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Nine Queens (2000)

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Coming Out at 31 August 2000 in theaters

“Nueve reinas”

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Nine Queens is crime drama film written and directed by Fabián Bielinsky and starring Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, Tomás Fonzi and Alejandro Awada.

The story centers on two con artists who meet and decide to cooperate in a major scam. The film was nominated for 28 awards and won 21 of them, and is now considered a classic in Argentine film history.

The film opens at a convenience store early in the morning, the present time. Juan (Gastón Pauls), a con artist, successfully scams the cashier, and later attempts the same scam again on the next shift. Marcos (Ricardo Darín), who has been observing him, steps in pretending to be a police officer and takes Juan away. As soon as they are far enough, Marcos tells Juan he is not actually a cop but a fellow con man. Juan asks Marcos to show him the ropes, because his father, also a con man, is in jail and he needs to raise money quickly to bribe a judge to reduce his father’s sentence from 10 years to 6 months.

Then, a scheme seemingly falls into their laps: Sandler (Oscar Nuñez), a former business associate of Marcos, needs his help to sell counterfeit copies he made of some rare stamps called “The Nine Queens”. The potential mark is Gandolfo (Ignasi Abadal), a rich Spaniard who is facing deportation and desperate to smuggle his wealth out of the country. Gandolfo has no time to fully check if the stamps are authentic but he hires an expert (Leo Dyzen) to do a quick check and is satisfied. He offers $450,000 for the stamps, with the exchange agreed to take place that evening. In the intervening time, the stamp expert demands from Juan and Marcos a cut, as he knew the stamps were in fact forged. The fake stamps are then stolen out of Juan and Marcos’ hands by thieves on motorcycles who, unaware of their value, toss them into a river.

Director: Fabián Bielinsky

Writer: Fabián Bielinsky

Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Graciela Tenenbaum, María Mercedes Villagra, Gabo Correa, Pochi Ducasse, Luis Armesto

Cast:

Gastón PaulsJuan
Ricardo DarínMarcos
Graciela TenenbaumConvenience Store Employee
María Mercedes VillagraConvenience Store Employee 2
Gabo CorreaConvenience Store Manager
Pochi DucasseAunt
Luis ArmestoBar Waiter
Ernesto AriasBar Manager
Amancay EspíndolaWoman in Elevator
Isaac FajmVendor
Jorge NoyaAníbal
Leticia BrédiceValeria
Oscar NuñezSandler
Ignasi AbadalVidal Gandolfo
Carlos LanariMan on Cell Phone
Roberto ReyTexan
Tomás FonziFederico
Celia JuárezMrs. Sandler
Alejandro AwadaWashington
Antonio UgoD’ Agostino
Leo DyzenStamp Expert
Elsa BerenguerBerta
Carlos FalconeBerta’s Lover
Ricardo Díaz MourelleRamiro
Ulises CelestinoBellboy
Norberto ArcusínOfficial
Gabriel MolinelliCárdenas
Emanuel MercadoBoy at Subway
Claudio RissiSpaniard (voice)
Roly SerranoCastrito

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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