A concentration camp survivor named Samuel Berg (Max von Sydow), a preternaturally lucky fellow, runs a European casino. One of his workers is Federico (Eusebio Poncela), a man who “steals” other people’s luck merely by laying a hand on them. When Samuel Berg has a fall out with Federico and takes away his powers, Federico sets out to find the luckiest man alive (Leonardo Sbaraglia), the lone survivor of a plane crash, in order to use his powers to overpower Samuel Berg in the one game he has never lost: Russian roulette using a revolver, with five of the six chambers loaded. Federico takes his partner through a series of tests in order to confirm his abilities. In the process they approach the tightening circle of underground chance games that will eventually lead them both, and a female cop on their heels, to a final showdown with Samuel Berg.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (born 5 December 1967) is a Spanish film director, script writer, and producer. He directed Intacto and 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. His film Esposados was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1996. Fresnadillo was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. In 1985, Fresnadillo moved to Madrid.
He started out in photography and cinema studies and then began his career in short films. In 1987, he set up a production company, which produced several short films and commercials. Fresnadillo went on to become a production assistant for Gustavo Fuertes’ short film El juicio final (1991) (US title The Final Judgement 1991).
In 1996, he had his debut with the black-and-white short film Esposados (US title: Linked), for which he was also the executive producer. The black comedy tells the story of a couple who are constantly fighting over money; when they find themselves winning the Christmas lottery… read more
The original concept: luck is a commodity. It can be given and taken away. The games they played were so simple but the contestants were wagering their houses and other possessions of great worth. If you touch someone will your luck be taken away? In this film that can happen and so can someone running across traffic blindfolded to test their own luck. I highly suggest watching this film, if not just for the concept.