Smoke & Mirrors


Smoke & Mirrors

Original title: El hombre de las mil caras

Release Date: September 23, 2016

Producers: Zeta Audiovisual, Atresmedia Cine, Atípica Films, Sacromonte Films, DTS Distributor de Televisión Digital, El espía de las mil caras A.I.E.

Distributor:  Warner Bros Pictures International

International Sales Film Factory

Genre: Thriller

Duration: 120’


Smoke & Mirrors is a story about con men and impostors inspired in true events and in one of the most intriguing characters of the last decades.

Francisco Paesa has been a businessman, a Swiss banker, international arms dealer, playboy, gigolo, diplomat, thief and secret agent: a spy.

At one point, Paesa is forced to leave the country. Years later, when he returns, everything has changed: he is bankrupt, his past reputation as a swindler and con-man means he is incapable of setting up another business and his relationship with Esther, his wife of 15 years, is about to come to an end.

In these circumstances, he receives a visit from Luis Roldan, the powerful ex director of the Civil Guard, who offers Paesa one million dollars if he helps him to safeguard twelve million dollars embezzled from the government budget Roldan used to control.  This becomes an ideal situation for Paesa’s acute mind to plan revenge for the government’s past actions and improve his finances by betraying his client.

With the help of Camoes, his inseparable partner, they will orchestrate an intricate and brilliant operation worthy of the best illusionist.




Director: Alberto Rodríguez

Executive Producer: José Antonio Félez

Screenwriters: Rafael Cobos López and Alberto Rodríguez

Director of Photography: Alex Catalán (AEC)

Line Producer: Manuela Ocón Aburto

Composer: Julio de la Rosa

Art Director: Pepe Domínguez del Olmo

Editor: José M. G. Moyano

Sound Recording: Daniel de Zayas

Digital Effects: Juan Ventura

Costume Designer: Fernando García

Make-up Artist: Yolanda Piña

Casting: Eva Leira and Yolanda Serrano

First Assistant Director: Adán Barajas

Producers: Antonio Asensio / José Antonio Félez / Francisco Ramos / Gervasio Iglesias / Mikel Lejarza / Mercedes Gamero

Production companies: Zeta Audiovisual / Atresmedia Cine / Atípica Films / Sacromonte Films / Telefónica Studios / El hombre de las mil caras A.I.E.

Associate producers: José Torrescusa (Atresmedia Cine) / Paco Gómez Zayas (Canal Sur) / Axel Kuschevatzky (Telefónica Studios) / Gabriel Arias-Salgado (Telefónica Studios)



Eduard Fernández

Jose Coronado

Marta Etura

Carlos Santos

Enric Benavent

Alba Galocha

Philippe Rebbot

Pedro Casablanc

Israel Elejalde

Tomás Del Estal

Jöns Pappila

Luis Callejo

Mireia Portas

Craig Stevenson

Emilio Gutiérrez Caba