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To Fool a Thief

Vino para robar

Who can scam a scammer? In this clever nod to Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, Sebastian and Natalia meet, and clash, while attempting to pilfer the same artwork from a museum. Then, they team up—with sights set on a coveted bottle of Malbec.

Schedule
May 30, 2014
Friday
3:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 4, 2014
Wednesday
10:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 6, 2014
Friday
9:45 PM Egyptian Theatre Date has passed

Nothing is what it seems to be in Ariel Winograd’s crowd-pleasing heist comedy. Virtuoso thief Sebastian (Daniel Hendler) steals an Aztec artifact in a daringly sophisticated museum heist, only to discover that the artifact is a fake and that another thief (Valeria Bertuccelli) has absconded with the real one. Sebastian pursues her into Argentina's Mendozan wine country, intent on beating her to her next theft: a rare bottle of 1845 Malbec de Burdeos for an unscrupulous wine collector. But when things don't go as planned, the two rivals are forced to band together in order to steal the bottle from a bank vault. Two of Agentina's best known film stars, Hendler and Bertuccelli, know that con game films rely as much on charm as real con artists do, and they bring a smooth, accomplished style to their Hepburn-Tracy banter. Winograd wraps his two stars in high-glamor fashion and a sleek, 1960s-style vibe, then updates things with some winking homages to other great caper films. But To Fool a Thief also has another ace up its sleeve: the stunning, picaresque Argentinean city of Mendoza, whose striking locations offer one of the best tourism advertisements in South American film history.

Director Biography

Argentinian writer and director Ariel Winograd was born in 1977. He graduated from Universidad del Cine in Buenos Ares with a degree in directing. Winograd has directed music videos and short films in addition to documentaries. To Fool a Thief is Winograd’s third feature length film.

Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company, Inc., E. & J. Gallo Winery, Seattle Met

Director: Ariel Winograd
Principal Cast: Daniel Hendler, Valeria Bertuccelli, Mario Alarcon, Martin Piroyansky, Pablo Rago
Country: Argentina
Year: 2013
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Nathalie Cabiron, Ricardo Freixa, Alex Zito
Screenplay: Adrián Garelik
Cinematographers: Ricardo DeAngelis
Editors: Francisco Freixa
Music: Dario Eskenazi
Filmography: My First Wedding (2011); Cheese Head (2006); Fanáticos (Doc, 2004)
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: Yes
International Sales: Primer Plano Film Group SA
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