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EL HOMBRE DE LAS MIL CARAS / Smoke and Mirrors

EL HOMBRE DE LAS MIL CARAS / Smoke and Mirrors

Following up his internationally acclaimed regional noir Marshland with a larger-scale study of institutional corruption, Rodríguez’s seventh feature proficiently borrows moves from Scorsese, Sorrentino and a surfeit of other stylists to tell the fact-inspired story of sometime spy Francisco Paesa […] (Guy Lodge, Variety)

Smoke and Mirrors is the tale of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and impostors, taking its inspiration from true facts. In 1995, Luis Roldán, Chief of the Guardia Civil, and his wife hire Francisco Paesa to conceal 1.500 million pesetas embezzled from the public coffers. With the help of Jesús Camoes, his inseparable partner, Paesa sets up a brilliant operation where truth and lies have hazy borders.

ALBERTO RODRÍGUEZ, born in 1971, is a Spanish director and writer. His first feature film, The Suit, participated in the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. His subsequent films, 7 Virgins, After, and Unit 7, received multiple international awards. Marshland won ten Goyas and premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, as did Smoke and Mirrors. // Films (selection): El traje (The Suit, 2002), 7 vírgenes (7 Virgins, 2005), After (2009), Grupo 7 (Unit 7, 2012), La isla mínima (Marshland, 2014; CE’15), El hombre de las mil caras (Smoke and Mirrors, 2016)

European Panorama Fiction 2017


Spain 2016
DCP / Cinemascope / color
123 minutes
OmeU / OV with engl. subtitles

Alex Catalán
José M. G. Moyano
Daniel de Zayas, César Molina, Pelayo Gutiérrez, José Antonio Manovel
Julio de la Rosa
Eduard Fernández, José Coronado, Marta Etura, Carlos Santos, Enric Benavent, Alba Galocha, Philippe Rebbot, Pedro Casablanc, Israel Elejalde, Emilio GutiérrezCaba
Antonio Asensio, Francisco Ramos (Zeta Audiovisual, ES), José Antonio Félez (Atípica Films, ES), Mikel Lejarza, Mercedes Gamero (Atresmedia Cine, ES), Gervasio Iglesias (Sacromonte Films, ES), Movistar Plus (ES)



Zeta Audiovisual
Orduña 3
28034 Madrid, Spain
World Sales

Film Factory Entertainment
Lincoln 11, 2/4
08006 Barcelona, Spain

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere