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Cell 211 - Preview

Cell 211

Preview by Jack Foley

JUAN Oliver is about to become a prison officer. On the first day of his new job, two colleagues show him around the old prison, telling him about the rough work and about Apache, a Russian informer.

All of a sudden, and due to some building work, some plaster falls from the ceiling and hits Juan Olivier, who passes out. The guards take him into cell 211, which is empty, to try and revive him.

But, as luck would have it, that’s when a riot breaks out at the high security FIES cell block, the one that houses the most dangerous inmates.

Juan’s colleagues run away, leaving him stranded. When he wakes up in the cell he takes stock of the situation: if he wants to save his skin, he must pretend to be a prisoner.

Daniel Monzon’s acclaimed prison drama Cell 211 took eight prizes at the Spanish Goyas last year, including best film, director (for Monzon), adapted script and best actor for Luis Tosar’s portrayal of a prison inmate.

Monzon says of the film himself: “When Cell 211 fell into my hands, I read it in one go and knew that I wanted to make a movie about it.

“The novel’s starting point was forceful and convincing; a powerful, recognizable and human universe, and the story was built on a suffocating tension that included some remarkable turning points. As a film, it represented a major narrative challenge and gave me little leeway to do anything other than stripping the staging of artful devices and placing the camera at the service of the characters.

“It was therefore necessary to find a failproof cast of actors. Now that the film has been finished, I think it would have been really difficult to find more reliable and adequate players than those who were finally selected for the movie; the two leading characters, the gang of convicts, the prison staff members and the other actors –all of whom devoted themselves fully to this adventure.”

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Q. How many Goyas in total did Cell 211 win last year?

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Cell 211 is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, January 9, 2012