Cell 211: Secrets and Lies in a Spanish Prison

Cell 211: Prison Break on Steroids

If you liked Prison Break but wished every character was more like T-Bag or Haywire, then you’ll love Celda 111 (Cell 211), directed by Daniel Monzón. It was huge in its native Spain, and showed at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Cell 211 is about a n00b prison guard named Juan who, due to bad timing and his new colleagues’ stupidity, ends up stuck in the middle of a prison riot led by Malamadre (think T-Bag meets Lincoln Burrows)

Juan has to pass himself as a hard-as-a-coffin-nail murderer if he ever wants to see his pregnant wife again…

Luis Tosar plays Malamadre, and looks like Colin Farrell, if Colin Farrell was bombarded by gamma rays. His performance in Cell 211 got him a Goya Award for Best Actor. Alberto Ammann won the Breakthrough Actor award for his work on the role of Juan.

These two guys carry the film, selling the story in all the tiny, human moments between the scenes of violence and overt conflict.  You can see them think, and you can see them listen.

My Spanish isn’t great, but the subtitles seemed pretty accurate, if a bit soft on the swearing: “coño” doesn’t mean “damn”.

About Jordan

Jordan Matthew Yerman started writing during his third year of high school, where his teacher discouraged his use of the eff-word as "crude, unnecessary and uncouth". While attending UC San Diego for his degree in Political Science, Jordan picked up acting; he would later attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, living in the UK for four years before relocating to New York City. To get by, he has worked as a proofreader, model, technical consultant, HR trainer, sign-placer, sales director, crate stacker, bartender, photographer, real estate broker, and as an exhibit at the Bronx Museum. As an actor, Jordan has performed in the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands, from stage to indie screen to voiceover, including London's West End. Jordan has been around the world 2 3/4 times. He currently lives in Vancouver and works in New Media; capital N, capital M. You can reach him via jordan at international jet trash dot com.