People say that in an indeterminate place of the Miño River, in the north of Galicia, a sardine-boy crosses the current at the end of the carnival festivities, leaving behind the people who celebrate his burial. It is unknown what causes his transformation, but it is said that the most watchful eyes can notice the moisture on his skin. Its existence is confirmed by the biggest sceptics. No one in the area has any doubts.

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Lucía Estévez
Miguel Canalejo, Hugo María Vázquez, Victoria Fran Martínez, Diego Anido, María Roja, Cristina Andrade, Camila Bossa, Carmen Blanco, Alejandro Losada, Santiago Rodríguez, José Blanco

Lucía Estévez

Vigo, 1994. Director and editor. She is graduated in Audiovisual Communication in Vigo and O Porto’s University. She continues her training by investigating scenic creation and acting direction with theatre and cinema professionals. She also researches the presence of dance in diverse formats. In 2021 she won the Mestre Mateo Award for Best Web Series with “Xan”, a project co-created with Miguel Canalejo, and also the Project Award at Carballo Interplay 2019.


“O neno sardiña” is her fifth short film as a director, after “O niño dos paxaros” (2021), “Arrolo” (2019), “Sendeiro” (2018) and “Cuna” (2016).


ScreenwriterLucía Estévez
ProductionNati Juncal, Sonia Méndez (Cósmica Producións)
MusicMario G. Cortizo
EditionLucía Estévez & Brandán Cerviño


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