Dying Beyond Their Means

A film by Isaki Lacuesta.

Synopsis.

Five desperate, common citizens from a fictitious country pretty much identical to Spain see their lives ripped apart by a global financial crisis. With nothing left to lose, they concoct a crazy plan to save their country’s—not to mention the world’s—economy: kidnap the chairman of the Central Bank and demand that he somehow restore everything to the way it used to be. Is their plan so naïve that it just might work? A dark and rowdy comedy about a country pushed to the economic brink and the everyday radicals who endeavor to save the day by any means necessary.

Director’s bio.

Isaki Lacuesta was born in Girona in 1975. He studied Audiovisual Communication at the Autónoma University of Barcelona. After completing a Master’s degree in Creative Documentary at the Pompeu Fabra University, he released his first feature film in 2002, entitled ‘Cravan vs Cravan’. It received awards at various international film festivals and was recognised by the critics as the best debut work of the year when it won the RNE Sant Jordi award. He continued working, writing and film scripts and creating short films and artistic installations. His following films –’La Leyenda del Tiempo’ (2006), ‘Los Condenados’ (2009) and ‘La Noche Que no Acaba’ (2010)– were also highly acclaimed in various competitions. In 2011, he won the Concha de Oro award at the San Sebastián Film Festival with ‘Los Pasos Dobles’, a feature film starring Miquel Barceló. He also produces contributions for the press and combines film with teaching.

Festivals and awards

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  • San Sebastián International Film Festival 2014 – Official Selection.
  • Official Selection in Göteborg Film Festival
  • Official Selection in Spanish Film Festival (Lincoln Center), Nueva York
  • Official Selection in SEMINCI Valladolid International Film Festival
  • Official Selection in LPA Film Festival

Original title

Dying Beyond Their Means

Genre

Black comedy, Crime.

Director

Isaki Lacuesta

Cast

Raul AREVALO, Luis TOSAR, Imanol ARIAS, Jose CORONADO, Barbara LENNIE, Sergi LOPEZ, Emma SUAREZ, Albert PLA, Jordi VILCHES, Ariadna GIL, Carmen MACHI, Eduard FERNANDEZ, Ivan TELEFUNKEN, Alex BRENDEMÜHL, Angela MOLINA

Specifications

Spain / Spanish / 2014 / 102 min

Available subtitles

English.

Production companies

Sentido Films, La Termita Films, Versus Entertainment, Alicorn Films.

Executive producers

Rafael Portela, Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta, Alejandro Miranda, Marc Cases, Victor Cavaller, Jordi Comellas.

Screenwriters

Isaki Lacuesta, Isa Campo.

Director of photography

Diego Dussuel, Marc Gomez del Moral.

Music

Judit Farrés, Albert Pla.