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aka CELDA 211
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón, Marta Etura, Carlos Bardem, Luis Zahera, Fernando Soto, Vicente Romero, Manolo Solo, Bisquert
Director: Daniel Monzón
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
UK: 113 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong bloody violence and suicide
UK Release Date: 15 July 2011 (Limited Release)
Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) is knocked unconscious during the prison tour on the day before he begins his new job as prison officer. He is rushed to the empty cell 211 and left to come around. Meanwhile, inmates of the high security wing break free and riots break out. When he awakes he realises he's trapped and has to pretend to be a new prisoner in order to survive...
Engaging and intense, a cross between DIE HARD, CON AIR and A PROPHET, Daniel Monzón's gripping prison drama CELL 211, swept the board at the Goya Awards (Spain's equivalent to the BAFTA) winning 8 awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor and has been nominated for 2 European Film Awards; Best European Actor (Luis Tosar) and Best European Screenwriter. Paul Haggis (CRASH) has already been pegged to write and direct the US remake.