The Method (film)
|Directed by||Marcelo Piñeyro|
|Written by||Mateo Gil|
|Story by||Jordi Galceran|
|Produced by||Gerardo Herrero|
|Cinematography||Alfredo F. Mayo|
|Edited by||Iván Aledo|
|Music by||Frédéric Bégin|
|Distributed by||Palm Pictures|
After an introduction showing the AZCA area of Madrid during a meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank with accompanying anti-globalization protests, the entire film happens within a corporate building (outdoor scenes shot by Torre Europa), mostly in a closed conference room.
The story tells of seven people that have been selected among several applicants for one final round to determine who will get an enviable, executive position for a mysterious corporation, Dekia. The seven applicants are submitted to a series of psychological tests - known as the "Grönholm Method" - that start eliminating the applicants one by one. It is warned at the beginning that one of the seven people is an employee of the corporation posing as an applicant to evaluate the others. As the applicants are discarded, the race for the position becomes more tense and sinister. The tests reveal the weakness of each of the characters and their attitudes to company work. In the end the "mole" will be revealed and only one of them will get the desired position.
- Eduardo Noriega as Carlos, a young well prepared executive.
- Najwa Nimri as Nieves, a young well prepared executive.
- Eduard Fernández as Fernando, an older Spanish macho.
- Pablo Echarri as Ricardo, a former Argentine unionist.
- Ernesto Alterio as Enrique, interested in personnel selection methods.
- Natalia Verbeke as Montse, the company secretary.
- Adriana Ozores as Ana, a mature executive.
- Carmelo Gómez as Julio, who valued his ethics over loyalty to the company.
The film was nominated to five Goya Awards (Best Lead Actor (Fernández), Best New Actor (Echarri), Best Editing (Aledo), Best Screenplay (Gil and Piñeyro) and Best Supporting Actor (Gómez), winning in the last two categories. It also won in the Flanders International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film in the Mar del Plata Film Festival. It also won the main award (The Audience Award) at Vilnius International Film Festival.
Similarities have been noted between this film and the 2009 film Exam.