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AURA, THE

Argentina, 2005 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Fabian Bielinsky

AURA, THE

“Bielinsky is a meticulous craftsman. Every moment has a payoff… A meticulously conceived and executed heist pic that is equally concerned with character.” - Hollywood Reporter

An introverted taxidermist who fantasises about pulling off the perfect crime finds his dreams unexpectedly a reality while hunting deer in Argentina's Patagonian forest. In order to save his skin, he must turn his highly analytical mind to outwitting everyone, including his accomplices.

The jigsaw puzzle-like nature of The Aura is reminiscent of filmmaker Fabian Bielinsky's first feature, Nine Queens. Complex and shrewd with palpable tension maintained throughout, this film satisfies on all filmic fronts - character, cinematography and plot. The aura of the title refers to the ‘frozen' instance the taxidermist experiences before an epileptic attack; just one of the intertwining metaphors and themes that give this film a rewarding sense of wholeness.

D/S Fabian Bielinsky P Pablo Bossi, Samuel Hadida, Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky WS Celluloid Dreams L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2005/129mins

Fabian Bielinsky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1959. His films include Nine Queens (2000).

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