th edition of the European Film Awards.

    The short film programme is organised by the European Film Academy in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

    After the annual cycle is completed, the participating festivals will nominate five short films from this list. Afterwards, the more than 4,600 members of the European Film Academy – film professionals from all over Europe – will vote for the overall winner that will be presented at the 36th European Film Awards Ceremony.