MARACANÁ.

By Cesar CHARLONE, Gonzalo LAMELA

MEDIO Y MEDIO FILMS SRL - as PROD

Drama - Pre-Production 2011

Sunday July 16, 1950 will be marked in the history of world football as the biggest victory won by a visiting team. The images of that party are still alive in the memory 60 years later, representing a turning point for sport and society and not only in Uruguay and Brazil. The legend grows day by da

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • URUGUAY, BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • SPANISH, PORTUGUESE
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 130 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Cesar CHARLONE, Gonzalo LAMELA
    • Writer(s)
    • Pablo VIERCI, Gonzalo LAMELA
    • Producer(s)
    • Gonzalo LAMELA (MEDIO&MEDIO Films)
    • Synopsis
    • In the 90's, a sports journalist accompanying the burial of Matucho Fígoli, kinesiologist, props and "adviser" of the Uruguayan national football from the exploits of Colombes in 1924 it won the World Championship Maracana, in 1950, and friend Obdulio Varela staff, captain and key man of this success. A modest handful of people accompanying the exhumation of the remains of Matucho. This fact spurs the curiosity of the period, leading to the boarding-house the "director", where he discovers that Matucho, in his later years, was developing an interpretation of the adventure of Maracana, registering in a notebook, without any literary or intellectual pretension , where he was trying to answer an uncomfortable question: "Who won Maracana?."
      Retrieving the notebook and other items Matucho used to reinterpret the story, the reporter notes that Matucho was discovered, behind the appearances, a different story, the reverse of the fabric of Maracana.
      Thanks to his friendship with Obdulio Varela, Matucho could understand, with the passage of time, Maracana was a recreation of life, a giant mirror that was there for anyone to look and understand a different logic, more subtle, which can crimp the facts differently. Who looked the winner, in fact it had not been so, and who seem to be the defeated, in fact, something had also been victorious. Learn from the victories and defeats, and how they are managed is the key to approach the interpretation of Matucho. In the puzzle he adds unusual historical facts, curious, and amazing coincidences that World Cup, everything that makes up a new and unique mosaic of the first World Cup after World War II. Nothing in this story seems to be casual, but everything seems to respond to a plot that weaves implacable, difficult to detect at the time, but more clear as far as time passes and can observe it in perspective.
      Matucho rewrites the story through two key figures in World Cup 1950: the Uruguayan captain and key man for the win blue, Obdulio Varela (for whom football was something "mental", as he said ) and the Brazilian goalkeeper, who overthrew an idol and was cursed for the rest of his life, having suffered the second goal in the final Uruguay: Moacyr Barbosa.
      Accompanying and recreating true facts of the history of these two characters, before and after the 1950 World Cup, and filling the spaces with their imagination that the story can not interpret, Matucho is understanding, gradually, the "secret" Maracana, which goes far beyond a series of football matches, where the line between confidence and arrogance "is a hair," as Obdulio.
      With these new lenses, with this new perspective, we see the turning of the main championship matches, including the final between Uruguay and Brazil, with leading roles for the two characters that accompany the story, Obdulio and Barbosa.
      In the end, the viewer understand why Matucho Fígoli was made long after the question "Who won Maracana?." The "achievement", the "glorious deeds" was much more complex than it seemed. In truth ends up being a universal allegory about the success and failure, and the essential values of life.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jan 01, 2012
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