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Cell 211 (2009)

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“Celda 211”

Action, Adventure, Crime |

Cell 211 is a Spanish prison film directed by Daniel Monzón, starring Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann and Antonio Resines.

Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena, at home. During his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscious. He is rushed to the empty but visibly haunted walls of cell 211. As this diversion unfolds, convicts break free and hijack control of the penitentiary. Aware of the violence that is to come, the prison officers flee, leaving Juan stranded and unconscious in the heart of the riot. When Juan awakens, he immediately takes stock of the situation; in order to survive, he must pretend to be a prisoner.

Juan manages to convince the other prisoners that he is one of them, and that he just entered the prison that very day for homicide. He not only makes himself believed as inmate, but befriends the violent, deep voiced leader of the riot, Malamadre, who takes him under his wing.

Malamadre discovers that Basque terrorists associated with ETA are being held in the same prison, and plans to use them as a bargaining tool. When this hits the news, it triggers a stream of prison riots throughout the country as well as demonstrations in the Basque Country. Juan quickly realizes that he is on his own as the situation becomes more politicized and the government gets involved, afraid of potential ramifications in the Basque community.

Director: Daniel Monzón

Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarría (adaptation), Daniel Monzón (adaptation), Francisco Pérez Gandul (novel)

Stars: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón, Carlos Bardem, Marta Etura, Luis Zahera

Cast:

Luis TosarMalamadre
Alberto AmmannJuan Oliver
Antonio ResinesJosé Utrilla
Manuel MorónErnesto Almansa
Carlos BardemApache
Marta EturaElena
Luis ZaheraReleches
Fernando SotoArmando Nieto
Vicente RomeroTachuela
Manolo SoloDirector cárcel
Patxi BisquertJon Arteaga ‘Potolo’
Josean BengoetxeaAntxon Elorza ‘El Profesor’
Anartz ZuazuaAsier Urruticoechea ‘El Txiqui’
Miguel MartínPincho
Félix CuberoGermán
David SelvasErnesto Dueñas
Ricardo de BarreiroJulián
Antonio Durán ‘Morris’Borrego
Jesús CarrozaElvis
Suso ListaPitufo
Juanma HernándezRafa
Jesús Del CasoMédico (as Jesus Del Caso)
Ramiro AlonsoGeo ordenador
Óscar AntónPreso
Roberto BeltranGeo Reja
Hugo CalvoFamiliar Que Grita
Belen CruzPortavoz PNV
Pedro De ParlaEl Botas
Alejandro EspesoEl Santo (as Alejandro Espesp)
Xavier EstévezJefe Geos
Santiago FernandezFamiliar Ambulancia
Conrado GarciaConrado
Fernando GarciaFuncionario Despacho
Jorge GomezFuncionario Vigilancia 2
Juan Carlos LopezEl Mosca
Juan Luis LorenzoBirras
Juan Carlos MangasCalígula
Agustin ManjonGuardia Parking
Antonio MoraFuncionario Vigilancia 1
Xosé Manuel Olveira ‘Pico’Conejo (as Pico)
Fernando OteroMontxo
Hilario PinoPresentador Informativo
Pedro PiquerasPresentador TV
Israel SalazarGitano
Pedro SalazarMuñeco
Jorge SalvadorFamiliar Rejas
Javier SemprumBailarin
Roberto Sánchez ‘Luna’Morao (as Luna)
Marian VarelaLocutora
José Ignacio ÁlvarezJefe Antidisturbios

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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