SPA17 Smoke & Mirrors

18th April, 2017 (18+)
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  • Director Alberto Rodriguez
  • Cast Eduard Fernández, Miquel García Borda, José Coronado
  • Duration 120 min
  • Rating 18+
  • Genre Film Festival

Synopsis

After the global success of Marshland (SFF15), writer and director Alberto Rodríguez and Rafael Cobos reunite for a large-scale study of institutional corruption in Smoke & Mirrors, the incredible true story of the man who fooled an entire country: Francisco Paesa (Eduard Fernández, The Skin I Live In).

Paesa, the shadowy, swindling real-life anti-hero, spent the 80s secretly purchasing weapons for the Spanish Government in their fight against the terrorist group ETA. When the scandal broke, Paesa was made a scapegoat and forced to leave Spain in fear for his life. In 1994, he was finally able to return albeit a ruined man, and his chance for vengeance arrives on his doorstep in the form of a corrupt Police Chief (Carlos Santos, A Stroke of Luck SFF17) seeking his aid to embezzle a fortune.

Recalling Scorsese and Sorrentino while blazing a trail all of its own, Cobos’ script weaves a dazzling net of crime and duplicity and was awarded Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2017 Goya Awards. Co-starring José Coronado (The Body SFF13) and Marta Etura (Cell 211 SFF11). Playing in the Spanish Film Festival in Australia, 2017.

WINNER: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best New Actor, Goya Awards, 2017

WINNER: Silver Seashell for Best Actor, San Sebastian International Film Festival, 2016

NOMINATED: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Original Score, Goya Awards, 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION: San Sebastian International Film Festival, 2016

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