Set in Franco-controlled 1955 Spain, this colorful and freewheeling true-life heist thriller follows a bevy of agents, criminals, and police officers in their attempts to get their hands on Eva Perón's famed jewels.
May 23, 2013
|9:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Egyptian||Date has passed|
May 24, 2013
|6:00 PM||Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center||Date has passed|
May 25, 2013
|11:00 AM||SIFF Cinema Egyptian||Date has passed|
Mixing together ingredients from caper films and political dramas, without losing any of the former's frothy charm or the latter's tart sting, ¡Atraco! imagines the hidden historical forces behind a real-life jewelry heist. In mid-'50s Madrid, loyalists to the exiled Juan Perón raise money for his relocation to Spain by pawning off some jewelry belonging to the late Evita. The plan is to purchase them back before their public appearance can create a scandal, but the glittering baubles catch the eye of "Mrs. Necklaces" herself, Franco's wife Carmen Polo. With the jeweler's cooperation a fake heist is quickly set up before Polo can claim the jewels and start showing them off around town. Security officer Merello (Guillermo Francella), a devout Peronista with years of experience at such skullduggery, and Miguel (Nicolás Cabré), an actor as perpetually nervous as he is unemployed, are paired up as the faux-robbers. Blasé Merello and bumbling Miguel make a great, snappy odd couple; but as Inspector Ramos (Óscar Jaenada) starts closing in, events take a sharp dramatic turn, reminding you that for all the laughs along the way this is still the story of a crime attempted under the nose of a dictatorship.
Since his 2002 debut Nobody's Life earned him a Goya nomination for Best New Director, Eduard Cortés has made a series of acclaimed, award-winning films such as El payaso y el Führer (2007) and The Pelayos (2012).
Sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Spain - San Francisco, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, Dragados USA, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, The Tourist Office of Spain, UW Spanish & Portuguese Studies
|Principal Cast:||Guillermo Francella, Nicolás Cabré, Amaia Salamanca, Óscar Jaenada, Jordi Martínez|
|Running Time:||116 minutes|
|Producer:||Pedro Costa, Gerardo Herrero, Luis Alberto Scalella|
|Screenplay:||Eduard Cortés, Piti Español, Marcelo Figueras|
|Filmography:||The Pelayos (2011); Ingrid (2009); Ostra dias vendran (2005); La Vida de nadie (2002)|
|International Sales:||Latido Films|