Bad Day to Go Fishing
Jacob van Oppen - formerly "the strongest man on earth," now a washed-up alcoholic - and his crafty manager, Orsini, make good money staging bogus wrestling matches in small South American towns. When this oddball duo arrives in the unassuming village of Santa Maria, business really takes off: the local newspaper sponsors the fight, and the quiet hamlet becomes plastered with posters announcing an open challenge to a worthy adversary. The ever-resourceful Orsini is sure he can find the right opponent to throw the fight, but fishing in Santa Maria yields a bigger catch than he'd hoped for.
Bonus shorts directed by Alvaro Brechner: Sofia; The Nine Mile Walk
Sound: Stereo 2.0
- "Alvaro Brechner's ambitious debut is something like a retro The Wrestler by way of the Coen brothers."
- "An amusing and poignant fable!"
- "Briskly paced, nicely lensed and engagingly quirky!"
Awards & Recognition
Uruguayan Film Critics Association
Mar del Plata Int'l Film Festival
Sofia Int'l Film Festival
Free Spirit Award
Warsaw Int'l Film Festival
Best New Director
Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival
Montreal World Film Festival
Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
Pusan Int'l Film Festival
Sao Paulo Int'l Film Festival.
NYU Latin American Film Festival
San Diego Lantino Film Festival
San Juan Int'l Film Festival