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Featuring an all-star Argentinian cast (including Ricardo Darín and his real-life son Chino on screen together for the first time), the new comedy from Sebastián Borensztein (Chinese Take-Away) is a rousing tale of working-class solidarity and collective revenge, based on a novel by Eduardo Sacheri (The Secret In Their Eyes).
The year is 2001, and Argentina is hitting the lowest point in its great depression. His glory days far behind him, retired soccer star Fermín (Darín senior) now runs a service station in a sleepy provincial town. Hoping to pull his family and their community out of decline, Fermín seeks to convert some abandoned grain silos into a viable storage facility. He convinces friends to invest in the cooperative, but is railroaded by a conniving bank manager into placing their cash into a savings account just as the banks are about to be frozen by the government, rendering their money useless and their plans quashed.
For a time things seem only to get worse, until rumours spread of a secret depository containing the cooperative’s pilfered cash and much, much more. With Fermín as their Robin Hood–esque leader, the group conspires to infiltrate the cache, but it’s going to take some serious resolve, a little inspiration, and a lot of luck to pull off this honest-person heist. Revenge has never felt so satisfying – or sweetly ironic.
OFFICIAL SELECTION (ARGENTINA) – 2020 ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – 2020 SPANISH ACADEMY AWARDS (GOYAS) – Best Ibero-American Film
NOMINEE (x6) – ARGENTINIAN ACADEMY AWARDS incl. Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Darín) & Best Adapted Screenplay
OFFICIAL SELECTION – TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – SAN SEBASTIÁN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
"Succeeds triumphantly as a thoroughly enjoyable romp. Well-written and consummately acted."
- David Stratton, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
"Funny, ingeniously plotted and with plenty of charm and energy. An impressive crime caper with a social conscience offering an 'eff-you' to the establishment."
- Lynden Barber, LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE
"Hits all the right notes. Caper movies, done well, are always popular. They satisfy everyone’s desire to get away with something scot-free, to equalise the bad luck that makes us all losers. They’re about envy leavened by justice: the person or institution being robbed always deserves it. Ricardo Darín embodies the post-junta disappointment of all Argentinians. He is perfect in the role."
- Paul Byrnes, SMH / THE AGE
"A crowdpleaser. Generous, cathartic entertainment. What really gives ‘Heroic Losers’ a boost is its expression of national character, the way it attaches itself to this rousing fantasy to score one for the downtrodden"
- Scott Tobias, VARIEY
Thursday 10th June
Ricardo Darín, Chino Darín, Luis Brandoni, Verónica Llinás, Daniel Aráoz, Carlos Belloso, Rita Cortese, Andrés Parra
Spanish with English subtitles
Pentridge Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, The Kino, Palace Westgarth, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central, Palace Verona, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Barracks, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square