Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Pablo Trapero|
|Produced by||Pablo Trapero|
|Written by||Nicolas Gueilburt
|Music by||Pablo Lescano|
|Edited by||Nicolás Goldbart|
El bonaerense is a 2000 Argentine, Chilean, French, and Dutch drama film. It was directed and produced by Pablo Trapero. The screenplay was a joint effort of Nicolas Gueilburt, Ricardo Ragendorfer, Dodi Shoeuer, Pablo Trapero, and actor Daniel Valenzuela, and partly funded by INCAA. It features Jorge Román, Mimí Ardú, among others.
After the locksmith Polaco (Hugo Anganuzzi) pulls a job on a safe and uses him as a scapegoat, Zapa is made to pay for the crime by serving in the Buenos Aires police jail, which is pictured as notoriously corrupt. This takes him to the La Matanza barrio in Greater Buenos Aires.
Here, Zapa is taken in as the protegé of his superior Gallo (Darío Levy) and begins to climb the ladder of corruption. At the same time he has an affair with instructor Mabel (Mimí Ardú).
His journey through the political underworld as he frames and bribes ultimately takes him to the edge of innocence, and a final confrontation with El Polaco.
- Jorge Román as Zapa
- Mimí Ardú as Mabel
- Darío Levy as Gallo
- Víctor Hugo Carrizo as Molinari
- Hugo Anganuzzi as Polaco
- Graciana Chironi as Zapa's Mother
- Luis Viscat as Pellegrino
- Roberto Posse as Ismael
- Aníbal Barengo as Caneva
- Lucas Olivera as Abdala
- Gastón Polo as Lanza
- Jorge Luis Giménez as Berti
The picture was screened at various film festivals, including: the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic; the Toronto Film Festival, Canada; the Chicago International Film Festival, USA; the Bergen International Film Festival, Norway; the Stockholm International Film, Sweden; and others.
New York Times film critic Stephen Holden lauded the film and wrote, "There are no crusading moralists to clean up the mess in El Bonaerense, Pablo Trapero's grim, dispassionate drama of police corruption, set mostly in contemporary Buenos Aires. This powerful sweat-stained swatch of Argentine neo-realism, filmed in harsh high contrast that throws its characters' faces into deep shadow, follows the initiation of Zapa (Jorge Román), a naïve police recruit, into a labyrinth of sleaze...[the film] is all the more disturbing for refusing to act as an exposé. It just throws up its hands and says that this is the way it is. And its pointed detachment lends certain scenes an almost farcical sense of the absurd."
- Chicago International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize, Pablo Trapero; for the uncompromising and raw depiction of the journey of a man lost in a society without values; 2002.
- Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival: Mayahuel Award, Best Film - Ibero-American Jury, Pablo Trapero; 2003.
- Lima Latin American Film Festival: Best Screenplay, Pablo Trapero; 2003.
- Lleida Latin-American Film Festival: Best Film, Pablo Trapero; 2003.
- Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor; Best Editing, Nicolas Goldbart; Best New Actress, Mimí Ardú; 2003.
- Thessaloniki Film Festival: Golden Alexander, Pablo Trapero; 2002.
- Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Art Direction, Sebastián Roses; Best Cinematography, Guillermo Nieto; Best Director, Pablo Trapero; Best Film; Best New Actor, Jorge Román; Best Original Screenplay, Pablo Trapero; Best Sound, Catriel Vildosola; Best Supporting Actress, Mimí Ardú; 2003.
- Cartagena Film Festival: Golden India Catalina, Best Film, Pablo Trapero; 2004.
- El bonarense at the Internet Movie Database
- El bonaerense at the cinenacional.com (Spanish)
- El bonaerense review at Cineismo by Guillermo Ravaschino (Spanish)
- El bonaerense film trailer on YouTube (Spanish)