Marshland (dir. Alberto Rodríguez) – a crime film set in the wetlands of Southern Spain – should be seen on the big screen now, before it is too late. The year is 1980 and a couple of Madrid detectives have been despatched to investigate the disappearance of two teenage girls. Heavy on atmosphere and foreboding, with great performances from the central actors, this film is another in a distinguished line of Spanish films stretching back to Spirit of the Beehive (1973, dir. Victor Erice) and Cría Cuervos (1976, dir. Carlos Saura) that examine the legacy of trauma bequeathed by fascism. Marshland isn’t quite up to the standards of its illustrious predecessors; nevertheless, it is hugely entertaining and beautifully directed. The plot is complex and ingenious, but the film’s chief asset is its emphasis on character and context, showing how the politics of a country can affect the lives of individuals across the years.