Romance - Pre-Production 2016

A “soccer romantic comedy” contextualized during the three superclásicos in a row that were played in 2004. A Boca fan will fall in love with a River fan who has never allowed herself to break a promise that she made to her father on his deathbed: “NEVER WITH A BOCA JRS. FAN.”

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Romance, Black comedy, Second film
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    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Lucas BLANCO
    • Writer(s)
    • Lucas BLANCO, Roberto TESTA
    • Producer(s)
    • Pensa ROCCA (PENSA&ROCCA CINE), Jonathan DANIELE (Crisálida Proyect)
    • Synopsis
    • A “soccer romantic comedy” that takes place in a Buenos Aires divided by the rivalry between Boca and River during 2004, when they faced each other 3 times in a span of days.
      Gutiérrez (40, sports statistician and Boca fan), will fall in love with his new neighbor María (35, River fan), who lives with the burden of a promise she made to her father before he passed away… “NEVER WITH A BOCA JRS. FAN.”
      María and Gutiérrez will meet during the first Superclásico after María yells River’s goal out the window. Faced with Gutiérrez’s anger, she discovers with surprise and horror that her enigmatic neighbor is a Boca fan. River wins, and along with his grief, Gutiérrez faces an equally disturbing event: an anonymous letter that had predicted the exact result of the game.
      Minutes before the second game (and the first of the Libertadores Cup), Gutiérrez receives another letter: “Boca wins 1 to 0.” As soon as the game begins, there is a blackout in the whole neighborhood. Gutiérrez sees María go out to look for a bar, and invites her to listen to the game on the radio. The situation looks like a romantic date: they drink wine under candlelight, but instead of violins, they listen to the match. The radio narration parallels them: Boca is the local, but finds it difficult to advance, River waits quietly… María discovers with horror that this stranger (a forbidden one) is attractive to her. Suddenly, an unexpected goal by Boca sends Gutiérrez over the table to kiss María. And a new game begins.
      The romance between María and Gutiérrez prospers despite their opposing soccer loyalties. And Gutiérrez meets with the secret organization that sent letters to him. They “explain” that soccer is a planned show and that the athletes are actors who serve a global political plot. They need Gutiérrez’s professional collaboration for a new super project: creating the new Maradona, but without the conflictive characteristics of the original. Gutiérrez must introduce a new boy into the statistics, he will be called “Messi.” They offer him a generous check, and he accepts. María takes this as a terrible blow: Gutiérrez has disappointed her like every man in her life, and she decides to leave him. Days of melancholy follow until Gutiérrez gives up on his deal with the “organization”, and him and María decide to start over. But things will not be easy: the final game between River and Boca is coming, and it’s for a place in the final. They have tried everything, even therapy. Will the couple be prepared to survive this?
      Maybe they will, maybe they will not, but in soccer there is always a rematch. And in the end it is 11 against 11, all goals are worth the same, and what matters are the three points… and our solitary protagonists have understood that everything that truly is worth it… is done together.
    • Partners & financing
    • Pensa&Rocca Cine, Crisálida Proyect y INCAA
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jun 06, 2016
    • End of shooting
    • Jul 08, 2016
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