Films

El Bola

Director: Achero Manas

Country:  Spain

Year of Production:  2000

Goya Award Best Film Goya Award Best Screenplay

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Synopsis

A startling directorial debut from Achero Manas, EL BOLA is a vivid and powerful drama of young urban lives. El Bola 'Pellet' is a 12-year-old with a dark, disturbing secret and no friends, until new classmate Alfredo moves into the neighbourhood and reveals a wondrous new world that fleetingly offers joy and hope.

Truly accomplished on all levels, EL BOLA's real strength lies in the incredible performances from the young central duo of Juan Jose Ballesta (El Bola) and Pablo Galan (Alfredo).

The winner of four Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars), including Best Film, Best Emerging Director, Best Emerging Actor (Ballesta) and Best Original Screenplay, Manas also won the Fassbinder/European Discovery Award at the 2001 European Film Awards.

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Cast

Starring:  Juan Jose Ballesta, Pablo Galan, Alberto Jimenez

Credits

Director: Achero Manas

Writer(s):  Achero Manas

Producers:  Jose Antonio Felez

Editor:  Nacho Ruiz Capillas

Cinematographer:  Juan Carlos G

Music:  Eduardo Arbide

Production Details

Country:  Spain

Year of Production:  2000

Language:  Spanish

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  84 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  2.35:1

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  4th April 2003

DVD Release Date:  23rd August 2010

Reviews

THE GUARDIAN

"A powerful drama... with a dark and disturbing secret"

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THE METRO

"A brutal but brilliant portrayal... drum-tight... utterly unsentimental... The performances are terrific"

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THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"fresh and wrenching tale of teenage friendship"

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BBC MOVIES

"grittingly convincing... a strikingly powerful movie... "El Bola" teases a truly remarkable performance from its lead actor, twelve-year-old Juan Jose Ballesta."

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PHILIP FRENCH, THE OBSERVER

"El Bola comes wreathed in awards... painful, convincingly acted, and well observed"

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THE SUNDAY TIMES

"An intriguing and painful story movingly told"

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