Three young and desperate inhabitants of Madrid attempt to rise above their circumstances by any means available to them in that sun-drenched city. This tight-knit trio must scramble when ... See full summary »


1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

19-year-old Argentina Martin has a nearly fatal drug overdose. After that his mother sends him to Madrid, where his film director father (also called Martin) lives with his new much younger lover Alicia and gay actor friend Dante.

Director: Adolfo Aristarain
Stars: Federico Luppi, Juan Diego Botto, Eusebio Poncela
Guerreros (2002)
Adventure | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The tragic story of a platoon of Spanish soldiers, in the hell of the Kosovo war in 2000

Director: Daniel Calparsoro
Stars: Eloy Azorín, Eduardo Noriega, Rubén Ochandiano
Novios (1999)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Arturo , a successful restaurateur, having an affair with his assistant Cristal, tells her that he will reveal the extent of their relationship to his wife Paz. Not long after Cristal ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquín Oristrell
Stars: Juanjo Puigcorbé, Candela Peña, Juan Diego Botto
Roma (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Joaquín Góñez, a novelist in his sixties recalls his emotions, his wild years in Buenos Aires, the memories of old friends, the meaning of loyalty and the intimate relationship with his mother, Roma.

Director: Adolfo Aristarain
Stars: Juan Diego Botto, Susú Pecoraro, José Sacristán
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Marga is having a streak of bad luck. Through her friendship with Rosa, she tries to regain her self-confidence, but love interests again create conflict. It is while developing a ... See full summary »

Directors: Alfonso Albacete, David Menkes
Stars: Emma Suárez, Juan Diego Botto, Mirta Ibarra
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Carlos is a young student, just 21. Nice or annoying as he likes, enjoys provoking and transgreding. In the night he goes out to meet his friends in the Kronen, a bar. Every situation can ... See full summary »

Director: Montxo Armendáriz
Stars: Juan Diego Botto, Jordi Mollà, Núria Prims
Salto al vacío I (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Alex is a 20 year old girl that keeps financially all her family through illegal arms trafficking, always with the risk of dying or killing. She's the only girl on a men's group, torn between his need to love and a life based on violence.

Director: Daniel Calparsoro
Stars: Najwa Nimri, Roberto Chalu, Alfredo Villa
Pasajes (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Gabi is a marginal young girl who is part of a gang and whose life is to evade the police. When she meets Carmina, an alcoholic and unemployed woman, she finds consolation in the usual emptiness of his life.

Director: Daniel Calparsoro
Stars: Najwa Nimri, Alfredo Villa, Ion Gabella
Blinded (1997)
Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A Basque terrorist betrays her group by refusing to kill its enemies. Now the police want her behind bars and the commando wants her dead.

Director: Daniel Calparsoro
Stars: Najwa Nimri, Alfredo Villa, Ramón Barea
Ismael (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An 8-year-old boy tracks down his father.

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro
Stars: Belén Rueda, Mario Casas, Sergi López
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The teachers Daniel and Laura work at the same school and live together. Laura wants to have a baby, but her gynecologist has just informed that she cannot have children. One day, a weird ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Chavarrías
Stars: Juan Diego Botto, Bárbara Lennie, Mágica Pérez
Hablar (2015)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An anthology film with 20 stories on the subject of words, communication, linked to one another over a 400-metre stretch: from Madrid's Lavapiés Square to the Sala Mirador. A journey ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquín Oristrell
Stars: Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Estefanía de los Santos, María Botto


Cast overview:
Antonia San Juan ...
Roger Ibáñez ...
Javier Nogueiras ...
Miguel (as Ruben Otxandiano)
Jeff Bigot ...
Carla Calparsoro ...
David Bolajuzón ...
Jefe de Policía
Oliver G. Sarmiento ...
Jorge (as Oliver G. Sarmiento aka Mucho Muchacho)
Ángel Plana ...
Detective (as Ángel Planas)
Javier Vega ...
Joven Parque


Three young and desperate inhabitants of Madrid attempt to rise above their circumstances by any means available to them in that sun-drenched city. This tight-knit trio must scramble when their hasty plans become derailed by a demanding matriarch, an abusive older brother, and the entire corrupt underclass with which they deal. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »





Release Date:

4 February 2000 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Asfalttiviidakko  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Acceptable thriller filled with surprises , drama , twists , pursuits and being efficiently realized
7 March 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Moving thriller filled with intense drama , nail-biting action , car crash , a love story and swiftly paced . This exciting movie contains thrills , noisy action , intrigue , spectacular final crashing and a triangular love story . Stirring movie results to be a nice yarn well set in a sun-drenched big city , Madrid . In fact , filmmaker Daniel Calparsoro dedicated this movie , ¨Asfalto¨ , to ¨Madrid¨ . It deals with three young and desperate inhabitants of this metropolis , Lucía (Najwa Nimri), a beautiful woman of longs legs torn between two lovers : Charly (Juan Diego Botto) and Chino (Gustavo Salmerón) . This trio must scramble a lot of twisted relations , risks , dangers and violence . They are a bunch of cunning delinquents as well as drug dealers . At the beginning Lucia and Chino are an offbeat couple . After that , Lucia and Charly fall in love and there takes place the classical loving triangle . But Lucia loves the two young men , then it occurs a particular and outlandish threesome . Meantime , they carry out swindles , dope selling and dealing with an entire corrupt underclass (Rubén Ochandiano , Roger Ibáñez , Javier Nogueiras) . They try to rise above their circumstances by any means available to them . As while Lucia seduces her victim the Francés (Bigot) ; Chino and his colleague enter his house , and they come in to steal from him . Chino has an abusive older brother , Antonio , who attempts to apart him from them . But things go wrong and their hasty schemes become derailed when there appear Lucia's demanding mother (Antonia San Juan) and Chino's brother (Alfredo Villa) and the happenings lead to unexpected consequences .

This is a thrilling narration of friendship , comradeship , love , delinquency , and drug dealers with exceptionally fine camera work , attractive sequences and ending crashes on the metropolitan streets , in Madrid's Gran Via . The picture mingles action-packed , drama , exciting pursuits , suspense , a little bit of sexual images and spectacular sequences though won't mean much on little screen TV . This peculiar as well as tight-knit trio , Salmeron-Najwa-Diego Botto , are the real stars of this movie . Pulse-quickening thriller movie but plenty of clichés and lots of violence , including punches , slaps , heavy blows , kick-ass and bloody shooting . Other chief excitements about the picture , will be in the intervention of a good plethora of Spanish actors who realize professionally competent interpretations such as Alfredo Villa as his cop brother Antonio , Antonia San Juan as authoritarian matriarch and Rubén Ochandiano as a druggie .

Colorful and appropriate cinematography by Joseph M. Civit . Josep M Civit is one of the best Spanish cameramen , as he has demonstrated in "The Hidden Face" , ¨Shiver¨, ¨Warriors¨ , ¨The Absent" ,¨Anguish¨ and many others . Exciting as well as pulsating musical score by Nacho Mastretta and Najwajean-Najwa Nimri . This is another superbly powerful thriller movie being compellingly directed Daniel Calparsoro , the filmmaking is competent though the story eventually run out of gas . It was well realized by Calparsoro in similar vein to his subsequent films as ¨Invasor¨ , another splendid thriller mostly set in Irak war . His best film was ¨Warriors¨ or ¨Guerreros¨ , another warlike film brilliantly made by Daniel and dealing with ¨Kosovo¨ war . Daniel was raised in Donostia , for that reason most films are set in Basque country . Daniel uses to work with his spouses , as his first wife , Najawa Nimri composes his scores and played in ¨Salto a Vacio¨ , ¨Pasajes¨ , ¨Asfalto¨ , ¨A Ciegas¨ ; and his second one , Patricia Vico , performed in ¨La Ira¨ . Calparsoro is an expert on action and violent dramas , such as : 2013 ¨Combustion¨ starred by Alex Gonzalez and Alberto Amman , 2012 ¨Invasor¨ also starred by Albert Ammann , 2005 ¨Ausentes¨ , 2000 ¨Asfalto¨ , 1997 ¨A Ciegas¨ , 1996 ¨Pasajes¨ , 1995 ¨Salto a Vacío¨ . Furthermore , he has realized TV series and episodes such as ¨Inocentes¨, ¨Apaches¨ , ¨La Ira¨, ¨El Castigo¨. His last one (2016) results to be ¨100 Años De Perdón¨ with all-star-cast as Luis Tosar , Jose Coronado , Raul Arevalo and his wife Patricia Vico . This flick , ¨Asphalt¨ , will appeal to adrenaline lovers and those young people looking for strong emotions . This is the kind of film in which the thriller enthusiasts will enjoy immensely , it's a must see .

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Asfalto (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: