A film by Nely Reguera

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A film by Nely Reguera

Marisa, a recently retired doctor, decides to leave everything and travel to a refugee camp in Greece, where they seem to need people exactly 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.

Status: Completed
Year: 2022
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Greece

Language: Spanish, English
Available subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Arabic
Runtime: 99 min
Original title: La voluntaria



Nely Reguera (Barcelona, Spain) graduated from ESCAC. After a time working as assistant director, in 2009 she directed the short film “Pablo”, selected and awarded at festivals such as Alcine, Gijón, Huesca, Mecal or the Versión Española- SGAE Contest.

Her debut feature “Maria (and the Others)” premiered at the 2016 San Sebastian Film Festival (Special Jury Mention – New Directors). It won the Best Ibero-American Feature Film Award at Miami Film Festival and it obtained two Goya nominations (Best New Director and Best Actress).

“The Volunteer” is her second feature.


2016 Maria (and the others)  (96′)

2022 The volunteer (99′)

Carmen Machi
Hamam Aldarweesh-Almanawer
Itsaso Arana
Arnau Comas
Dèlia Brufau
Yohan Levy
Henrietta Rauth

Director: Nely Reguera
Screenplay: Nely Reguera, Eduard Sola, Valentina Viso
Cinematography: Aitor Echeverría (AEC)
Editing: Aina Calleja Cortés, Juliana Montañés (AMMAC)
Sound: Laura Díez, Amanda Villavieja
Music: Javier Rodero Villa
Executive producers: Adrià Monés, Álex Lafuente, Maria Drandaki
Production Company: Fasten Films, BTeam Prods, Homemade Films


Málaga Film Festival
D’A Film Festival
Cinemaspagna – Spanish Film Festival in Italy
Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival
Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival
Catholic Film Festival
Made by Women International Film Festival
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
European Union Film Festival – New Delhi
European Union Film Festival – Toronto
Golden Rooster Film Festival
International Crime and Punishment Film Festival


Festival de Cine Global de Santo Domingo
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Spanish Cinema Week of Puerto Rico
¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Film Festival
Uruguay International Film Festival | Panorama
CineLatino – CineEspañol, Tübingen
Hispanometraje | Spanish Film Festival in Serbia
Espanoramas | Spanish Cinema Showcase in Argentina and Chile
Tallgrass Film Festival · Best Murmurations Feature Film

Europa! Europa Film Festival



Carmen Machi authentically expresses with complexity the ambiguity of her heroine, her hesitations, and feelings of futility, providing a powerful image of the impasse which emotional unavailability causes in humans.
Mariana Hristova, Cineuropa