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The Realm

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Original title
El Reino
Running time
131 min.
Spain Spain
Isabel Peña, Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Olivier Arson
Álex de Pablo
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Co-production Spain-France; Tornasol Films / Trianera PC AIE / Atresmedia Cine / Le Pacte / Mondex & Cie / Bowfinger International Pictures
Thriller. Mystery. Drama | Politics. Crime
Synopsis / Plot
In a corrupt system which survives and perpetuates itself over the years, being a politician is a real privilege for those who know how to play their cards. A coastal city. Year 2007. A group of friends, colleagues in a political party, enjoy life, luxury yachts and expensive restaurants. Their exclusive day-to-day includes money laundering, land rezoning, quick trips to Madrid and exchanging favours with businessmen in the area. Manuel, an influential regional vice-secretary who has everything in his favour to become the next Regional President and thus take the leap to Madrid and national politics, sees his perfect life fall apart after a leak involves him and Paco, one of his best friends in the party, in a corruption scandal.

Manuel attempts to keep calm as the media begin uncovering the scope of the scandal. He is convinced that the storm will pass and the party will straighten things out, as it has always done before when one of its members was in trouble. However, this time the party closes ranks and only Paco comes through unscathed. Overnight, Manuel is expelled from the kingdom, marked by public opinion and betrayed by those who, a few hours earlier, he thought were his friends. But although the party intends for him to bear all the blame, Manuel will not accept taking the fall alone. With the only support of his wife and daughter, trapped in a struggle for survival, Manuel will have to fight against a well-oiled corruption machine and a party system in which kings may fall, but kingdoms endure.
2018: 7 Goya Awards: including Best Director, Screenplay & Actor. 13 Nominations
2018: San Sebastian Film Festival: Official Selection
2018: Toronto International Film Festival TIFF: World Contemporary Cinema
2019: Platino Awards: Best Actor (Antonio de la Torre) & Editing. 4 Nominations
2018: Forqué Awards: Best Actor (Antonio de la Torre). 2 Nominations
2018: 5 Feroz Awards: including Best Drama Film, Director & Actor. 10 nominations
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