Adu (2020)


Adu (2020)
Adú (original title)

In the coastal autonomous city of Melilla (located in north Africa but belonging Spain), Mateo is a Civil Guard with the task to protect the barb wire which divides the city of the rest of Africa to avoid the entering of African immigrants to Spain. During a mass attempt a night, Mateo is witness about as his partner Javi hits with his club in the head to an immigrant named Tatu, falling of the barb wire to the ground and dying in the fall, causing the rage in the rest of immigrants that seen it. At the same time, in a reservation of Mbouma, Cameroon, Gonzalo is a Spaniard working as external advisor to prevent the killing of elephants by poachers, who arrives too much late to save the most important elephant of the reservation. Unaware for him, this killing causes that the child Alika and his younger brother Adu be forced to flee from their little town in Mbouma pursued by poachers, after that they were accidental witnesses of the killing. While in Melilla Mateo doubts between saying...
IMDb   6.5 /10
TheMovieDb    7.1 /10
FilmAffinity   6.2 /10
Director Salvador Calvo
Writer Alejandro Hernández
Release Date2020-01-31
Runtime1h 59mins
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
Awards3 wins & 29 nominations.
CompanyIkiru Films, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA), Mediaset España
LanguageFrench, English, Spanish
Jesús Carroza
Jesús Carroza
Adam Nourou
Adam Nourou
Zayiddiya Dissou
Zayiddiya Dissou
Bella Agossou
Bella Agossou
Comandante Guardia Civil
Eliane Chagas
Eliane Chagas
Koffi Gahou
Koffi Gahou


Adú is a 2020 Spanish drama film directed by Salvador Calvo, written by Alejandro Hernández and starring Moustapha Oumarou, Luis Tosar and Álvaro Cervantes. The film premiered in Spain on 31 January 2020.


The film intertwines three storylines related to the African immigration to Europe. A six-year-old boy and his older sister make a desperate attempt to flee Cameroon for Europe, waiting on a runway to smuggle themselves inside an aeroplane's cargo hold. Not far away, an activist against illegal hunting discovers the terrible scene of a dead elephant, its tusks removed. As well as fighting against illegal poaching, he has to face issues with his daughter, recently arrived in the country. Thousands of miles to the north, in Melilla, a group of civil guards face a mass assault on the Melilla border fence by Africans desperate to gain access to Spain.


  • Moustapha Oumarou as Adú
  • Luis Tosar as Gonzalo
  • Álvaro Cervantes as Mateo
  • Anna Castillo as Sandra
  • Miquel Fernández as Miguel
  • Jesús Carroza as Javi
  • Adam Nourou as Massar
  • Zayiddiya Dissou as Alika
  • Ana Wagener as Paloma
  • Nora Navas as Carmen
  • Issaka Sawadogo as Kebila
  • Bella Agossou as Safí
  • Josean Bengoetxea as Comandante Guardia Civil
  • Eliane Chagas as Leke
  • Koffi Gahou as Neko

Awards and nominations

Goya AwardsBest FilmPending
Best DirectorSalvador CalvoPending
Best Original ScreenplayAlejandro HernándezPending
Best Supporting ActorÁlvaro CervantesPending
Best New ActorAdam NourouPending
Best CinematographySergi VilanovaPending
Best EditingJaime ColisPending
Best Art DirectionCésar MacarrónPending
Best Production SupervisionAna Parra and Luis Fernández LagoPending
Best Special EffectsRaúl Romanillos and Míriam PiquerPending
Best Makeup and HairstylesElena Cuevas, Mara Collazo and Sergio LópezPending
Best Original ScoreRoque BañosPending
Best Original Song"Sababoo" by Cherif Badua and Roque BañosPending
Premios FerozBest Original SoundtrackRoque BañosPending