The Volunteer

La Voluntaria

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Marisa Sola, a 65-year-old doctor that just retired, is dying to have her own grandchildren, but for some inexplicable reason none of her children has granted her this satisfaction. After a heated argument during a family dinner, Marisa decides to leave everything and travel to a refugee camp in Greece, where she believes the children need people just like her. Upon her arrival, she discovers a reality that she could never have imagined and which leads her to explore the boundaries between love and the need to feel useful... An insightful view into the human landscape of disaster caused by forced movement, questioning the power game between intruding gazes and the possibility to remain an external observer in the face of a humanitarian crisis.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Nely Reguera
Script: Nely Reguera, Valentina Viso, Eduard Solà
Cinematography: Aitor Echeverría
Editing: Aina Calleja
Sound: Amanda Villavieja
Music: Javier Rodero
Actors: Carmen Machi, Itsaso Arana, Dèlia Brufau, Johan Levi, Arnau Comas, Henrietta Rauth, Yannis Tsortekis
Production: Fasten Films, Homemade Films, Bteam
Producers: Adrián Monés, Mariαa Drandaki, Alex LaFuente
Costumes: Aitziber Sanz
Production Design: Stavros Liokalos
Make Up: Kyriaki Melidou
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Spain, Greece
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 99΄
Contact: Bendita Film Sales

Nely Reguera

Nely Reguera graduated from ESCAC (Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales of Catalonia) as a director. She started to work in advertising, also shooting music videos and short films; later on, she worked in feature films such as Three Days with the Family (Mar Coll, 2009) and Blog (Elena Trapé, 2010). Meanwhile, she directed the documentary Muxia la ferida, focusing on the consequences of the Prestige catastrophe, and the short film Pablo, which was selected and awarded in several festivals, including Alcine, Gijón, Huesca, Mecal, and the Contest Spanish Version–SGAE. In 2016, she directed María y los demás, a dramatic comedy starring Barbara Lennie, that premiered at the San Sebastian Festival (New directors) and was present in many other festivals and Awards: Feroz Awards (Best Comedy), Goya, (Best Novel director), Forqué, Miami Film Festival (Best film), REC (Special Mention of the jury), etc.


2009 Pablo (short)
2016 Maria (and the others)
2022 The Volunteer