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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) --Film Movement
This one, I liked. It's about a washed up, middle aged German wrestler and his Italian con man manager/agent who were reduced to touring the small towns and offering big bucks to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by curmudgeon
Wow, such a good movie with great directing and acting for what is ultimately (in the States at least) a totally unknown film with unknown actors. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A customer
Not a whole lot of action. The plot of the story gets drawn out over the whole movie. So, it's not real fast moving along but it does a pretty good job of telling the story and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by ConsumerReport
Good story, great acting. Has elements of comedy and a plot that keeps you guessing to the end. Very good movie!Published 14 months ago by R. Mead
An almost perfect movie! One of those little known gems, and a real find. Videos on Amazon provide the chance to see what would otherwise be lost. Read morePublished 14 months ago by bonita cee
What an exciting enjoyable thrill of a story !
I will not spoil it for you by revealing what happens....it is a life as it goes on !