The Snatch Thief
by Agustín Toscano
In the Argentinian city of Tucumán, Miguel is making a living as a “motochorro”, a thief who snatches people’s belongings fromhis motorbike. When he steals the purse of Elena, an old woman, he ends up hurting her badly. After the brutal incident, Miguel is plagued by guilt and unable to forget about his victim. In an attempt to make things right, he conceals his true identity from the old woman and starts to take care of the injured and unsuspecting Elena. The closer he gets to her the more he becomes entangled in his own lies. Afraid of telling Elena the truth, Miguel continues to be haunted by his past and is unable to find true redemption. The Snatch Thief tells a strong relational drama against the backdrop of the police strike in 2013 when the city of Tucumán was overtaken by chaos, violence and riots.
Agustín Toscano was born in 1981 in San Miguel de Tucumán. He’s an actor, screenwriter and director of theatre and film. He studied in the National University of Tucumán, in the Theatre Career, and in the School of Cinema Video and Television of the University of Tucumán. His first feature film, The Owners, co- directed with Ezequiel Radusky, had its premiere in the 52nd Semaine de la Critique in 2013, where it got a Special Mention from the jury. The film also won the 2014 Silver Condor Award for Best First Work given by the Association of Cinematographic Reporters of Argentina. The Snatch Thief is Toscano’s second feature.
2013: The Owners (Los Dueños)
Pilar Benitez Vibart
Scriptwriter and Director: Agustín Toscano
Cinematographer: Arauco Hernández Holz
Production Design and Costume: Gonzalo Delgado Galiana
Editor: Pablo Barbieri
Sound Design: Catriel Vildosola
Music: Maxi Prietto
Associated Producer: Laurent Lavolé (Gloria Films)
Co-Producers: Diego Robino Picón, Santiago López
Producers: Natacha Cervi, Hernán Musaluppi, Georgina Baisch, Cecilia Salim
format DCP / colour / 1.85:1 / 5.1
length 93 min.
original languages Spanish