Distant lights reveal the outline of a city. Illuminated ships cross the water with sleeping people on board and the night appears to become liquid. The sower of stars wakes them and travels with them through the city. They talk about this and that – and say goodbye to everything.

Director's Biography

Lois Patiño was born in Vigo, Spain. His films have been screened in festivals as Cannes - Director’s Fortnight-, Berlinale, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, New York, IDFA, Viennale, Cinema du Rèel, Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand…  While his video installation have been shown in arts center such as MACBA (Barcelona), Copperfield Gallery (London), CC San Martín (Buenos Aires), JIFF Art Gallery (South Korea) and art fairs like Paris Photo, ARCO Madrid, Unseen (Amsterdam) or the Aichi Triennale (Japan).

With MOUNTAIN IN SHADOW (2012) he was awarded at Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand and Bucharest Experimental. In 2013 in Locarno he won the prize for Best Emerging Director for his first feature film COAST OF DEATH (2013), which was consequently awarded in Jeonju IFF (South Korea), FICUNAM (México), Valdivia IFF (Chile) and Seville European FF (Spain).

His second feature film RED MOON TIDE premiered at the Berlinale - Forum in 2020, and was screened at the MoMA (NY) at New Directors/New, among other more than 50 festivals. His latest work, the short film SYCORAX, codirected with Matías Piñeiro, premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - Festival di Cannes 2021, and it was shown in festivals as Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

Specific focuses on his work have taken place in New York Film Festival (Views from the Avant Garde), Flaherty Seminar, BAFICI and Cali IFF. He has been invited to show his work at universities such as Harvard (Sensory Ethnography Lab), Cal Arts (L.A.), McGill (Montreal), FUC (Buenos Aires). From Harvard he received the Robert Fulton III Fellowship for emerging directors in 2016. 

2022 - THE SOWER OF STARS, short
2021 - SYCORAX, short
2020 - RED MOON TIDE, feature
2013 - LA IMAGEN ARDE, short
2013 - COAST OF DEATH, feature
2012 - MOUNTAIN IN SHADOW, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Lois Patiño

Written by: Lois Patiño

Cinematography: Lois Patiño

Editing: Lois Patiño

Original Score: Xabier Erkizia

Sound Design: Xabier Erkizia

Cast: Yumiko Teramoto (Narrator), Tetsuro Mareda (Narrator)

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2022