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by Achero Mañas


El Bola a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 years old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The arrival of a new boy at school changes his attitude towards his classmates, and friendship. The heart of the story is the change in El Bola's life, at almost all levels, after befriending this new classmate.

international title: Pellet
original title: El Bola
country: Spain, United Kingdom
sales agent: Intramovies
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Achero Mañas
film run: 88'
release date: SP 20/10/2000, IT 23/08/2002, DK 22/11/2002, BE 05/02/2003, GR 28/02/2003, UK 04/04/2003, FR 30/04/2003, NO 08/08/2003, NL 21/02/2004
screenplay: Achero Mañas, Verónica Fernández
cast: Juan José Ballesta, Pablo Galán, Alberto Jiménez, Manuel Morón
cinematography by: Juan Carlos Gómez
film editing: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
art director: Satur Idarreta
costumes designer: Mar Bardavío
music: Eduardo Arbide
producer: José Antonio Félez, Daniel Goldstein, Francisco Lázaro, Juan Carlos Rodríguez, Ricardo Steinberg
production: TVE - Televisión Española, Tesela Producciones Cinematograficas, Vía Digital
distributor: Axiom Films, Argentina Video Home, Primer Plano Film Group S.A. (AG), Film Movement (US), Les Films du Safran (FR), Twin Film (NL), Wanda Visión S.A. (SP)

main awards/selection

EFA 2001 Fassbinder Award (European Film Academy Discovery)

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