The Dead Man and Being Happy

The Dead Man and Being Happy  {El muerto y ser feliz}
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The Dead Man and Being Happy
El muerto y ser feliz
Spain, 2012, 92 Minute Running Time
Topics: Black Comedy, Latino, Road Movie, Seniors
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Best Actor, FIPRESCI Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival

Santos (José Sacristán), an aging hit man diagnosed with cancer, reneges on a job he’s been paid for and leaves Buenos Aires with a stock of morphine to manage his pain. A much younger woman, Érika, jumps in his car at a gas station and tags along; their journey takes them to a series of fascinating, idiosyncratic locales throughout Argentina, as Santos tries to remember the names of all the people he has killed. Érika is estranged from her family since an affair with her father’s cousin came to light on the eve of her wedding; a visit to her family estate builds to a romantic payoff and a dramatic showdown.

Shooting on grainy 16mm film, director Javier Rebollo (Woman Without Piano) cleverly undercuts his weighty dramatic themes with subtle, playful, deadpan voiceovers, striking a uniquely offbeat tone. He gets pitch-perfect performances from his two leads, and takes his time to let their attraction build.

Winner: Best Actor and FIPRESCI Award, San Sebastián Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Javier Rebollo
Producer: Jose Nolla, Luis Miñarro, Lola Mayo, Damian Paris
Editor: Ángel Hernández Zoido
Screenwriter: Lola Mayo, Javier Rebollo, Salvador Roselli
Cinematographer: Santiago Racaj
Principal Cast: José Sacristán, Roxana Blanco, Jorge Jellinek, Carlos Lecuona, Valeria Alonso
Filmography: Woman Without a Piano (2009), Lo que sé de Lola (2006)
Print Source: Urban Distribution International - www.urbandistrib.com

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