Manuel is an influential politician in the region and everything’s going smoothly for him. However, his perfect life starts to fall apart after the news of his involvement in a corruption fund with Paco, one of his best friends, has spread. As the media starts reporting on the scores of the scandal, the party crumbles into ranks and only Pako comes out unharmed. Manuel was expelled from the kingdom and betrayed by those who had been his friends until a few hours ago.  Although the party wants him to bear full responsibility, Manuel does not surrender. With the only support of his wife and daughter, Manuel realizes that he is forced to fight the machinery of corruption that has been well undermined for years as well as the party system in which kings fall, but empires survive.

Director’s biography

Rodrigo Sorogoyen studied film at the School of Cinematography and Audiovisual of the Community of Madrid and started his professional career as a screenwriter for TV series. At the age of 25, he co-helmed 8 Dates, his first feature. His next film, Stockholm (2013), funded by crowdfunding, won three awards at the Malaga Festival, three medals from the Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos, one Feroz award (Best Film) and one Goya (Best New Actor). With Let God Save Us, 2016 he won the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay in San Sebastian and the Goya for Best Actor (Roberto Álamo).

Festivals and awards

London Film Festival 2018
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2019


The Realm (fic.)
Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Country: Spain, France
Year: 2018
Runtime: 132′
Language: Spanish
Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Mónica López, Josep Maria Pou 
Production: Tornasol, Artesmedia Cine, Trianera PC AIE