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The Contestant (2007)

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A black comedy chronicling the fate of the biggest gameshow prize in history.

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Rodrigo Cortés

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Rodrigo Cortés
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo Sbaraglia ... Martín Circo Martín
Chete Lera ... Edmundo
Miryam Gallego Miryam Gallego ... Laura
Fernando Cayo ... Eloy
Myriam De Maeztu Myriam De Maeztu ... Santillana
Luis Zahera ... Pizarro
Óscar Rodríguez Óscar Rodríguez ... Vendedor en el hangar
Juan Jesús Valverde Juan Jesús Valverde ... El Encargado
Amaia Lizarralde Amaia Lizarralde ... Ejecutiva de TV
Luisa Martínez Luisa Martínez ... Secretaria de Pizarro (as Luisa Martínez Pazos)
Juli Cantó Juli Cantó ... Empleado del banco
Javier Jurdao Javier Jurdao ... Hombre de gris 1
Tomás del Estal ... Hombre de gris 2
Carlos Manuel Díaz Carlos Manuel Díaz ... Superior en el banco
Charo Zapardiel Charo Zapardiel ... Teniente
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"The Contestant" recounts the roller coaster ride of Martin Circo, the lucky winner of the most lucrative game-show prize in television history to the tune of 3 Million Euros. In this biting satire on consumer society, Martin's stroke of luck sees his life turned upside down. Sometimes, one piece of good luck can ruin your life. Written by Anonimo

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Connections

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Circus Honey Blues
Written by Rodrigo Cortés and Víctor Reyes
Performed by Andy Philips.
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Extraordinary bomb of time
5 April 2007 | by letalberdiSee all my reviews

A normal guy ruins his life because a stroke of good luck. Will the director die for the same reason? I don't think so, for he shows much more than simple luck on the guiding of this extraordinary film about the truth and the appearance of truth, abut the luck and the evil of the banks, about the fast and the cinema itself. Rodrigo Cortes directs his first film with master hand, it's difficult to believe this is his first feature. I haven't seen his short films, but I'll try to, since the joy and good time this movie has given to me. Impactant editing, masterful script, extraordinary music, amazing directing, unbelievable acting (and can an actor be more handsome??)... At first I thought this film was going to be a pedant bluff, but at the minute 20 I couldn't stop watching at the screen, almost hypnotized. I'll never trust a bank again!!


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16 March 2007 (Spain) See more »

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$302,487
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