Festival of New Spanish Cinema: El Niño

(The Kid)

Part of the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, organized in conjunction with the Embassy of Spain and Pragda!

Poster art for El NiñoThe term ‘Blockbuster’ doesn’t often spring to mind when thinking about Spanish cinema, but with El Niño, directed by Daniel Monzón, that may well be about to change. A smash hit at the Spanish box office, and one of the country’s most ambitious productions in terms of large scale action sequences, El Niño proves that Hollywood doesn’t have the monopoly on big movies with audience appeal.

Recalling Michael Mann and Paul Greengrass in terms of scope and style, Monzón’s crime thriller is set primarily on the shores and waters of the Strait of Gibraltar. The multi-stranded plot sees a young man, El Niño (Jesús Castro), drawn into the world of international drug smuggling, first as a mule and then as an independent operator. As he comes bolder and more successful, he attracts the attention of two foes: drug kingpin El Inglès (Ian McShane) and the tough cop Jesús (Luis Tosar).

– Brighton Film Festival

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