Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Spain, France, 2018 / 122 min / Spanish OV with English subt. (ES OV with EN subt.) / Thriller

How far is a person willing to go in order to hold on to power?

Manuel López-Vidal is a beloved and influential local politician who has everything going his way for making his leap into national politics. But he is also a corrupt man who has been enriching himself with public funds for years. On the verge of taking over as leader of his party, news leaks of his involvement in a corruption ring. When one of his best friends gets involved in the scandal, the party’s members – to Manuel’s surprise – close rank and seek to place the blame for the entire plot solely on his shoulders. But Manuel refuses to take the fall alone. Rather than admit to any wrongdoing, Manuel decides to sell out his whole party in an effort to avoid jail time. It’s a decision that puts many lives at risk. In a party system in which the kings fall, but the kingdoms continue, how far is one person willing to go in order to hold on to power?

“Sorogoyen’s latest presents the murky depths of the political realm while exploring the dark desires, enormous egos, and greed of players more interested in gaming the system than serving the public. Sorogoyen and Peña’s beautifully structured script employs unexpected plot twists and high-stakes action. It keeps audiences glued to the screen. In this realm, jaw-dropping nepotism and exploitation become an everyday setting for this fascinating exploration of government.” Diana Sanchez, Toronto International Film Festival


Fri 08/03 21:15 Cinémathèque ES OV with En subt. Public
Sat 09/03 14:30 Cinémathèque ES OV with EN subt. Public
Wed 13/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia ES OV with EN subt. Public

« Rodrigo Sorogoyen has come up with a forceful and adrenaline-charged thriller that grapples with Spain’s hottest topic: corruption among the political class.” David González, Cineuropa, 24/09/2018

“A fast-moving, quick-minded takedown of Spanish political corruption.[…] Realm's concerns, at a time of great political distrust, are universal. It’s likely to be automatically dismissed as fodder for Spanish-speaking and a couple of Euro territories, but this may be rather like suggesting that Goodfellas (no comparison of course intended) could only appeal to Italian-Americans. Realm is a fine example of concerned, contemporary cinema that also happens to be a lot of fun to watch; it deserves to be seen by as many people as possible..” Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, 24/09/2018

  • Best Director – Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Goya Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Actor – Antonio de la Torre, Goya Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Supporting Actor – Luis Zahera, Goya Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Original Screenplay, Goya Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Editing, Goya Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Sound, Goya Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Original Score, Goya Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Spanish Actress for Bárbara Lennie, Sant Jordi Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Spanish Actor for Antonio de la Torre, Sant Jordi Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Press Prize - Best Actor for Antonio de la Torre, José María Forqué Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role for Antonio de la Torre, Feroz Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Luis Zahera, Feroz Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Screenplay, Feroz Awards, 2019 (Spain)
  • Best Director, Feroz Awards, 2019 (Spain)
Cast & Credits
Antonio de la Torre, Mónica López, Josep María Pou, Nacho Fresneda, Ana Wagener, Bárbara Lennie, Luis Zahera, Francisco Reyes, María de Nati, Paco Revilla, Sonia Almarcha, David Lorente, Andrés Lima, Oscar de la Fuen
Isabel Peña, Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Álex de Pablo
Roberto Fernández, Alfonso Raposo
Miguel Ángel Rebollo
Olivier Arson
Tornasol Films, AtresmediaCine, Trianera Producciones Cinematográfica, Bowfinger International Pictures
Le Pacte, Mondex & Cie
Cherry Pickers

Rodrigo Sorogoyen studied film at the School of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts of Madrid (ECAM) and screenwriting at the Septima Ars film school. He started his professional career as a screenwriter for TV series. At the age of 25, he co-directed 8 Dates (2008), a romantic comedy and his first feature. After founding Caballo Films with three colleagues, his next film, Stockholm (2013), funded by crowdfunding, won three awards at the Málaga Film Festival, three medals from the Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos, one Feroz Award for Best Film and one Goya for Best New Actor. Sorogoyen himself was nominated for the Goya as Best Newcomer Director. His next feature, May God Save Us (2016), won the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the San Sebastián Film Festival. He is currently working with Isabel Peña on the feature film adaptation of his short Mother (2017) which was selected in multiple festivals, among which Toronto International Film Festival, and won more than 50 awards on the international festival circuit.

  • 2018 – El reino
  • 2017 – Madre (short)
  • 2016 – Que Dios nos perdone
  • 2015 – Rabia (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2014 – El iluso (short)
  • 2013 – Stockholm
  • 2012-2013 – Frágiles (13 episodes of the TV series)
  • 2010-2011 – La pecera de Eva (221 episodes of the TV series)
  • 2011 – Vida loca (6 episodes of the TV series)
  • 2010-2011 – Impares premium (10 episodes of the TV series)
  • 2008-2010 – Impares (43 episodes of the TV series)
  • 2008 – 8 Citas