Dancer and the Thief, The (2009): Spain’s Entry for Foreign Language Oscar

The Dancer and the Thief (“El Baile de la Victoria”) is Spain’s entry for the 2009 best foreign language film Oscar.

It’s directed by Fernando Trueba, Oscar winner for “Belle Epoque,” based on the novel of the same name by Antonio Skarmeta (“Il Postino”).

With the transition to democracy, Chile’s president issues a sweeping pardon of all prisoners not charged with violent crimes. Among the beneficiaries is young Ángel Santiago (Abel Ayala) and the veteran Vergara Grey (Ricardo Darín), a renowned safe-cracker.
The future plans of the two men cannot be more diametrically opposed. While Vergara Grey seeks only to recover his family and begin a new life, Ángel dreams of exacting revenge on the prison warden and landing a big score.   Victoria (Miranda Bodenhöfer), however, crosses their path, altering the course of events and forcing everyone’s destiny to change.