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The Aura -- A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime.

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15 September 2005 (Argentina) See more »
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A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Fabián Bielinsky (1959-2006) See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Victoria Vescio ... Vanina, the prostitue's daughter
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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
 
Stunts
Federico Cueva .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aníbal Cattaneo .... key grip
Maximiliano Curcu .... video assist
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
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
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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Runtime:
134 min | Argentina:138 min
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The museum scenes were actually shot at two different locations distant from each other. The exterior shot and the scene in which Sontag is introduced were filmed at Museo de La Plata (In the city of La Plata), while both the hall of stuffed mammals and bank scenes were filmed in Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales (in the city of Buenos Aires).See more »
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39 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Fabián Bielinsky (1959-2006), 1 September 2006
Author: jpschapira from Argentina

El Aura

A few months ago, a true tragedy occurred; and I'm gonna say the same thing many people did. This year, Fabián Bielinsky died of a heart attack at the age of 46 in Brasil, while promoting his second film. A heart attack was the misfortune of one of the great Argentine directors who leaves us two legacies of fabulous film-making: "Nueve Reinas" and "El Aura".

"Nueve Reinas" was a tale of the Buenos Aires reality; a tale of thieves and cops, a tale of honest people and bastards, a tale of being played (conned) in the best existent way. If America didn't watch Bielinsky's original version, they watched "Criminal"; and go check the credits because he is there and if I watched "Nueve Reinas" today, I'm sure I'd feel the same way: Wow!

It took him five years to release his second movie. I don't know when he started writing it, when he finished it and in how many time he shot it, but I know he did a flawless job. A movie like "El Aura", in any other country, is a very good film from Argentina, but for us it's something we've never seen before; something that makes us think and feel.

Argentine cinema is nationalist; it shows our customs, the family life…And that's great, because new filmmakers have the chance of telling real stories and getting to the viewer…But with Bielinsky the line is indifferent; the main character in "El Aura", a taxidermist, could be a person from any part of the world; but he is Argentinean and he goes to the Patagonia on a hunting trip.

What happens during that trip I can't tell, but hint; it's about a robbery Bielinsky's main character always dreamed of, about a dog that represents a lot more than an animal, about secrets told and secrets known, about epilepsy. The taxidermist haves these attacks and the movie begins when he has woken up after having one.

In one occasion, he is asked: "Do they hurt?". "No", he says. "I know when they're going to come; because a few seconds earlier, I feel something…The doctors call it 'aura'…" The explanation which follows that statement is a pure demonstration of the cinematographic language. Because Bielinsky understands the language, he plays freely with it.

His picture is full of silence, but it wouldn't be as good without the shots he achieves while the silence lasts and the facial expressions of the taxidermist; but that's the work of an actor. Ricardo Darín is the most popular actor of our country, but we see him act every time, and the ones who love cinema, know; that today he is also the best actor we have. Just watch him here in the silence, pay attention to his body language; he carries the whole film on his shoulders.

However, the rest of the cast is first-rate. Dolores Fonzi, Alejandro Awada, Jorge D'Elía, Pablo Cedrón, a growing young talent called Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (a cast member of the Argentine adaptation of "Desperate Housewives" Mom!) and a totally unexpected and revealing portrayal by Walter Reyno. The film has been discussed in many ways, because it might mean more than it appears to mean. Don't worry about that, just admire this unique work and then feel happy for it.

Fabián Bielinsky: May you rest in peace.

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