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THE SNATCH THIEF

by Agustin Toscano

 

WITH : Sergio Prina, Liliana Juárez, León Zelarrayán

PRODUCTION : 2018 – 94′ – In coproduction with Rizoma (Argentina), Murillo Cine (Argentina), Oriental Features (Uruguay)

FRENCH DISTRIBUTION : Les Acacias

FRENCH RELEASE : April 3, 2019

INTERNATIONAL SALES : The Match Factory

 

FESTIVALS

Cannes Film Festival 2018 – « Directors’ Fortnight »

San Sebastian Film Festival : « Horizontes Award »

Nara Film Festival : « Golden SHIKA Award »

Santiago Festival : « Best Film » and « Best Actor »

Bergamo Film Festival : « Best Film »

Rencontres du Cinéma Sud-Américain de Marseille : « Special Award »

Lima Film Festival : « Best Actor »

Havana Film Festival New York : « Best Actor »

Puerto Madryn Film Festival : « Best Actor »

 

SYNOPSIS

In the Argentinian city of Tucumán, Miguel is making a living as a “motochorro”, a thief who snatches people’s belongings fromhis motorbike. When he steals the purse of Elena, an old woman, he ends up hurting her badly. After the brutal incident, Miguel is plagued by guilt and unable to forget about his victim. In an attempt to make things right, he conceals his true identity from the old woman and starts to take care of the injured and unsuspecting Elena. The closer he gets to her the more he becomes entangled in his own lies. Afraid of telling Elena the truth, Miguel continues to be haunted by his past and is unable to find true redemption. The Snatch Thief tells a strong relational drama against the backdrop of the police strike in 2013 when the city of Tucumán was overtaken by chaos, violence and riots.