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Nicolas Kasakoff, who is now 32, broke onto the international scene in 2003, three years after the former art director at Agulla & Baccetti/Buenos Aires turned his hand to directing, and just a year after he launched the Buenos Aires production company Nunchaku with partner/producer Claudio Pastorino. But it was clear from the beginning that he had a knack for seizing on off-kilter premises and taking them all the way. He was included in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director's Showcase in 2003, based on a campaign for a rollercoaster, of all things. In one spot—the campaign won a Gold Lion—we see doctors extracting a bird from the stomach of a rider who swallowed it while screaming. In another, patrons are so terrified of the ride, they start screaming hysterically while still waiting in line.