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The 4th Floor

Original Title

Planta 4Ş


Antonio Mercero



Country of origin


Language spoken


Year of production



772,205 (Spain, as at 7 December 2003))

Box Office

5,100,000 (Spain, as at 18 January 2004)


Boca Boca Producciones S.L. (E)

Domestic distribution/World Sales


Domestic release

31 October 2003 (Spain)

Official website


Montréal World Film Festival 2003 (Best Director)
Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2003 (Special Mention – young cast)

Suggested by

Peter Koliha, Artistic Director of the Zlín Festival
Selected for Zlín Film Festival – 2004 edition in the section Feature Films for Youth


A group of 15-year-old boys live in a very peculiar "block": the orthopedic ward of a children's hospital, where the patients have various forms of cancer. Armed with irrepressible good cheer and a tenacious desire to live their lives fully, Miguel Angel, Izán, Dani and Jorge defy destiny and carry on as if this microworld ruled by men and women in white coats was a thoroughly normal environment for adolescent boys. Besides their high-sodium drinks, there are always new patients to meet, nurses to play jokes on, nightly excursions through the hospital corridors, basketball games against the team from St. Paul's. Friendship and group acceptance are important at their age, but they are absolutely essential when you are spending your life in pyjamas between four walls. Still, this doesn't mean that you've given up your individual identity. Each of the protagonists in 4th FLOOR has his personal problems and his own way of dealing with them…