Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth and his crafty manager, Orsini, make a good living by traveling around small South American towns, organizing wrestling exhibitions in run-down theaters. Once this oddball pair disembarks at the village of Santa Maria, business really kicks off: the local newspaper sponsors the fight and helping hands placard posters announcing an open call for a worthy adversary. Ever so resourceful, Orsini knows how to find the right combatant, but fishing in Santa Maria could lead to a bigger catch than he d hoped for.
Bonus features include a complementary short film, Director's Statement, and Bio, amongst other features.
WINNER - 10 Awards - Uruguayan Film Critics Association
WINNER - Best Actor - Mar del Plata Int'l Film Festival
WINNER - FIPRESCI Prize - Sofia Int'l Film Festival
WINNER - Free Spirit Award - Warsaw Int'l Film Festival
WINNER - Best New Director - Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Montreal World Film Festival
Official Selection - Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Pusan Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Sao Paulo Int'l Film Festival.
Official Selection - NYU Latin American Film Festival
Official Selection - San Diego Lantino Film Festival
Official Selection - San Juan Int'l Film Festival ----
Alvaro Brechner's ambitious debut is something like a retro THE WRESTLER
by way of the Coen brothers. --Jordan Mintzer, Variety
Engagingly quirky! --John Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter
Official Selection - CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (Critics Week)