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Spain, 2001 (MIFF 2003, International Panorama)

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

In a mysterious netherworld, a group of people, including Holocaust survivor and underground casino owner Sam (Max Von Sydow), and his right-hand man, bank robber Federico, possess the gift of being uncommonly lucky. When Federico decides to break away from his boss, Sam strips him of his 'gift', exiling him to the world of the luckless. Intent on revenge, Federico enlists the help of Tomas, the sole survivor of a horrific plane crash, and begins a training regime of elaborate, death-defying games of chance. Tracking them is Sara, a detective, scarred, both physically and emotionally, by the death of her husband in a car crash, who is resolute in exposing the mysterious ring of 'lucky' gamblers. Relentlessly paced and with a dazzling cast, Intacto rushes towards an incendiary, nail-biting showdown that would make Alfred Hitchcock proud.

Intacto is the latest in a distinguished line of Spanish thrillers, that includes Fausto 5.0 (MIFF 2002) and The Devil's Backbone, that are as viscerally exciting as they are philosophically challenging. With a Hollywood remake in the works, catch one of the most original and ingenious thrillers in years now!

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