Manuel, an influential deputy secretary of a regional government who has everything going his way for making the leap into national politics, sees how his perfect life falls to pieces after news leaks of his involvement in a corruption ring with Paco, one of his best friends. While the media starts reporting the extent of the scandal, the party closes ranks and only Paco comes out unscathed. Manuel is expelled from the kingdom, singled out by public opinion and betrayed by those who had been his friends until only a few hours ago. Although the party wants him to bear full responsibility, Manuel refuses to fall alone. With the sole backing of his wife and his daughter, and caught in a spiral to survive, Manuel will see himself forced to fight against the machinery of corruption which has been well greased for years and against a party system in which the kings fall, but the kingdoms continue.

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 May 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: 142′
Language: Spanish
Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Mónica López, Josep Maria Pou 
Production: Tornasol, Artesmedia Cine, Trianera PC AIE
Europe – Zone of Change

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