WriterAntonio Skarmeta, Fernando Trueba Release date27 November 2009 (2009-11-27) (Spain) ScreenplayFernando Trueba, Antonio Skarmeta, Jonas Trueba CastAbel Ayala (Ángel Santiago), Miranda Bodenhofer (Victoria Ponce), Ariadna Gil (Teresa Capriatti), Julio Jung (Alcaide Santoro), Mario Guerra (Wilson), Marcia Haydée (Profesora Danza) Similar moviesRicardo Darin movies, Dance movies
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The Dancer and the Thief (2009; Spanish: El Baile de la Victoria) is a film directed by Fernando Trueba, produced in Spain and filmed in Chile. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by author Antonio Skármeta, winner of the Premio Planeta de Novela award in 2003. The film was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.
With the arrival of democracy in Chile following the 1988 national plebiscite, the president of Chile declares a general amnesty for all prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes.
Among these former prisoners is the young Ángel Santiago (Abel Ayala) and the veteran Vergara Grey (Ricardo Darín), a famous thief. The two have different plans: while Vergara Grey only wishes to regain his family and turn over a new leaf, Ángel dreams of avenging the prison warden and undertaking a grand heist with Grey. But then Ángel meets the young Victoria (Miranda Bodenhöfer), a ballet dancer who has not spoken a word since she lost her parents as a small child during the Chilean dictatorship.
The lives of all three are changed irrevocably as they are faced with a new future.
Director Fernando Trueba has said of the film: “I am proud of how I have portrayed [Santiago], I believe it is very interesting visually. This is above all a romantic film, but with elements of comedy and film noir. It’s film-noir and it is western, it’s realist and very romantic. Definitively Latin American.”
The Dancer and the Thief was nominated for nine awards at the 24th Goya Awards, including Best Director and Best Film.,