Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

King of the Hill 2007

El rey de la montaña

Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego

A taut cat and mouse chase in the Spanish wilderness. "A sly, deceptive gut punch of a picture... a brilliant, vicious little piece of work." — Twitch

Spain In Spanish with English subtitles
90 minutes 35mm

Director, Editor


Javier Gullón


José David Montero


David Crespo


Leonardo Sbaraglia
María Valverde
Pablo Menasanch
Francisco Olmo
Manuel Sánchez Ramos


Toronto 2007


A taut thriller set in the Spanish wilderness, King of the Hill is a stylish update of The Most Dangerous Game combined with the grim undertones of Deliverance. Stopping for gas in the back of nowhere, Quim indulges in a torrid quickie with a sexy stranger in the gas station toilet. Before he can zip up both she, and his wallet, have legged it. Following her car, he gets lost. Then, out of the blue, his vehicle comes under gunfire and he is forced off the road. Quim flags down a figure for assistance, but discovers that in this neck of the woods hunting humans is the name of the game. Thus begins an intense cat and mouse chase, across a landscape which is as hostile as the sniper who rules it. Blending contemporary fears, atmospheric music and stylish visuals, King of the Hill is a real pulse pounder and the implications to be drawn when the hunter's identity is unmasked are chilling. — MS