El Aura : anatomy of a crime
by Vitor Pinto
19/09/2005 - Presented in the official section of the San Sebastian International Film Festival last week-end, El Aura [trailer] marks the return of Argentinean filmmaker Fabián Bielinsky five years after the international success of his directorial debut, Nueve Reinas.
The dark thriller set in Patagonia take us on a journey through the mind of an apparently self-controlled shy man whose secret dream is to commit the perfect robbery. One day, while chasing in the woods of southern Argentina, the chance suddenly presents itself and he is not going to let skip pass. Delving deep into the characters obsessed soul, the film becomes a claustrophobic study of human obsession, defying the limits of honesty and danger. Nueve Reinas's lead actor Ricardo Darín returns to Bielinsky's universe, creating this clever and silent character, who will realise soon that it takes much more than brains to make his dream come true. Rumour already has it that Darín is a strong candidate for the Golden Shell for best actor, which will be announced on the 24th of September.
El Aura, to which Cineuropa has already dedicated a making of is a co-production between Argentina (Patagonik Film Group), Spain (Tornasol Films) and France (Davis Films). Celluloïd Dreams handles the international sales.