Mal día para pescar
Bad Day to Go Fishing

Alvaro Brechner

Uruguay/Spain, Drama, 2009
104 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth, and his manager Orsini, a scrawny yet dapper businessman who calls himself "The Prince," make a good living by traveling around small South American towns and organizing wrestling exhibitions in run down theaters. Jacob is an uncontrollable titan of impressive dimensions who can only be appeased by the soft soothing melody of Lili Marleen. Once this oddball pair disembark at the village of Santa Maríam business really kicks off. Ever so resourceful, Orsini knows how to find the right combatant but fishing in Santa María could lead to a bigger catch than he's hoped for. Although the cunning editor of the local newspaper is convinced to have sniffed out Orsini's secret, he very well might be on a false track....
Mal día para pescar was an official selection in the 48th Cannes International Critic's Week 2009.


Regional Premiere


Born in 1976 in Montevideo, Alvaro Brechner has lived in Spain since 1999. He has directed several documentaries for the History Channel, the Odyssey Channel, Spanish National TV (TVE) and three short films. Mal día para pescar is his first feature film.


Producer: Virginia Hinze, Pablo Ramírez
Production Companies: Expresso Films, Baobab Films, Telespan 2000
Screenwriter: Alvaro Brechner, Gary Piquer
Cinematographer: Alvaro Gutiérrez
Editor: Teresa Font
Sound Design: Nacho Royo
Music: Mikel Salas
Cast: Gary Piquer, Jouko Ahola, Antonella Costa, César Troncoso


mal dia para pescar

Regal Metropolitan - Fri. April 23 8:00 PM

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Director Alvaro Brechner in attendance.