A film by Lois Patiño.


A film by Lois Patiño.

Every morning, a Buddhist teenager visits an elderly woman’s home to read her The Bardo Thödol, a guide for the journey between death and the next rebirth. On her last day, the young man whispers the book’s final passages in her ear, closes his eyes, and meditates alongside her, as she embarks on a transformative journey into what lies beyond.
Status: Completed
Year: 2023
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Language: Lao, Swahili
Available subtitles: English
Runtime: 113 minutes
Original title: Samsara

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Born in Galicia, Spain, in 1983, he studied psychology at the Complutense University of Madrid and then filmmaking at the city’s Centro Universitario de Artes and at the New York Film Academy. He completed his studies with a master’s degree in creative documentary at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He has shown his films at festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, New York, Viennale, IDFA, and Oberhausen. His most recent works “Sycorax” (2021) and “The Sower of Stars” (2022), have premiered at the Director’s Fortnight of Cannes and Berlinale Shorts, and his two feature films “Costa da Morte” (2013) and “Red Moon Tide” (2020) premiered at Locarno and Berlinale Forum. His last feature, “Samsara”, will be premiered at Berlinale Encounters (2023). He is currently working on two other films to be premiered in 2023 and 2024.


2023 Samsara (113′)
2022 The Sower of Stars (25′)
2021 Sycorac (co-directed with Matías Piñeiro) (20′)
2020 Red Moon Tide (84′)
2016 Fajr (12′)
2015 Strata of the Image (7′)
2015 Night Without Distance (23′)
2013 Coast of Death (83′)
2012 Mountain in Shadow (12′)

Amid Keomany
Toumor Xiong
Simone Milavanh
Mariam Vuaa Mtego
Juwairiya Idrisa Uwesu
Bernedeta Gaspar
Ame Simai

Director: Lois Patiño
Screenplay: Lois Patiño, Garbiñe Ortega
Cinematography: Mauro Herce, Jessica Sarah Rinland
Editing: Lois Patiño
Sound: Xabier Erkizia
Executive producers: Claudia Salcedo, Garbiñe Ortega, Leire Apellaniz
Production Company: Sr&Sra


Berlinale Encounters | Berlin International Film Festival · Special Jury Award
IndieLisboa | International Competition


An extraordinary, multisensory journey through bodies, souls, and space. I am not entirely sure I am the person I was before watching it.
Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage

One of the most immersive experiences you’ll ever have in a cinema.
William Stottor, Loud and Clear

Lois Patiño presents his most narrative and dynamic yet radical film, a sensorial experiment that invites the audience to experience it with their eyes closed.
Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa