Smoke & Mirrors (2016 film)

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Smoke & Mirrors
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Film poster (international)
El hombre de las mil caras
Directed by Alberto Rodríguez
Written by Alberto Rodríguez
Rafael Cobos
Based on Paesa, el espía de las mil caras
by Manuel Cerdán
Starring Eduard Fernández
José Coronado
Marta Etura
Music by Julio de la Rosa
Cinematography Alex Catalán
Production
companies
Zeta Cinema
Atresmedia Cine
Atípica Films
Sacromonte
Distributed by Film Factory Entertainment[1]
Release date
  • 17 September 2016 (2016-09-17) (San Sebastián)
  • 23 September 2016 (2016-09-23) (Spain)
Running time
123 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish

Smoke & Mirrors (Spanish: El hombre de las mil caras) is a 2016 Spanish thriller film directed by Alberto Rodríguez based on the non-fiction book Paesa, el espía de las mil caras by Manuel Cerdán.[2] The film stars Eduard Fernández as Francisco Paesa, a former agent of the Spanish secret service who faked his own death after an infamous corruption scandal. The film premiered at the 64th San Sebastián International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Silver Shell for Best Actor for Eduard Fernández.[3] It was also screened at the 2016 London Film Festival.[4]

Plot[edit]

Francisco Paesa — ex-secret agent for the Spanish government and the man responsible for the most important operation against the Basque terrorist group ETA — is framed by his own government and forced to leave the country. When he is finally able to return to Spain, he is broke and his personal life is falling apart. It is then he receives a visit from Luis Roldán, the powerful former Commissioner of Police who offers him one million dollars to help him safeguard twelve million dollars that were embezzled from the budget he used to control. Paesa’s acute mind will plan revenge in order to seize Roldán’s money, fooling an entire country in a brilliant and intricate operation worthy of the best illusionist.

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Nominated Result
64th San Sebastián International Film Festival[3] Golden Shell for Best Film Nominated
Best Actor Eduard Fernández Won
IV Premios Feroz[5][6] Best Drama Film Nominated
Best Director Alberto Rodríguez Nominated
Best Screenplay Alberto Rodríguez & Rafael Cobos Nominated
Best Main Actor Eduard Fernández Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Carlos Santos Nominated
José Coronado Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Marta Etura Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Julio de la Rosa Nominated
Best Trailer Nominated
Best Film Poster Won
31st Goya Awards[7] Best Film Nominated
Best Director Alberto Rodríguez Nominated
Best Actor Eduard Fernández Nominated
Best New Actor Carlos Santos Won
Best Adapted Screenplay Alberto Rodríguez & Rafael Cobos Won
Best Editing José M.G. Moyano Nominated
Best Art Direction Pepe Domínguez del Olmo Nominated
Best Production Supervision Manuela Ocón Nominated
Best Sound Daniel de Zayas, César Molina & José Antonio Manovel Nominated
Best Makeup & Hairstyles Yolanda Piña Nominated
Best Original Score Julio de la Rosa Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Smoke & Mirrors". Film Factory Entertainment. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. ^ "'Smoke and Mirrors' ('El Hombre de las Mil Caras'): San Sebastián Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Eduard Fernández, Concha de Plata por su Paesa de 'El hombre de las mil caras'". El País (in Spanish). 24 September 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Smoke & Mirrors". BFI. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  5. ^ "'El hombre de las mil caras lidera los Feroz". LosExtras (in Spanish). 1 December 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  6. ^ "La lista completa de ganadores de los premios Feroz 2017" (in Spanish). El Huffinton Post. January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "Juan Antonio Bayona's 'A Monster Calls' Leads Goya Award Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. December 14, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2017.

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