The sharp Argentine comedy Nine Queens, premiering in Geneva at the Smith Opera House on Thursday, September 5, is delicious deviousness, a tale of con men that successfully cons the audience.
The audience thinks it's watching a buddy movie about a practiced swindler who takes a novice scamster under his wing. But there are stings-within-stings-within-stings in writer-director Fabián Bielinsky's film.
Set over 24 hours in Buenos Aires, capital of a nation ever teetering upon financial ruin, Nine Queens (its title refers to a rare set of stamps) has two apparently unprincipled principals struggling to keep ahead of runaway inflation and regular bank failure.
As did Hitchcock in North By Northwest, Bielinsky structures his film like an elaborate trap, each successive scene laying bait for different quarry. Is the financier conning the con artists or vice-versa?
Nine Queens will be screened September 5, 6, 7 and 8. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Running time is 1 hour, 55 minutes. In Spanish with subtitles, it is rated R for language, violence and a scene of sexuality. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats on Thursday are $3.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information.