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The Aura -- In this crime thriller, a bored taxidermist becomes involved in a robbery plot.
The Aura -- A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime.


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15 September 2005 (Argentina) See more »
A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ricardo Darín ... Esteban Espinosa, the taxidermist

Dolores Fonzi ... Diana Dietrich
Pablo Cedrón ... Sosa
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart ... Julio
Jorge D'Elía ... Urien
Alejandro Awada ... Sontag
Rafa Castejón ... Vega
Manuel Rodal ... Carlos Dietrich
Walter Reyno ... Montero
Alejandro Gancé
Daniel Alejandro Ovando
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guido D'Albo ... Hotel administrator

Daniel Delevin
Eva ... The dog
Claudio Rissi ... Vega (voice)
Tatiana Saphir ... Prostitute
Victoria Vescio ... Vanina, the prostitue's daughter

Directed by
Fabián Bielinsky 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fabián Bielinsky 

Produced by
Mariela Besuievsky .... producer
Cecilia Bossi .... executive producer
Pablo Bossi .... producer
Diego Conejero .... executive producer
José Garcia Espina .... on-set executive producer
José Luis García Espina .... executive producer
Augusto Greco .... assistant producer
Samuel Hadida .... producer
Victor Hadida .... executive producer
Gerardo Herrero .... producer
Ariel Saúl .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lucio Godoy 
Cinematography by
Checco Varese 
Film Editing by
Alejandro Carrillo Penovi 
Fernando Pardo 
Casting by
Eugenia Levin 
Art Direction by
Mercedes Alfonsín 
Set Decoration by
Matías Martínez 
Fernanda Tripoli 
Costume Design by
Marisa Urruti 
Makeup Department
Marisa Amenta .... makeup artist
Production Management
Federico Brizzio .... production manager
Micaela Buye .... assistant production manager
Federico Noejovich .... location production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Federico Berón .... assistant director
Martin Hodara .... second unit director
Sound Department
Carlos Abbate .... supervising sound editor
Droopy .... foley editor
Droopy .... foley recordist
José Luis Díaz .... supervising sound editor
Facundo Paco Girón .... boom operator
Cecilia Rivero .... sound editor
Victor Alejandro Tendler .... sound mixer
Guido Valerga .... boom operator
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Special Effects by
Federico Cueva .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Iñaki Bilbao .... digital supervisor
Gabriel Campañó .... mastering supervisor
Blas Galera .... digital conform editor
Claudio Güell .... digital intermediate colorist
Jorge Jesús .... digital colorist
Claudio Langsam .... digital effects artist
Gonzalo Moure .... visual effects supervisor
Marcos Onaindia .... visual effects supervisor
Cristian Tonhaiser .... visual effects artist
Federico Cueva .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Aníbal Cattaneo .... key grip
Maximiliano Curcu .... video assist
Juan Guzmán .... film loader
Leonardo Hermo .... first assistant camera
Mathias Mesa .... camera operator: "a" camera
Matías Mesa .... Steadicam operator
Jaime Muschietti .... electrician
Gabriel Quevedo .... assistant Steadicam operator
Gabriel Quevedo .... assistant camera
Ricardo W. Romero .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Soledad Cancela .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Chema Alba .... scanning and film recording
Eva Alonso .... post-production coordinator
Noelia Gorrón .... post-production coordinator
Nuria López .... scanning and film recording
María Martín .... post-production coordinator
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... color timer
Luciana Pets .... assistant editor
Pablo Polo .... on-line editor
Verónica Pérez .... scanning and film recording
Cristina Rissotto .... negative cutter
Franciso Román .... post-production coordinator
Silvia Torralba .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Dario Eskenazi .... composer: additional music
Dario Eskenazi .... musician: piano
Juan Pablo González Saccone .... assistant music engineer
Transportation Department
Alejandro Sarquis .... transportation captain
Other crew
Juan Aguirre .... key accountant
Raquel Flotta .... publicist: R.F. Comunicaciones
Fabian Gabelli .... animal wrangler
Guillermo Greco .... continuity
Mariana Hambra .... production assistant
Marina Hambra .... production assistant
Lito Muratchik .... seguros
Clarissa Pardina .... production assistant
Edgardo Sanucci .... legal consultant
Paola Scagnet .... production coordinator
Andrés G. Schaer .... premiere and release

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El aura" - Argentina (original title)
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134 min | Argentina:138 min
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Did You Know?

According to Carlos Dietrich hunting authorization, his birth date is April 4th, 1946.See more »
Movie Connections:
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Overly conceptual, slightly derivative caper still worth the watch, 4 April 2007
Author: D A from SoFla, UsA

Gently mesmerizing, though overstated and slightly clunky, The Aura is an original crime drama that feels a little too derivative for it's own good. Immediately we are given a lead with epilepsy, falling to the ground and blacking out in the most unusual of circumstances. Right away the concept feels slightly familiar for anyone who languished over Memento's originality, and you hate to see this gimmicky concept worked into the script. To top it off, it seems like the addition of these epileptic fits are largely superficial and have little baring on the plot's mechanics, dealing in stolen identity and the fantasy of committing crimes. The plot moves along intriguingly enough from one set-piece to the next, although lengthy shots often distract from the tightly wound script in favor of cinematographic excess. The surprising death of relatively young and promising Argentinian film-maker Fabián Bielinsky is a slight blow for Spanish thrillers, but should not lend to overselling the film on the small virtues it carries.

Mainly sinking the film past an excited response, is the dominating lead role played uniformly one-noted by a tired Ricardo Darín. It is evident his bored taxidermist character demands a certain detachment and dissatisfaction with the current lifestyle in order to convincingly sink into the world of organized crime without a second's hesitation, but here Darin substitutes any personality for the soulless take, pushing all but the most ardent viewers away with an uneventful performance.

The Aura does hold enough promise in it's development to keep a mild interest for all fans of more stylistic neo-noir type fare. The unrealistic, though sensitively captured mistaken crime fantasy does have a few finely executed moments, particularly amongst the action's more low-key points-of-view. Still, a strenuous pace, highlighting the apathetic leading character's motivations and personality, will keep most excitement and suspense to a minimum.

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