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The Dancer and the Thief (2009; Spanish: El Baile de la Victoria) is a film directed by Fernando Trueba, produced in Spain and filmed in Chile. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by author Antonio Skármeta, winner of the Premio Planeta de Novela award in 2003. The film was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.[1]

The Dancer and the Thief
Spanish: El Baile de la Victoria
Directed byFernando Trueba
Produced byJessica Berman
Written byAntonio Skármeta
Fernando Trueba
StarringRicardo Darín
Abel Ayala
Miranda Bodenhöfer
Ariadna Gil
Julio Jung
Mario Guerra
CinematographyJulián Ledesma
Edited byCarmen Frías
Release date
  • 27 November 2009 (2009-11-27) (Spain)
Running time
127 min
  • Chile
  • Spain



With the arrival of democracy in Chile following the 1988 national plebiscite, the president of Chile declares a general amnesty for all prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes.

Among these former prisoners is the young Ángel Santiago (Abel Ayala) and the veteran Vergara Grey (Ricardo Darín), a famous thief. The two have different plans: while Vergara Grey only wishes to regain his family and turn over a new leaf, Ángel dreams of avenging the prison warden and undertaking a grand heist with Grey. But then Ángel meets the young Victoria (Miranda Bodenhöfer), a ballet dancer who has not spoken a word since she lost her parents as a small child during the Chilean dictatorship.

The lives of all three are changed irrevocably as they are faced with a new future.

Director Fernando Trueba has said of the film: “I am proud of how I have portrayed [Santiago], I believe it is very interesting visually. This is above all a romantic film, but with elements of comedy and film noir. It’s film-noir and it is western, it’s realist and very romantic. Definitively Latin American.”[2]


The Dancer and the Thief was nominated for nine awards at the 24th Goya Awards, including Best Director and Best Film.,[3][4]



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  1. ^ España nomina al Oscar a El baile de la victoria, basada en obra de Skármeta by D. P. A. - September 29, 2009 - retrieved on April 18, 2015
  2. ^ Fernando Trueba: "Estoy orgulloso de cómo he retratado Santiago" por Marisol García - March 07, 2009 - retrieved on April 18, 2015
  3. ^ Premios Goya 2010 EDICIONES EL PAÍS, S.L. retrieved on April 18, 2015
  4. ^ Goya Awards official page Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain

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