Marshland (film)


Theatrical release poster
La Isla Mínima
Directed by Alberto Rodríguez
Written by Alberto Rodríguez
Rafael Cobos
Starring Raúl Arévalo
Javier Gutiérrez
Nerea Barros
Antonio de la Torre
Music by Julio de la Rosa
Cinematography Alex Catalán
Edited by José M. G. Moyano
Atípica Films
Sacromonte Films
Atresmedia Cine
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Intl.
Release dates
  • September 26, 2014 (2014-09-26) (Spain)
Running time
105 minutes[1][2]
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Budget €4 million
Box office $464,037[3]

Marshland (Spanish: La isla mínima, "The Tiny Island") is a 2014 Spanish thriller film directed by Alberto Rodríguez. It premiered in Spain on September 26, 2014. It won ten Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Javier Gutiérrez).


Set in the year 1980. Two ideologically opposed homicide detectives from Madrid are sent to a forgotten town on the Guadalquivir Marshes to investigate the disappearance and murder of two teenage girls during the town's festivities. Together they will have to overcome their differences and face the heartless killer that has been murdering teenagers in the town for years.[4]


Critical reception

The film received mostly positive reviews. It has a critic approval rating of 90% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 7.78/10 based on 31 reviews.[5] Critics have hailed Marshland as one of the best Spanish films of 2014, and have defined it as a suffocating cop thriller with a subtle sociopolitical subplot.[6] They have also pointed out reminiscences of American series True Detective in the star power of the main actors and the environment of the film, although the film began to be recorded before the series's release.[7]

Awards and nominations

Awards Category Nominated Result
San Sebastián International Film Festival[8] Golden Shell for Best Film Nominated
Best Actor Javier Gutiérrez Won
Best Cinematography Álex Catalán Won
I Premio Feroz Zinemaldia Won
II Premios Feroz[9] Best Drama Won
Best Director Alberto Rodríguez Won
Best Screenplay Alberto Rodríguez & Rafael Cobos Nominated
Best Main Actor Raúl Arévalo Nominated
Javier Gutiérrez Won
Best Supporting Actor Antonio de la Torre Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nerea Barros Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Julio de la Rosa Won
Best Trailer Won
Best Film Poster Nominated
29th Goya Awards[10] Best Film Won
Best Director Alberto Rodríguez Won
Best Original Screenplay Rafael Cobos and Alberto Rodríguez Won
Best Main Actor Raúl Arévalo Nominated
Javier Gutiérrez Won
Best Supporting Actor Antonio de la Torre Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Mercedes León Nominated
Best New Actress Nerea Barros Won
Best Original Score Julio de la Rosa Won
Best Cinematography Álex Catalán Won
Best Editing José M. G. Moyano Won
Best Production Supervision Manuela Ocón Nominated
Best Art Direction Pepe Domínguez Won
Best Costume Design Fernando García Won
Best Makeup and Hairstyles Yolanda Piña Nominated
Best Sound Daniel de Zayas, Nacho Royo-Villanova and Pelayo Gutiérrez Nominated
Best Special Effects Pedro Moreno and Juan Ventura Nominated
Neox Fan Awards 2015[11] Best Spanish film Finalist
28th European Film Awards[12] European Film Academy People's Choice Award for Best European Film Won


  1. Marshland at AllMovie.
  2. Marshland at Rotten Tomatoes (movie info).
  3. "La isla mínima (2015)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  4. "La isla mínima". eCartelera. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  5. "Marshland (La isla mínima) (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  6. Pazos, Pablo (26 September 2014). ""La isla mínima": llega la mejor película española del año". HoyCinema (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  7. Rodríguez Marchante, Oti (26 September 2014). "Una intriga seca en un mundo húmedo". HoyCinema (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  8. "Palmarés de la 62 edición del Festival de San Sebastián". Festival de San Sebastián (in Spanish). 27 September 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  9. "Lista de nominados a los Premios Feroz 2015". Premios Feroz (in Spanish). 17 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  10. "La isla maxima [sic]". Premios Goya (in Spanish). January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  11. neox-fan-awards-2015 Archived September 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. "European Film Awards Winners 2015: Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' Scoops Best Film, Director & Actor For Michael Caine". Deadline.
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