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El Reino

(The Realm)

PART OF THE SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2019, PRESENTED BY THE EMBASSY OF SPAIN

Antonio de la Torre reigns over El Reino (The Realm), the intensity of his performance matching the magnetism of his character, Manuel López-Vidal, a thrusting and corrupt politician whose upward trajectory is about to take a spiral in the opposite direction.

Poster for the political thriller El ReinoDirector Rodrigo Sorogoyen and his co-writer Isabel Peña start from a place where the screw is already turned and, just when you think they can't get it any tighter, find new ways to increase the tension.

Although the setting is specifically Spain, the theme of absolute power corrupting absolutely is universal. Manuel is on the verge of big-time national politics, and when a leaked tape threatens his ambition, he finds himself trying to outmanoeuvre both the law and his own party.

The plot is complex, but the strong performance from de la Torre, bolstered by excellent acting all round and brisk pacing from Sorogoyen, smooth and speed us over any bumps in the road.

– Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film


Spanish flag, wavingPart of the 2019 Spanish Film Festival, playing four Wednesdays in October.

For details of all four films in the series, download this pdf.

 

 

 

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